Energy Speaker Series: Each semester the Energy Initiative brings nationally and internationally known energy experts to Duke to discuss current and relevant issues facing our country and the world. These speakers offer members of the university community the opportunity to engage in topics across the energy spectrum.

Energy Research Seminars: This new series will allow groups of faculty, researchers and students from Duke and other universities to learn about and receive feedback on new scholarly energy research. Duke seminar organizers may apply for Energy Initiative support by completing and submitting the co-sponsorship application form.

2013 Energy MixConferences: The Energy Initiative organizes or cosponsors several conferences during the academic year. Decisionmakers and leading experts from the business, policy and academic community meet for a day or more of in-depth discussions of specific energy issues.

Energy Mix: Meet businesspeople, faculty, entrepreneurs, students and other members of the local energy community who are interested in the future of energy at our monthly mixers. Check our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as our events calendar for dates and locations.

Power Lunches: Energy professionals, entrepreneurs and other guests join Duke students and faculty for small-group discussions of issues relating to their work. These events usually require advance sign-up for the limited number of available seats. Duke students are given precedence; outside guests may register to be put on a waiting list for available seats.

Power Trips: The Energy Initiative and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions co-host these trips to innovative energy facilities on the Duke campus, across the region and elsewhere in North Carolina. Power Trips last from 1.5 to 3 hours for campus tours to a half-day or full day for visits to other locations. Transportation is provided; registration is required. Power Trips are intended for students, though Duke faculty and staff may attend if we have space. Trips are not open to the public.

Non-credit classes: Beginning with the Energy Industry Fundamentals workshop at the start of each fall semester, the Energy Initiative sponsors or co-sponsors occasional not-for-credit classes on various energy topics. These classes, which may occur once or in a short series of meetings, will be listed on this Events page and in Currents, the biweekly student newsletter, as they are scheduled.


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Upcoming Events:

Latest update 2014-09-16. All events are on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Sept. 19: Panel discussion on Emerging Environmental Policy Issues in China
Sponsored by Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy through a grant from the Education and Research in China Program at Duke University
Leading scholars on the environment share their research and expertise on environmental policy in China. Panelists and subjects include:

  • Joanna Lewis, associate professor, Science, Technology and International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University: Examining China's Role in Global Clean Energy Technology Development
  • Benjamin van Rooij, John S. and Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law School of Law, University of California, Irvine: China's New Environmental Regulators
  • Shanjun Li, assistant professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University: Air Pollution and Traffic Congestion: Policy Options in China's Transportation Sector

Energy Initiative Director Richard Newell, Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School, and Brian Murray, Nicholas School research professor and Director for Economic Analysis at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will provide commentary and lead discussion after the presentations.
9-11:30 a.m.
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall

Friday, Sept. 19: The Clean Power Plan: What EPA's Carbon Rules Mean for North Carolina
Presented by the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR) and the UNC Institute for the Environment
Speakers from organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the UNC School of Law and the Institute for the Environment, the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the N.C. Utilities Commission will discuss the potential impact of proposed EPA carbon regulations on a wide variety of interests in North Carolina.
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Room 5042, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall
160 Ridge Rd.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Friday, Sept. 19: Duke Start-Up Challenge: Grand Finale
The Duke Start-Up Challenge is a year-long entrepreneurship competition with an entry pool of over 100 Duke student teams. After elimination rounds through the year and participation in the Summer Innovation Program, seven teams -- including 501Carbon, winner of the $10,000 Clean Energy Track prize -- remain in the fifth annual competition and will give their final pitch to win the $50,000 Grand Prize. The evening will also feature keynote speaker Max Hodak E’12, founder of Transcriptic. This event is part of Entrepreneurship Week at Duke.
8 p.m.
Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business
Registration required. Click here to register.

NOTE: The Energy Initiative will NOT hold an Energy Mix in September. Our networking receptions will resume in October.

