Titanium Level
Duke Energy

is the largest electric power holding company in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.3 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. E4 Carolinas Board Member.

K&L Gates

comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in 47 offices located on five continents. K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

McKinsey & Company

is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. We help our clients make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. Over nearly a century, we’ve built a firm uniquely equipped to this task. The Charlotte office of McKinsey & Co. was instrumental to the strategic direction and start-up of the E4 Carolinas organization.

Nelson Mullins

offers the strength and resources of attorneys and professional staff experienced in a range of services.

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation

power and empower the people and communities they serve. Twenty-six local electric cooperatives, as well as a family of support organizations, make up the network of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives that collectively serve 1 million homes and businesses in 93 North Carolina counties. Each electric cooperative is not-for-profit, independent and owned by the local members it serves.

Platinum Level

is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Our solutions improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of our customers’ operations while minimizing environmental impact. Innovation is at the forefront of what we do and many of the technologies that drive modern society were pioneered by ABB.

Clemson University

Ranked as the 21st best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service.

Dixon Hughes Goodman

As the largest CPA firm based in the Southern U.S., DHG combines deep industry experience, comprehensive accounting and advisory services and a strong commitment to personal service. The firm has more than 1700 people located throughout the region— and local partners who direct these resources to your best advantage.

Eric Mower & Associates

Eric Mower + Associates is a digitally-integrated independent marketing and public relations agency. With 210 professionals in Charlotte; Cincinnati; Boston; Atlanta; Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, N.Y.; and New York City, EMA delivers strategic insights, digital solutions, smart creative, and award-winning results to clients.


For decades, Framatome has and will continue to be involved in the design and manufacturing of nuclear power plants and associated services, components, fuel, and instrumentation and control systems. With approximately 2,300 Framatome employees in the United States and Canada, the company has – over time – serviced every nuclear power plant in the United States and many in Canada. At Framatome, our people and their expertise drive the company. That expertise and operational excellence are at the heart of our strategy.

G&S Communications

G&S Communications is an independent business communications firm with headquarters in New York and offices in Raleigh, NC, Chicago, and Basel, Switzerland. The firm's global network extends across more than 50 countries through its PROI Worldwide Partnership. G&S integrates business and communications strategies, using a full range of communications services, to build sustainable relationships for clients along the entire value chain. Our teams focus on industries that include: energy and clean tech; advanced manufacturing; agriculture and food; home and building solutions; and financial and business services. We inspire action that means business.

Ingersoll Rand

(NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.

Northeastern University Charlotte

Educational attainment continues to be a top priority for Charlotte as the city extends its global economic reach and economic growth. Northeastern brings the full resources of a top-tier, globally focused private research university to the region—along with a network of corporate and research partners—expanding Carolinas’ opportunities for human capital development and advancing business recruitment and retention.


Our Energy Sector is one of the world’s leading suppliers of a wide range of products, solutions and services in the field of energy technology. E4 Carolinas Board Member.

Gold Level

is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.

Albemarle Corporation

Albemarle Corporation is the industry leader in lithium and lithium derivatives, one of the highest growth markets in the specialty chemicals industry. Its unique natural resource position, derivatization capabilities and technology leadership allows Albemarle a sustainable competitive advantage. The company maintains the strongest vertical position in the industry, from raw material extraction to specialty product manufacturing and is able to provide an unmatched security of supply to its customers. Albemarle’s Synthesis & Polymer Solutions (SPS) division combines a robust portfolio of polyolefin catalysts, catalyst components, and synthesis tools for the polymers, electronics, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other specialty markets.Through Albemarle’s Fine Chemistry Services business, Albemarle provides custom synthesis manufacturing of APIs, agricultural actives and advanced intermediates for customers in the API pharmaceutical, agrichemicals, base oil lubricants and specialty chemicals industries.

Charlotte Regional Partnership

A nonprofit, public/private economic development organization, the Charlotte Regional Partnership leverages regional resources to market the 16-county Charlotte region. The Partnership’s business development activities position Charlotte USA for sustained, long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities.

Chicago Bridge & Iron

is the most complete energy infrastructure focused company in the world and a major provider of government services. As one of the most complete providers of a wide range of services including design, engineering, construction, fabrication, maintenance and environmental services, CB&I provides reliable solutions while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and an uncompromising standard of quality. E4 Carolinas Board Member.


CORMETECH is a leader in providing environmental services solutions used to reduce emissions from coal and gas-fired power generation, chemical process industries, petroleum refineries, and diesel engines. It manufactures new SCR catalyst (e.g. COMET™, DUST BUSTER™), provides SCR catalyst regeneration and full life-cycle catalyst management services. Additional products and services include engineering, design and supply services for SCRs, SNCRs, and ammonia systems. CORMETECH has delivered environmental catalyst solutions to more than 1,600 SCR systems totaling over 156 GW of worldwide generating capacity. The company is co-owned by Energy Capital Partners and STEAG Energy Services GmbH.

