The 2018 Clean Energy Summit will be rescheduled due to the potential impact of Hurricane Michael.

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Charting a New Path for
South Carolina's Clean Energy Future

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



7:30am          Convention Center Café Opens 

NEW THIS YEAR!  SCCEBA has coordinated with the Columbia Convention Center Café to provide Summit attendees a convenient spot to purchase grab-and-go beverage and breakfast items.  Be sure to stop by on your way to registration … or even during Summit Network Breaks!

8:00am         SCCEBA Business Meeting – Members Only 

Join SCCEBA Executive Director and the entire SCCEBA Board for an interactive discussion on SCCEBA’s current organizational structure and future direction.  This convening will actually be the FIRST EVER SCCEBA membership meeting, so – if you are a SCCEBA member – be sure to attend this important gathering. Not sure if your membership is current, email bonnie@scceba.biz to find out!  If you know yours is not, join or renew now.

8:30am        Registration & Clean Energy Marketplace Open

9:00am        Opening Remarks

SCCEBA Executive Director Bonnie Loomis
SCCEBA Board Chair Todd Delello, Division Manager Renewable Energy –
Gregory Electric

9:15am         Morning Plenary

Achieving Consensus through Collaboration 

Session Leader: SCCEBA Board Member Grant Reeves – The InterTech Group

In 2014, the South Carolina legislature adopted Act 236, the South Carolina Distributed Energy Resources Act.  Act 236 was the result of a collaborative effort that stands in stark contrast to more recent renewable energy legislative efforts.  This year’s Summit opens with a panel-style conversation among South Carolina energy leaders about the past, present and future of state energy policy development.  

10:15am       Networking Break

Be sure to visit the Convention Center Café for another cup of coffee or tea!

10:45am       Morning Concurrent Sessions 

Clean Energy Generation

Session Leaders: SCCEBA Board Members
Todd Delello, Division Manager Renewable Energy – 
Gregory Electric
Brian Harvey, Business Development Director – Entersolar

SCCEBA is working to advance South Carolina’s clean power generation to 25% by the year 2025. Where are we now? How do we move forward? What challenges and infrastructure needs exist?  How can your company participate in and benefit from this lofty effort? 

These and more questions will be discussed by:

  • Danny Kassis, Vice President Customer Relations & Renewables – SCE&G

  • Jason Martin, PE, Director of Policy & Strategy for Distributed Energy Technology, South Carolina – Duke Energy

Microgrids & Energy Storage

Session Leaders: SCCEBA Board Members
Jim Woods, Manager Clean Energy Products Manager – 
Shealy Electrical
Jason Martin, Director Distributed Energy Technology – 
Duke Energy

Energy Storage & Micro Grids are becoming common buzzwords in the industry, but exactly what do they mean and, more importantly, what will be their impact on your business? What are the benefits? How much does it cost? Where’s the technology today? What’s coming? These questions and others will be answered through a presentation followed by attendee engagement through Q&A, so you can determine if these solutions are best for your business needs.

This discussion will be lead by:

Building Performance

Session Leader: SCCEBA Board Member
Brad Van Meter, Comprehensive Solutions Account Manager – 
Trane / Ingersoll Rand

This panel of industry experts will discuss High Performance Buildings both from the perspective of both new & existing construction, including energy upgrades and modernization. The emphasis will highlight energy savings to reduce overall ownership and operations costs within both private and public sector.  The very latest intelligent building LED lighting systems will be showcased along with other significant energy conservation measures focused on HVAC, building automation system controls, water conservation, renewable energy and other comprehensive solutions. 

Panel members include:

This session is co-presented with the N.C. Building Performance Association.