Thursday, Sept. 25: Energy Engineering Minor Information Session
The Pratt School of Engineering will offer a drop-in information session for students interested or currently enrolled in the Energy Engineering minor. Lunch will be available.
12-1 p.m.
Hudson Hall 201

Thursday, Oct. 2: How Much do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
Part of the Duke Energy Economics and Policy Seminars and Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminars
Arik Levinson of the Economics Department at Georgetown University presents his research.
3:15-4:45 p.m.
Bldg O9, CR 137
RTI International (map)

Saturday, Oct. 4: Young Economists Jamboree: Energy economics presentation
Mar Reguant-Rido, assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will present her latest research during the Duke Economics Department's Young Economists Jamboree.
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Social Sciences 113
Click to view the Jamboree's full schedule.

Thursday, Oct. 16: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. Additional details to come about this month's theme and guests.
5-7 p.m.
Energy Hub, Gross Hall

Wednesday-Friday, Oct 22-24: Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference
The Triangle is home to the largest alternative fuels conference of its kind this year on the East Coast. More than 90 speakers will present on a full range of transportation technology, policy and business topics.
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh
Registration required at
Register now until Sept. 22 for a $75 discount, using code SPONSOR75.

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Power Trip: Charlotte Energy Tour
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
This day-long Power Trip will include visits to the facilities of three of the world's leading companies in energy innovation: Siemens, Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy. Open to current Duke students.
7:15 a.m. Meet at Gross Hall. Additional details will be provided to registered participants.
Registration required.


Previous Events:

Friday, Sept. 12: Cleaning up Cookstoves in India: Impacts, Opportunities and Challenges
The TISS/NCSU Energy and Security Initiative continues its Energy and Security Luncheon Series as Andrew Grieshop, an assistant professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at N.C. State, the environmental and energy impacts of cookstove use in less-developed countries. For more information, visit

Friday, Sept. 12: The Jevons Paradox: Why increasing the energy efficiency of the economy is accelerating global climate change
Presented by the Division of Earth & Ocean Sciences
Presentation by Tim Garrett, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah.

Thursday, Sept. 11: Shale Gas Development and Infant Health
Part of the Duke Energy Economics and Policy Seminars and Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminars
Elaine Hill, University of Rochester, discussed her most recent research, which utilizes quasi-experimental methods to study the impacts of shale gas development on infant health in Pennsylvania. Download her paper.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Power Lunch with Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers, retired chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, presented a lunchtime talk on "New Regulatory and Business Models for Utilities in the 21st Century."

Wednesday, Sept. 3: Power Trip: Duke University Chilled Water Plant
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
With the summer heat still in full effect, it’s an ideal time to check out Duke's chilled water plant, which provides cooling services to West Campus. This guided tour provided an in-depth look at one of Duke’s most innovative energy facilities.

Tuesday, Sept. 2: How Do Electricity Shortages Affect Productivity? Evidence from India
Part of the Duke Energy Economics and Policy Seminars/Department of Economics' Public/IO Seminars
Hunt Allcott, assistant professor of economics at New York University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, presented his research on electricity shortages and productivity.
A copy of Allcott's paper may be downloaded here.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Energy Industry Fundamentals
The Energy Industry Fundamentals Conference brings academics and practitioners from across the energy industry to provide Duke students with an overview of the industry, its challenges and opportunities, and where it is headed. A few of the many topics covered include oil and gas, the electric power sector, renewable energy, project finance, and career opportunities. This one-day intensive is designed to provide a broad introduction to the major themes and current issues of the global energy industry.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Energy Mix
The Energy Initiative and our co-host, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, welcomed the Duke energy community back to campus with our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, policymakers, faculty and other colleagues. Matt Zafuto, vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Sensus and vice-chairman of the RTCC board of directors, and RTCC secretary/treasurer Tim Fairchild, director of the Global Utilities practice at SAS, told us about the RTCC and the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Guests at this Energy Mix included RTCC members, students attending the Energy Industry Fundamentals course, and members of this year’s Bass Connections in Energy teams.


Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters