From lectures by leaders in energy industry and government, to casual lunchtime discussions between energy students and professionals, to seminars and workshops where researchers present their latest work on a wide range of energy topics, the Energy Initiative presents numerous opportunities for the Duke community and the wider energy community to network, learn and explore.

All upcoming energy events are listed below. Visit our Energy Research Seminars page and our Energy Student Events page for more details on those activities.


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Upcoming Events:

Latest update 2015-04-24. All events are on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, April 30: Durable Goods Demand and the Rationality of Consumers' Price Expectations: Evidence from Gasoline and Diesel
Part of the Duke Energy Economics and Policy Seminars. Cosponsored by Economic Research Initiatives at Duke
Research presentation by Ryan Kellogg of the University of Michigan's Department of Economics.
3:15-4:45 p.m.
Sanford 223 (Rhodes Conference Room)

Tuesday, May 5: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix welcomes Duke faculty and research staff who will attend a research collaboration workshop earlier in the day. Parking will be provided in the Chem Lot next to Gross Hall.
4:30-7 p.m.
Winter Garden
Second floor, Gross Hall

Thursday, May 14: Connecting Climate: Contributions, Coalitions and Carbon Markets
Sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Duke University School of Law
After 20 years of efforts to implement the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change is entering a new chapter. Negotiations in Paris in December 2015 aim to launch a new regime for 2020 and beyond. Current plans for the post-2020 regime call on each country to propose its own "intended nationally determined contribution" to the global effort. This workshop will discuss and debate how the new international regime should be designed to embrace and connect these diverse policies and measures, and will explore what we can learn about the design of the future international regime from the unfolding arrangements in regional efforts, how regional carbon markets can best be linked around the world, and how an international regime can best mobilize, and measure, efforts by countries or clubs/coalitions.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Duke School of Law
Registration is required.

Thursday, May 14: BioEnergy Symposium 2015: Beneficial Byproducts of Bioenergy
Students, academics and professionals are invited to attend this symposium sponsored by the UNC-Charlotte EPIC and IDEAS Center. Visit the symposium website for more information.
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m, followed by a reception to 8 p.m.
Student Activities Center Salons
UNC Charlotte
Registration is required.

Monday-Tuesday, May 18-19: Frontiers Conference
Presented by the Pratt School of Engineering
Frontiers is a great way for our industry partners to explore the latest research, development, and tech transfer opportunities at Duke Engineering. Featured research tracks will include energy materials, medical devices and data analytics. The conference's second day features the Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. For more information, visit the conference site.
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by dinner
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Science (CIEMAS)
Registration is required.

Thursday, May 21: The Social Cost of Carbon in Regulatory Analysis
A workshop co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy
The social cost of carbon (SCC) is currently used in a variety of regulatory impact analyses throughout the U.S. government to value the climate change impacts of various regulations. In 2013, the U.S. government released an update to its previous, 2010 estimate. This estimate, based on updates to the models used by the government in its 2010 analysis, raised the estimates by 40 percent and provoked a variety of questions and challenges mainly related to the process of establishing the SCC. This one-day workshop will examine the various questions the government faces when making use of the scientific literature on the SCC in order to create and maintain an estimate for regulatory purposes. The purpose is to examine whether a consensus exists among the workshop participants on recommendations for improving the SCC process in the future. Registration is closed. For more information, visit the event website.
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Duke Law School

Wednesday-Thursday, May 27-28: Inequality and the Economic Analysis of Climate Change
Sponsored by Duke University's Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy, and the SCRiM network
This conference is intended for Duke faculty, staff and graduate/professional students, as well as individuals with an academic affiliation elsewhere. It will include papers and presentations by economists, philosophers, policy scholars and lawyers on many aspects of the topic, such as the effect of intra- and intergenerational inequality on the social cost of carbon or optimal mitigation pathways; the distributional effects of mitigation policies such as carbon taxes, cap-and-trade or REDD; how current integrated assessment models (IAMs) such as RICE, FUND or PAGE take account of distributional concerns, and how IAMs can be refined to better do so; how equity concerns should influence disaster aid or other efforts to reduce the effects of global warming; altruism and equity; the choice between utilitarian and equity-regarding (e.g., "prioritarian") social welfare functions as the normative basis for evaluating climate policies; and the relation between equity and corrective justice (compensatory) considerations with respect to climate policy.
11 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Registration is required.