Dominion Resources

Dominion Energy is one of the nation's largest producers & transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering & storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity & serves more than 5 million utility & retail energy customers in 14 states.

Fisher Phillips

Fisher Phillips LLP is a national law firm committed to providing practical business solutions for employers’ workplace legal problems. Labor and employment law is all the firm does, offering deep and broad knowledge and experience in the area of the law the attorneys know best. Fisher Phillips attorneys help clients avoid legal problems, are dedicated to providing exceptional client service, and are there when you need them. The firm has 350 attorneys in 33 offices. Learn more at www.fisherphillips.com.


designs, builds, and maintains power plants using a variety of fuel sources, including coal, gas, oil, nuclear, and wind. Fluor’s experts understand the complex compliance requirements for bringing new power plant construction on line and meeting clean-air mandates.

GMI Manufacturing

GMI has been providing simple solutions for circuit board manufacturing since 1980. We design new products and improve existing ones, supporting the entire process from concept through production, serving a wide range of markets, including industrial, commercial, telecommunications, medical, and defense. E4 Carolinas Board Member.

HDR Engineering

Engineering is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services through our various operating companies. Our more than 8,000 professionals are committed to helping clients manage complex projects and make sound decisions.


a leadership and team development company, focuses on mid – to senior level executives and high performing employees offering business-relevant, engaging and high-energy leadership processes, resulting in leaders who add value with their presence. Innovative training methods prepare individuals for the key roles they will play in supporting your organizations’ success. This process creates an environment where leaders are equipped to navigate successfully through business challenges to achieve your organization’s goals. LeadAdvantage combines experience gained from working with teams, managers and executives from around the world with a unique facilitation style unparalleled in the industry. Every staff member, without exception, has a corporate management background offering direct and relevant experience with leadership challenges faced by individuals and organizations. Fast-changing markets and fierce competition are among the numerous factors why the continuous growth and progression of your team’s leadership is vital in creating a collaborative workplace and sustained success. Empower your leaders today to foster a collaborative environment in which your business can excel. Contact us for additional details.


SCANA Corporation, headquartered in Cayce, SC is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related business.

Southeastern Wind Coalition

works to advance the land-based and offshore wind industry in the Southeast.

Tokai Carbon USA

Tokai Carbon manufactures graphite electrodes for the production of steel in electric arc furnaces. Through our global network of plants in the United States, Japan and Germany, we have become a global leader in producing high-performance graphite electrodes and carbon products.

We are honored to serve the US and worldwide EAF steel industry and we strive to be your supplier of choice, by offering not only superior quality electrodes and products, but also providing commercial and technical solutions with superior, local support.

Toshiba America Energy Systems

Toshiba America Energy Systems (TAES) provides energy industry solutions – new equipment, retrofits, maintenance, outage planning and more – for current and future power generation needs in the Americas, including thermal, hydro and nuclear power plants. Part of the Energy Systems & Solutions Company within Toshiba Corporation, TAES takes pride in being a technology leader, providing its customers with cost-effective, timely and sustainable solutions.


provides fuel, services, technology, plant design, and equipment for the commercial nuclear electric power industry. E4 Carolinas Board Member.


has more than 85 years of experience in delivering on the engineering, construction and maintenance needs of the world’s most sophisticated customers in the power, refining and process sectors.

Silver Level
Choice Translating

Founded in 1995, Choice Translating provides translation, software and website localization, desktop publishing, and interpreting services in 200 languages for numerous business sectors, including energy, science, manufacturing, legal, and marketing. Choice leverages experienced project managers, expert linguists, and the latest technology tools to deliver successful projects on-time and on-budget. Locally-owned in Charlotte, NC with linguistic teams in more than 80 countries.


is a leading independent power producer with a long track record of successfully acquiring, developing, constructing, operating, improving and divesting power generation assets.

Gilbert Browne & Associates

a Charlotte-based executive search firm, has recruited key professionals to clients in Europe and across North America since 1998.

Lime Energy

Lime is based in Huntersville, NC, provides utilities with the comprehensive customer engagement services that they need in order to satisfy their shareholders, regulators and customers. Working on behalf of utilities and their business customers, Lime delivers energy services which result in improved customer satisfaction, grid reliability and cost-effective environmental compliance.

Lockhart Power Company

Lockhart Power Company is one of three investor owned electric utilities in South Carolina. Founded in 1912, Lockhart Power Company has sustainable and reliably served its community for over 100 years. Our goal is to provide reasonable priced, dependable power service to our customers and partners in Union, Cherokee, Chester, Spartanburg and York Counties. We take pride in knowing our customers and giving each the personal attention they deserve, and we respond quickly to emergencies and power outages when they rarely occur. We further devote ourselves to providing dependable and cost-effective service to our industrial company customers. Lockhart Power Company strives to be an exceptional corporate citizen by supporting our neighbors as well as by protecting the environment. Nearly 100% of our energy is produced by renewable resources, including hydroelectric power and landfill gas.

Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems, Inc.

is a designer of America’s next generation of clean air nuclear energy generating stations and is an emerging leader in nuclear energy services.

Nuclear Energy Institute

Nuclear Energy Institute, with member participation, develops policy on key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry. NEI then serves as a unified industry voice before the U.S. Congress, executive branch agencies and federal regulators, as well as international organizations and venues. NEI also provides a forum to resolve technical and business issues for the industry. Finally, NEI provides accurate and timely information on the nuclear industry to members, policy makers, the news media, and the public.

Nuclear Matters

Nuclear Matters is a national coalition that works to inform the public and policy makers about the clear benefits of nuclear energy. The coalition supports solutions that properly value nuclear energy as a reliable, affordable, safe, and carbon-free electricity resource that is essential to America's Energy Future.


is a nuclear specialist, covering both civilian and defense sectors, across the complete lifecycle from new build, through operations and maintenance, to final decommissioning and waste management.


Founded in 1945, Pike is one of the largest full-service providers of energy solutions in the United States and abroad. We provide engineering, construction and maintenance for distribution and transmission power lines and substations, or design build services for turnkey and renewable energy projects. We serve investor owned utilities, independent power producers, electric cooperatives, publicly-owned electric utilities, international utilities and others.


Across our practice areas, which include Energy, Clean Tech & Sustainability, Corporate & Shared Services, and Grid Transformation, we deliver a broad array of consulting services ranging from strategic planning through implementation to improving operations, all led by the vision of our partners and the capabilities of our consultants.

SOS International

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., SOS Intl is a leading provider of training and consulting to the power industry. SOS rigorously tracks and interprets NERC Reliability Standards and expertly translates them into customized education and compliance consulting, helping to manage risk and ensure reliability for the North American power grid.

Strategic Power Systems

Strategic Power Systems’ philosophy is Data First. Data is what we do. We are experts in the field of data collection, validation, analysis, and benchmarking of power plant performance across the various technologies. We provide key performance metrics or (KPIs), following industry standards, to power plant owners, operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other industry stakeholders through the Operational Reliability Analysis Program (ORAP®). This information allows them to make informed business decisions relating to the performance and operational readiness of their equipment. There is no system in the world that collects power plant data in such a comprehensive way as ORAP.

The Babcock and Wilcox

Established in 1867, Babcock & Wilcox is a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets, with operations, subsidiaries and joint ventures worldwide. B&W integrates environmental technologies into new and existing operations to control and monitor a range of emissions including nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, fine particulate, mercury, acid gases and other hazardous air pollutants.


As a trusted leader for over 50 years, Tindall Corporation offers innovation, long-term performance, and financial viability in all aspects of design, manufacturing, and erection of precast and prestressed concrete systems.

Ward & Smith

Ward and Smith is committed to building and maintaining relationships with every client because we understand that every client has unique needs. We work to become fully acquainted with the management style and operations of our clients so we are able to provide timely, practical, and strategic legal services. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing frequent and full communications to our clients with respect to pending and anticipated legal issues that may affect them. We advocate a proactive and preventative approach to our clients' legal issues so that through proper planning and maintenance our clients can avoid legal difficulties and costs. We believe that this approach provides our clients with responsive, high-quality, and cost effective legal services.

Bronze Level
8-Rivers Capital

is a technology commercialization firm, based in Durham, NC, that assists Palmer Labs and other entrepreneurs with introducing revolutionary innovation to market. By separating the functions of innovation and commercialization, 8 Rivers Capital avoids some of the pitfalls that have plagued other inventor-focused firms.


ACES (Alliance for Cooperative Energy Services Power Marketing LLC ) is a nationwide energy risk management company. We help our Members and Customers manage Energy more efficiently, with less risk. ACES' Members and Customers operate in all of the major electricity markets in the U.S. and have a collective portfolio of over 50,000 MW of both load and resources. Our members and Customers include cooperative utilities, investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, public power agencies, independent power producers, renewable energy providers, industrial companies, banks, and hedge funds. ACES provides services as agent, representing its Members and Customers in the marketplace to help manage their energy risk. Because ACES does not buy or sell energy on its own behalf, it avoids conflicts of interest and ensures consistent and complete alignment with the best interests of the organizations it serves.

Advanced Energy

has devoted more than three decades to perfecting power—enabling design breakthroughs and driving growth for leading semiconductor and industrial customers.

Alliance of Professionals and Consultants

(APC) was founded in 1993, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC and is a core supplier to national and international Fortune 500 clients. It is an award-winning, ISO 9001:2008 certified business. Its focus is finding & placing top IT, engineering, energy, and other highly skilled talent. Additionally, APC offers a full suite of contract labor-related business solutions for mid- to large-sized companies. APC is a Native American-owned company with satellite offices throughout the US and professionals currently engaged on assignments in 38 US states and six countries abroad. APC brings significant value to its clients by augmenting their professional skills and experience to improve business operations, market penetration, and profitability.

American Petroleum Institute

is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.


is one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies with the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

Atom Power

is focused on bringing solid-state technology and intelligence into electrical power distribution with the goal of making power safer, controllable, visible and simple. Atom Power is a hardware and software company, integrating both into a seamless, end-to-end power distribution eco-system.

Baldwin Consulting Group
Birdseye Renewable Energy

was founded in 2009 by Brian C. Bednar, CPM®, LEED AP after more than 12 years in the property management, brokerage and development business. Birdseye leverages its real estate and building experience to provide hands-on local knowledge and project management to its team’s projects.

Blue Sphere Corp.

is an international developer of waste-to-energy projects. The Company seeks to own long-term cash generating assets in the waste-to-energy space through acquisitions as well as through its proven Build-Own-Operate model.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

The Bradley Energy Practice Group is a full-service, multidisciplinary legal team that helps clients negotiate and develop successful projects across the world in the dynamic energy industry. Bradley offers a holistic approach to energy projects, from project finance through development and construction, as well as compliance and regulatory counsel. Bradley's attorneys also possess deep knowledge in the areas of traditional fuel sectors and renewable energy sources. Bradley's client base is far ranging and includes developers, producers, financiers and investors, insurers, and transporters.

Burns and McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell today is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. Its multi-disciplined staff of 5,500 includes engineers, architects, construction professionals, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and scientists, representing virtually all design disciplines. “Burns & Mc” plans, designs, permits, constructs and manages facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: Make its clients successful.

Business France

C4CS specializes in strategic communication and crisis management precisely tuned to protect and enhance brand equity, reputation and the bottom line. Our team has successfully worked with corporate, nonprofit, and government client partners around the world. Through strategic counsulting, skills building workshops and executive coaching, we provide solutions that make our client partners smarter and more competitive.

Calor Energy

is a clean energy and alternative fuels development firm, specializing in grants, eco-industry, and stakeholder relations. E4 Carolinas Board Member.

Carolina Solar Energy

Carolina Solar Energy II, LLC (CSE) develops utility scale photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects in North Carolina. Since 2004 CSE has provided design, financing, construction and operation management to a diverse customer base of commercial, nonprofit, utility and government clients. CSE has developed over 110MW of solar projects that are currently under construction or already operating in North Carolina. CSE is dedicated to reducing the cost of solar energy to a level where solar can compete financially with other generation technologies in North Carolina, to bringing economic development to underserved areas of North Carolina, and to increasing North Carolina’s use of green energy. We believe solar will be an important part of the effort to build an affordable and sustainable energy future.

Carolina Solar Services

Since 2014 Carolina Solar Services (CSS) has delivered premium client service, maximum up-time and reliability to each solar generator it maintains. With over 13 years combined Operation and Maintenance experience in the utility-scale solar industry CSS has the experience and tools to provide a broad range of boots-on-the-ground services including commissioning, preventative maintenance, corrective maintenance, 24/7 monitoring, regulatory compliance, and data analytics. CSS currently provides ongoing electrical inspection and maintenance services for 147.6 MWdc of solar assets in North Carolina.


is dedicated to helping this region find innovative solutions to both existing and future challenges facing Greater Charlotte and to unifying the region’s collective resources to help grow the economy and jobs, improve the quality of life and control the cost of government.

Charlotte Chamber

is a membership, volunteer-led organization. Our vision is to make Charlotte the best place to run a business and to live.

Charlotte Destination Group

is a full-service destination management company that provides a strategic, client-driven approach to corporate meetings and events.


we believe in America’s entrepreneurial spirit. One that builds new technologies, not just for America, but for the whole world. We need a real debate that leads to real solutions. We need fewer top down government policies and more focus on working with free markets rather than against them.

CLT Joules

CLT Joules is an initiative to promote energy innovation and startups among the entrepreneurial community in Charlotte. CLT Joules offers early stage energy companies a community where they can learn, accelerate growth, and connect to the big players in the energy ecosystem of Charlotte.

Direct Energy

Direct Energy Business is part of a leading energy and energy-related services provider that is focused on helping customers make their businesses better. Through energy choice and a suite of innovative products and services, customers can buy less electricity and natural gas and better manage the impact of energy on their budget and operations. We serve approximately 240,000 businesses of all sizes and from all industries across North America.

Duke – The Fuqua School of Business

We educate leaders of consequence—people with competence, character, and purpose—who choose to create, rather than extract, value.

ECM Solutions

ECM Solutions manages organization risk through the application of various forms of commercial and personal insurance products. Based in Charlotte, ECM was founded in 1987 and has more than 6,000 clients. ECM offers solutions for all sectors of the energy industry.

Electric Power Research Institute

conducts research, development and demonstration (RD&D) relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

Energy Intelligence Partners

in Chapel Hill, NC is an advisory and consulting firm focused on the energy and resource sectors run by industry veterans Dr. Ron DiFelice and Edward May. EIP has two practice areas: Its corporate practice provides expertise and execution for special projects focused on strategy, go-to-market activities, and seizing new opportunities. EIP’s start-up practice provides c-level experience and operational assistance for launching, scaling, and exiting new ventures. With valuable insight and access to industry leaders and innovators, EIP provides a unique perspective for all clients. Specific areas of expertise include energy storage, distributed energy resources, smart grid, EE, biomass, and water, among others.

Energy United

is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina and one of the largest in the United States. Headquartered in Statesville, EnergyUnited provides electric service in portions of nineteen counties in west central North Carolina. Counties in the service area include Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin. EnergyUnited serves electric power over approximately 195 miles of transmission, 8,100 miles of overhead distribution and 4,300 miles of underground distribution lines. Today, the cooperative serves more than a quarter million people through 124,000 customer metering points and provides for a peak electric demand of more than 735,000 KW.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund – is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of 675 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world.

EDF believes prosperity and environmental stewardship must go hand in hand. They are optimists and have seen their ideas make a huge difference. And, they build strong partnerships across interests to ensure lasting success. EDF achieves results by finding solutions that benefit people while protecting natural systems.

For decades, EDF has been committed to bipartisan environmentalism. The results are incontestable: Every major environmental law from the early 1970s to 2016 has passed with support of both Democrats and Republican

EverBlue Institute

Everblue is dedicated to providing the highest-quality continuing education to prepare and spark the imaginations of professionals and corporations to embrace and apply cutting-edge technologies to enhance resumes, start companies, and ensure sustainable competitive advantages in the future.

Since our origins, Everblue has been at the forefront of translating confusing technical jargon so that it's learn-able by everyday people without any special technical skills. As one of the leading professional training companies in the United States, Everblue is constantly looking to prepare today's workforce for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges.


(formerly Ernst & Young) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. EY is one of the largest professional services firm in the world and is one of the "Big Four” accounting firms. EY operates as a network of member firms which are separate legal entities in individual countries. It has 231,000 employees in over 700 offices around 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies. The energy industry is one of its focus areas.

The firm dates back to 1849 with the founding of Harding & Pullein in England. The current firm was formed by a merger of Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young & Co. in 1989. It was known as Ernst & Young until 2013, when it underwent a rebranding to EY. The acronym "EY" was already an informal name for the firm prior to its official adoption.


FCET, Inc. is a startup company that has invented and is developing a new type of hydrogen fuel cell (the POZ Celltm) to generate electricity. The company is now headquartered and does its R&D in Alpharetta, GA but intends to open its prototype manufacturing plant in either NC or SC before 2018. In March, 2017, the company conducted the first public demonstration of its POZ Celltm running on hydrogen gas and producing electricity at a very low temperature of 57 degrees F. The commercial types now on the market run much hotter: at over 1,650 degree F. The demo was conducted at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

First Solar

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com

Forsite Development

is a Charlotte, NC based real estate development firm focused exclusively on acquiring corporate surplus industrial real estate.

Genesys Global

Genesys is a hard working, passionate team who believes that gHID is - without question - the best, most energy efficient, and cost effective lighting product on the market for commercial and industrial customers. We do more than just sell lighting products - we provide lighting solutions and world class service to every customer. The core product of Genesys is gHID, the technology behind the gHID ballast. Developed in 2009 at the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory, gHID was tested and refined with the input of customers and has been installed around the world. gHID revitalizes standard high intensity discharge (HID) light fixtures into energy efficient, long lasting lighting solutions

Greer Walker

focuses primarily on the needs of privately held middle-market companies, their owners, and their executive management teams. It also offers a range of consulting services that are directed to publicly traded companies as well. In addition to assurance, accounting, tax, and consulting services, it offers exit planning and merger and acquisition services to our clients through an investment banking affiliate.. The firm also provides wealth management service.

GSE Systems

is evolving from a world leader in real-time, high-fidelity simulation, training and engineering solutions into a premier performance improvement company. Your operational success depends on your plant and your people. Our combined expertise in engineering, operations, visualization, training and simulation improve both human and plant performance. GSE System’s Entry2Expert® program is a set of integrated products and services that provides a structured, integrated approach from employee selection through continuous skills improvement. It delivers the right training solution for the right step in each employee’s career – from entry to expert. GSE Systems improves the performance of power plants plant with its Design2Decom (D2D) Plant Performance Improvement Solutions. D2D is a range of services and technologies designed to help run plants at top efficiency, providing ongoing support from experienced staff throughout the entire life cycle of a facility.


The Henkels & McCoy Group Companies design, build, and maintain infrastructure for the utility and communications markets. Our nationwide teams provide construction and installation, design and engineering, project management, and maintenance services to utility, commercial, industrial, and government customers. uol


IdeemaTec Tracking & Mounting Systems the name in the solar power industry for mature, end-to-end solutions in mounting system technology. Whichever system needed, fixed ground-mounted systems or trackers: A solar power plant incorporating IdeemaTec mounting systems can be set up quickly and easily anywhere in the world, thanks to high-quality materials, exceptional workmanship, and clever technical innovations. These installations remain reliable over their entire service life and generate a sustainable supply of clean energy. IdeemaTec strives in its day-to-day work to continue to develop its product and service portfolio, providing an ideal foundation for investment in renewable energy sources.

Intelligent Buildings, LLC

provides smart building consulting for multiple real estate use-types, utilities and government that leverages technology and change management to lower costs, reduce risks and enhance experience. We work with clients in the three key areas of strategy development, solution architecture and program management.

International ThermoDyne, Inc.

ITD has been developing, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (a U.S. Department of Energy national
laboratory), a lightweight, flexible material that can convert heat and motion into electricity through their thermoelectric and
piezoelectric effects. This material can provide portable, renewable electricity, revolutionizing the way we create, distribute, and
use power.
The Opal System, ITD’s first go-to-market product, begins with a patent-pending, thin, flexible, washable, energy harvesting
sensor that is attached to new apparel thereby connecting it to the cloud. This connection allows the brand to reward its
customers for wearing their products—creating a unique loyalty platform. In addition to developing apparel loyalty programs,
the Opal System can be used to ensure, record, and measure an individuals adhearence to wearing appropriate personal
protective equipment when required whether in the construction, manufacturing, industrial, or distribution industries.

Kinney Public Strategies

Kinney Public Strategies helps solve problems for today's dynamic business climate leveraging more than 30 years of senior level experience in strategic communications, community affairs, crisis management and public policy. Having managed issues across the country, Kinney Public Strategies brings a unique perspective and a network of support to the strategic needs of companies throughout the energy spectrum. Whether assisting a company deliver on a key business initiative or providing coaching for the development of senior staff, we help drive business success.


Kleinfelder is a global provider of multi-disciplined engineering and science services that brings innovative solutions to our clients and projects. We deliver these services to the power, oil & gas, and renewable energy markets.


LaBella Associates offers full-services architecture, engineering, environmental consulting, and planning services. With a staff of over 530 members, and 16 office locations - including 3 in North Carolina, we have the depth of resources to implement successful projects on time and within budget. In recent years, LaBella Associates has been included in the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500, as well as winning project awards at the local, regional, and national levels.


Laserpas is a European technology company employing helicopters and drones to collect a variety of field information on electric power transmission lines which when integrated provides more and superior line quality information at a fraction of the cost of conventional proceses. Laserpas technology is employed by various European utilties and Lasperpas is now offering its technology in the United States.
Compared with typical on-ground transmisison line inspection, Laserpas‘s technology allows acquisition of larger amounts of data and at unprecedented frequencies. Its solutions allows utilties to change from their existing time-based maintenance approach, where investments and line replacements are based on a presumption that the oldest lines are most in need. Instead, Laserpas uses a custom designed sensor array of Ultra Violet, Infra Red, Visual 100 megapixel and Lidar sensors, all working at once, in a single flight line to assess line quality.

Livingston and Haven, AEG International

is the leading industrial technology provider in the southeast, specializing in providing solutions in the automation, hydraulic, pneumatic, lubrication and connector industries.

Mabon Energy

Mabon Energy - is a Veteran owned renewable energy services company, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Mabon provides construction management, warranty, and independent commissioning services for utility-scale and commercial and industrial renewable energy installations. The Mabon Energy team works hard, plays hard, stays true to the concept of “we reap what we sow”, expresses gratitude for all that participate, finishes projects in a manner that makes them proud, and honors the balance of life, work, and happiness. They are passionate champions of energy independence and believe the success of the United States requires the integration of renewable energy into a resilient futuristic energy system. Mabon Energy’s Executive Team has executed over $2 Billion in projects across multiple business sectors including renewable and commercial construction, financial services, vendor management, and IT.

Mt Pleasant High School Academy of Energy

The Mt. Pleasant Academy of Energy & Sustainability (AOES) is a cutting-edge, innovative 4-year program designed to prepare students who are interested in engineering, energy systems, and sustainable solutions. The AOES utilizes business and industry professionals, along with a variety of STEM 101 curricula to provide our students with hands on educational experiences, relevant information, current technologies, and internships. This collaboration between education and industry is the driving force that ensures our AOES students experience work-based learning opportunities that are unmatched by today's educational standards.