11:45am       Networking Break 
12:00pm       Lunch


Lessons from Across the Country

Speaker: Chris Vlahoplus, Practice Lead Clean Tech & Sustainability – ScottMadden Management Consultants 


As South Carolina moves beyond the expectation that new nuclear will be a major part of the state’s clean energy mix, there are many paths that can be taken.  Which one is “just right” for the Palmetto state?  Chris Vlahoplus with ScottMadden’s Energy Practice Group will highlight the good (and the not-so-good) paths taken in other states, offering key insights that can inform the continuing conversation among South Carolina energy, policy, and business leaders about “what’s next” in our clean energy future.

Chris has been a management consultant to the energy and utility industry for over 27 years. He leads ScottMadden’s clean tech & sustainability practice area including a role as co-leader of the firm's nuclear consulting practice. He has assisted more than 45 companies focusing on strategic and business planning, electric generation business management, merger integration, organizational restructuring, and management models. He currently serves on the board of the Southeastern Wind Coalition and on the advisory board of the Duke University Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment.  Chris earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining ScottMadden, Chris worked in nuclear safety at Duke Power Company.

1:30pm         Networking Break

2:00pm         Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 

Clean Transportation

Session Leaders: SCCEBA Board Members
Doug Webster, Senior Associate – 
Jim Woods, Clean Energy Product Manager - Shealy Electrical Wholesalers

SCCEBA is working to advance South Carolina’s clean transportation to 25% by the year 2025.  Where are we now? How do we move forward? What challenges and infrastructure needs exist?  How can your company participate in and benefit from this lofty effort?  

These and more questions will be discussed by:

  • Scott Williams, Regional Vice President, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure – ABB Inc.

  • Keith Moody, General Manager  - Clemson Area Transit

Building Energy Efficiency

Session Presenter:
Ryan Miller – Executive Director -
N.C. Building Performance Association

In today’s environment, technology is changing more rapidly than ever … and, certainly, more rapidly than building energy efficiency policy.  This session will address regulatory barriers to and opportunities for increased investment in building energy efficiency, along with the secondary benefits produced in areas such as workforce development and the environment.

Utility Scale Solar Benefits for
Communities and Landowners

Session Presenters: 
Andrew S. Felts, Attorney at Law - Blanco Tackabery
Brittany L. Staszak, Landowner Relations & Community Development Manager – Pine Gate Renewables

Utility scale solar development is an integral part of SCCEBA’s goal of growing clean power generation in South Carolina to 25% by 2025.  Yet, the process of land acquisition and leasing for utility scale solar, as well as the community benefits of utility scale solar farm development in South Carolina, remain a bit murky to some.  Pine Gate Renewables and Blanco Tackaberry Law Firm will join forces in this session to discuss recent projects developed in South Carolina by Pine Gate Renewables and do a deep-dive into the steps it took to move from initial leasing to commercial operation.  

3:00pm         Networking Break 

Need an afternoon pick-me-up?  The Convention Center Café has you covered! 

3:30pm         Afternoon Plenary - CHARTING A NEW PATH FOR SC’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE:

Achieving Comprehensive Policy through Public Leadership

Session Leader: SCCEBA Board Member
Weston Adams, Partner – Nelson Mullins 

South Carolina’s NEW path toward a clean energy future will, most certainly, be connected to recent past, current and future legislation.  This session will offer insight from legislators who have been actively engaged in energy policy development on what to expect in the coming years, especially as Act 236 of 2014 faces possible re-authorization.
Confirmed participants as of publication:

  • The Honorable James Smith, S. C. House of Representatives

  • The Honorable Kirkman Finlay, S.C. House of Representatives

  • The Honorable Russell Ott, S.C. House of Representatives 

Invited participants, pending confirmation:

  • The Honorable Greg Gregory, S.C. Senate 

  • The Honorable Brad Hutto, S.C. Senate

  • The Honorable Vincent Sheheen, S.C. Senate

  • The Honorable Dwight Loftis, S.C. House of Representatives 

  • The Honorable Peter McCoy, S.C. House of Representatives 

4:30pm         Closing Comments

5:00pm         Clean Energy Marketplace Closes