Previous Events:


Thursday, April 23: The Private Net Benefits of Residential Solar PV and Who Gets Them
Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Research Seminar Series and the Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminar Series
Research presentation by Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and Co-Director of the Energy Institute at Haas at the University of California-Berkeley.

Tuesday, April 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month, the Energy Mix was held at the N.C. State Energy Conference in Raleigh.

Wednesday, April 15: Smart Growth – Opportunities for a Green Revolution
Part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series. Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative.
Ralph Fuecks, a Heinrich Boell Foundation executive board member and former co-president of Germany's national Green Party (1989–1990), discussed how we deal with our current financial, resource scarcity, and climate crises by paying attention to their ecological and economical components. He explained how highly efficient technologies and an intelligent cycle of materials can in fact spur a shift to smart energy production, transportation, and urban development — a necessity if we want to secure the prosperity of a world population soon to reach 9 billion.

Tuesday, April 7: Energy Mentoring Conversations with Jim Rogers
Retired Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers discussed his career path and provide professional development advice to Duke students.

Monday, April 6: Increasing Energy Efficiency Through Community Engagement: Envision Charlotte Panel
Jim Rogers moderated a panel discussion focused on the City of Charlotte's Envision Charlotte program, which aims to build the most sustainable urban core in the nation. The program is a unique public-private collaboration that has created a global model for economic development, sustainability and quality of life. Envision Charlotte has connected all the office buildings in Charlotte’s center city to the electrical grid in order to measure energy as a single community with a single statistic, driving usage down with raised awareness and voluntary behavior change. The meaningful results have translated into reduced operating costs in the urban core, significant emissions reductions and an enhanced brand for recruiting and retaining businesses and talent. This approach is being emulated in other major cities and has drawn inquiries from around the world, moving the concept of a smart city from vision to reality. Panelists were Robert Phocas (Energy and Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte), Tom Shircliff (Co-founder, Intelligent Buildings, LLC), Kevin Franklin (Director of Customer Facing Operations, Duke Energy), Robert C. Vail (Senior Vice President, Bank of America) and Curt Radkin (Corporate Properties Sustainability Strategist, Wells Fargo).

Friday, Mar. 27: Women in Energy Panel
A panel of energy professionals discussed opportunities for women in the energy sector, then moderated breakout sessions focused on specific energy sectors. Panelists included Emily Felt (Business Development Manager, Duke Energy), Brittany Goff (Energy Management, GE Industrial Solutions), Maria Kingery (Co-founder and CEO, Southern Energy Management), Rebecca Stamps (Senior Product Manager, GE Industrial Solutions), Kiersten Williams (Vice President, G&S Business Communications), Betsy McCorkle (Director of Government Affairs, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association), Elizabeth Pratson (Department of Physics, Elon University) .

Wednesday, Mar. 25: Short Course with Rick Larrick (non-credit)
What is the best way to present energy information to consumers so that they understand it? How can you motivate consumers to save energy? This non-credit short course, led by Fuqua professor Rick Larrick, reviewed recent work in psychology and behavioral economics on how to help consumers make better decisions. Participants also discussed specific business and policy examples and brainstormed new applications.

Friday, Mar. 20: Power Trip: Piedmont Biofuels
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Students toured the Pittsboro renewable energy facility and other businesses on its campus.

Wednesday, Mar. 4: Power Lunch with Art Smith
Art Smith, president of Triple Double Advisors, LLC, presented a brief talk followed by discussion.

Friday, Feb. 27: Energy Mentoring Conversations/Power Lunch with Mark Florian
Mark Florian, managing director of First Reserve, discussed career pathways in energy, then presented a brief talk on "Energy Investing in a Dynamic Market."

Friday, Feb. 13: Power Trip: Raleigh
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
This tour of innovative energy facilities in Raleigh included N.C. State's PULSTAR reactor and Advanced Energy.

Thursday, Feb. 5: Power Lunch with Rob Jacobs
Rob Jacobs, CEO of Caird Energy, LLC, made a presentation and took questions from students.

Thursday, Jan. 22: Power Trip: Campus Steam Plant
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Our spring slate of Power Trips kicked off with a guided tour of the West Campus Steam Plant.

Wednesday, Jan. 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix welcomed guests from the Energy Career Panel hosted by the Duke Energy Club for undergraduate students, and the Bass Connections open house.


Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters