North Carolina Smart Grid Forum

May 1, 2012


 Outdoor shot of U.S. Department of Energy

The second annual N.C. Smart Grid Forum will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1-2, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Designed to bring together electric delivery system leaders from utilities, academia, private sector and the government, the two-day forum will feature a number of sessions related to smart grid technologies. Duke Energy CEO James Rogers will give the keynote address at 8:45 a.m., May 1, and Johan Enslin, director of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, will lead the opening session focusing on the smart grid strategy in North Carolina and the surrounding region; national and international smart grid perspectives will be discussed, too.

Other featured speakers include U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Task Force director Eric Lightner and N.C. State Senator Josh Stein. 

Additional forum topics will include smart grid innovations, smart grid deployments, collaborations with the business community and sustaining the smart grid economy. Attendees will tour EPIC, UNC Charlotte’s state-of-the-art facility formed in response to the need from the private sector for highly trained engineers qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry. EPIC is a highly collaborative industry/education partnership that produces a technical workforce and supports applied research for the Carolina energy industry.

Learn more about the North Carolina Smart Grid Forum hosted by UNC Charlotte's College of Engineering.