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Getting to 2050: an Online, Interactive, Energy Innovation Conference

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Learn how power suppliers will attain their voluntary goals of net-zero carbon emission by 2050

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Most Carolina energy consumers are now served by power suppliers that have adopted voluntary 2050 net-zero carbon emissions goals. This conference will take an objective look at integrating additional renewable resources, the evolving role of natural gas, re-licensing emission free nuclear generation and developing next generation technologies including advanced nuclear and carbon capture. Experts and executives will discuss:

  • employing technologies and beneficial electrification to reduce carbon ;
  • affordability and reliability;
  • coal plant retirement scenarios
  • large customer sustainability goals
  • public sentiment; and
  • potential state/federal policies that may shape our path to 2050.

Friday, August 14th

9:30 am Online conference platform opens – participants/host test technology

10:00 am Welcome/Safety Minute/Introductions/Program Overview – David Doctor, Chief Executive Officer, E4 Carolinas with our sponsors: Duke Energy and the North Carolina Electric Cooperatives

10:15 am The Generation Portfolio: Evolving Toward “Tomorrow” - Panelists will present an overview of the Carolinas’ current generation portfolio and how it will likely evolve as we advance toward a 2050 net zero carbon future and achievement of other state-specific priorities. The evolving roles of coal, natural gas, solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, energy storage and nuclear will be explored.

  • Moderators and Speakers Invited
  • Moderated discussion and Audience Q&A

11:45 pm Break

12:00 pm Beyond the Generation Portfolio: Our Evolving Infrastructure, Our Evolving Grids - The panelists will highlight the importance of non-generation infrastructure – both on the electric grid itself as well as infrastructure beyond the grid that complements grid reliability and resiliency. The panelists will discuss the roles of energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, grid resiliency, gas infrastructure and carbon capture for achieving policy goals.

  • Duke Energy
  • North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
  • Third speaker invited

12:45 pm Beyond Assets: Additional Considerations for Getting to 2050 - The pathway to 2050 will likely involve navigating trade-offs (e.g., carbon v. cost v. rapid build-out) and other considerations, including customer preferences, clean energy goals, transportation/process electrification, and commercialization of enabling technologies.

  • Moderators and Speakers Invited
  • Moderated discussion and Audience Q&A

2:15 pm Closing Remarks/Conference Concludes

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