NC State University

With more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership.

NC Sustainable Energy Association

is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to driving public policy and market development that creates clean energy jobs, economic opportunities and affordable energy to benefit all of North Carolina.

New River Light and Power/ App State
North Carolina Building Performance Association

North Carolina Building Performance Associates is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving North Carolina's Building performance contractors and the general public with education, member services, and industry advocacy.

NTE Energy

Our project teams are structured to work collaboratively across disciplines to provide high-value solutions for our clients. NTE Solutions’ experienced team provides the following services to the power, water and oil & gas industries: Project Development, Commercial Services, Engineering and Construction, Asset Management, Environmental & Compliance and Strategic Solutions.


NuScale’s innovative thinking led the development of an Integral Pressurized Water Reactor (IPWR). The reactor, steam generator, pressurizer, and containment are integrated into a single module. The NuScale Power ModuleTM is only 50MWe (gross), and a plant can be designed to accommodate growing electrical demand by simply adding additional modules as the need arises.


is focused on developing and owning large scale ground-mounted solar power plants in the Southeast United States.

Optima Engineering

Optima Engineeering an experienced, M/E/P and sustainable engineering design consulting firm with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. Optima’s industry-leading expertise includes BIM IPD (with Revit and Navisworks), lighting systems technology design, mission critical CFD analysis, building commissioning, code understanding and compliance, energy modeling and energy management. Optima has extensive project experience in a number of sectors, including energy, healthcare, government, mission critical, higher education, K-12 education and commercial properties around the United States.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein

Parker Poe lawyers combine their energy industry experience and focused skills to guide clients through regulatory proceedings and investigations, project development, and joint ventures, acquisitions and other transactions. Our experience before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state utility commissions combined with our commercial, finance, tax, land use, and environmental work for clients on energy projects and transactions allow us to help clients achieve their business goals effectively and efficiently. We work regularly in the increasingly complex energy industry on behalf of electric and gas public utilities, electric cooperatives, independent power producers, renewable energy developers (solar PV, solar thermal, wind, fuel cell, biomass, biogas, and geothermal), financial institutions and other tax equity investors, energy services companies, and engineering, procurement and construction companies.

Patterson Equipment Company LLC

Patterson Equipment is a full service provider of utility, road and sewer maintenance equipment. Patterson provides the highest quality sales, service, training and support to municipalities, governmental agencies and contractors in the United States and internationally. Patterson is headquartered in The Woodlands, TX with its southeast U.S. sales office in Charlotte.


is a leading provider of quality CPE approved seminars for the electric power and energy industries.


is a full-service law firm with an industry focus on energy & natural resources, financial services including financial institutions, real estate & construction, and technology.

Power America
PReP Intl.

Since 2009, PReP Intl has helped utilities and engineering consulting firms staff mission critical and real time roles with talented Vets, Grads and Pros. As co-founder of SOS Intl in 2002, PReP Intl has nationwide contacts and capabilities and has trained over 11,000 Operators, Engineers and Managers in over 1000 utilities across NA. We understand the importance of sourcing and presenting talent with the right stuff for real-time hiring and onboarding. Direct Hire, Temp > Regular and Interim engagements.

Pro Global Partners

uses a constantly growing global network of energy developers and technical partners to ensure the efficient delivery of products and services required for its clients’ diverse power generation needs.

RCS Corporation

is a premier provider of workforce solutions for the energy industry with an emphasis in the nuclear sector. RCS specializes in Direct Hire, Contract Staffing, and Payroll Services.

Regions Bank
Research Triangle Institute

RTI, headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

RIN Advisors

is a management consulting firm that provides strategy and operations improvement services to help organizations create more value for their owners and stakeholders through profitable growth, adaptation to changing market conditions, and capture of new opportunities. E4 Carolinas Board Member.

Santee Cooper

was first to produce renewable Green Power in the state. Also known officially as the South Carolina Public Service Authority, Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility.

Savannah River National Laboratory

is the applied research and development laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS).


”Brands Best Friend®”provides business-to-business marketing services on an “as needed” basis to marketing and sales professionals—from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. Established in 1983, SELMARQ maintains a core staff of designers and brand stewards with access to a broad spectrum of media and a comprehensive network of researchers, consultants and specialized talents. Without requiring retainers or contracts, their business development professionals deliver greater marketing value through increased sales effectiveness and enhanced brand recognition. The MarCom Resource for Corporate Marketers.

SIA Partners

deep expertise in the power, oil, gas, water and waste management sectors, allows SIA Partners help clients address their challenges. SIA Partners assist energy and utilities sector participants with a range of specific operational and advisory services including:
• Operational change and performance improvement
• Business transformation
• Regulatory guidance, in particular the impact of regulatory change
• Strategy and market analysis, in particular for investment opportunities and for the development of new growth strategies
• Technological innovation
• With over 15 years of experience and offices worldwide, Sia Partners has positioned itself among the key independent consulting firms in the energy and environment sector.

To share its passion, and help others better understand and analyze the Energy sector, Sia Partners has created a dedicated blog: http://energy.sia-partners.com which is managed and updated on a regular basis by its team of consultants.

South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance

is a private, non-profit organization of individuals and clean energy business and industry leaders dedicated to growing a clean energy economy in South Carolina.


SPATCO Energy Solutions is a single source supplier of innovative handling equipment and service for petroleum, industrial, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and natural gas systems. SPATCO's quality products and continuous customer support have helped it remain a leader in the petroleum industry since the 1930s.

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.

marks its 33rd anniversary. Powered by talent and technology, Structural Integrity has become a global leader in providing innovative engineering solutions. Using a multidisciplinary approach, its experts bring a fresh perspective and proven solutions for structural evaluation and repair. Its signature services offer a unique blend of state-of-the-art science and old-fashioned customer service. Its engineering and project management staff each have an average of over 15 years of experience in their field, ensuring the high levels of expertise and experience that clients have come to expect. Structural Integrity develops innovative solutions to meet client needs, including creative approaches to structural evaluation and repair, sophisticated analytical codes and software, and state-of-the-art expert systems. Clients are served efficiently, effectively, and individually, providing whatever the situation calls for, be it research and development, consulting and engineering, monitoring and preventive maintenance, or specialized software.

Sunbelt Rentals

Sunbelt Rentals is one of the largest equipment rental companies in North America and backed by a network of more than 550 locations, Sunbelt Rentals successfully services a variety of customers - from those in the commercial, residential, industrial, municipal, and specialized service industries, to weekend do-it-yourselfers. Sunbelt’s extensive fleet exceeds $5.0 billion and includes general construction equipment, industrial tools, pumps and power generation equipment, trench shoring, scaffolding, remediation & restoration equipment, and more. Sunbelt is designed to serve distinct customer segments requiring a high level of technical expertise, offers a highly diversified product mix and trained experts.


Tantalus provides TUNet® – the Tantalus Utility Network – which is an award winning end-to-end communications platform utilizing IP-based networks including Fiber, WiMAX and cellular as well as 220 & 900 MHz wireless RF. TUNet is purpose built for the Smart Grid and unites utility applications through distributed, Linux-based edge computing capability at every endpoint. The result is enhanced value across all utility departments through integrated solutions such as AMI, outage management, power quality monitoring, load management, distribution automation and grid optimization that are both cost-effective and practical to deploy throughout urban and rural service areas.

The African Investment Corporation

is a global business consulting and investment firm that is deeply committed to uncovering and promoting Africa’s business potential. AIC’s mission is to enable entrepreneurs in Africa and other emerging markets to succeed at all stages of business growth, from conception to exit. The corporation specializes in strategic management consulting, investment, and project development. U.S. companies are finding substantial trade and business opportunities in Africa. U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa top $21 billion per year, and the region is growing at 5-6% annually. AIC can assist firms to better understand these markets, find opportunities, and manage the challenges of doing business there.

Tipping Point

Tipping Point Renewable Strategies helps clean energy companies grow.

UNC Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School
UNC Charlotte

is North Carolina’s urban research university. Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System. E4 Carolinas Board Member.

United Community Bank

Since 1950, United Community Bank has been dedicated to providing best in class service to our customers as the foundation of every relationship. We are “The Bank That SERVICE Built®” and we are committed to improving the lives of residents in the communities we serve through the philosophy of delivering exceptional banking service. We deliver our services through our offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are able to provide a full range of consumer and commercial banking products. Our Renewable Energy Finance group is focused on providing a range of financing solutions for the renewable energy industry.

US Commercial Services

The US Commercial Service supports American businesses with inherently governmental and trade promotion activities. The CS helps U.S. companies increase their international market share and sales. We assist U.S. companies in leveraging world-class market research, promoting their products and services in target markets, meeting qualified international buyers and distributors, and overcome challenges and barriers that they may encounter while doing business in international markets.


is the state’s flagship university with more than 45,000 students at the system’s eight campuses.

Weirich Consulting Services, Inc

is a Service Disabled, Veteran Owned, Small Business specializing in providing architectural, engineering and technical / professional services and staff augmentation services to government prime contractors, nuclear utilities and general industry.

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

was founded in 1983 as an outreach program of UNC Charlotte and its Office of International Programs. As a regional center for education and discussion of world affairs, the Council seeks to provide leadership for global thinking, believing that a broad perspective is necessary for effective competition in the global economy and for responsible citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.