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By Wes Hickman, whickman@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-5400

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Business leaders and policy experts are gathered at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this afternoon to explore the inherent connection between clean energy and jobs at the South Carolina Clean Energy & Jobs Forum 2012.

The forum is co-hosted by the University of South Carolina, Duke Energy, The Nature Conservancy and the South Carolina Energy Office. Attendees will be able to network with one another and forum speakers during forum breaks, made possible by the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, and a post-forum reception, made possible by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. Other event support is being provided by the South Carolina Farm Bureau.

The forum’s keynote panel features James E. Rogers, chairman, CEO and president of Duke Energy; David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor; and Glenn Prickett, chief external affairs officer of The Nature Conservancy. Charles Bierbauer, dean of USC’s College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, will moderate the panel.

USC President Harris Pastides and USC professor John Regalbuto, chair of the SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Renewable Fuels, will participate in a panel on energy research and economic development. Other panels will include experts in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy policy.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston) and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin also will address the forum.

An array of alternative fuel, hybrid and electric vehicles, including BMW’s not-yet-on the-market ActiveE, will be on display inside and outside the Convention Center. Duke Energy will display their pilot Dodge Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid-Electric along with the company’s all-electric Nissan LEAF and Tesla Roadster Sport.

Schedule:

1 p.m. Welcome and Opening Comments
Mark Robertson, executive director, The Nature Conservancy - SC
The Honorable Steve Benjamin, mayor, City of Columbia

1:15 p.m. Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Panel
Ivan Urlaub, executive director, N.C. Sustainable Energy Association
Suzanne Watson, director of policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Ricardo Hamdan, manager, International Marketing & Business Development, Environmental Fabrics
Chip Wright, former commissioner, N.C. Utilities Commission
Moderator: Ashlie Lancaster – director, South Carolina Energy Office

2 p.m. Energy Policy Panel
Hamilton Davis, energy & climate director, Coastal Conservation League
The Honorable Paul Campbell, S.C. State Senate
Chip Wright, former commissioner, N.C. Utilities Commission
Dukes Scott, executive director, S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff
Bob Long, general manager, Corporate Planning, SCANA
Moderator: Mark Quinn – director, Public and Member Relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

3:15 p.m. Energy Research & Economic Development Panel

Introductory Comments – S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston)
Dr. Harris Pastides, president, University of South Carolina
Dr. John R. Regalbuto, chair, SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Renewable Fuels at the University of South Carolina
Grant Reeves, president, PBI Performance Products Inc.
Moderator: Catherine Heigel, president, Duke Energy - SC

4 p.m. Special Remarks

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn

4:15 p.m. Keynote Panel
Glenn Prickett, chief external affairs officer, The Nature Conservancy
David Seaton, chairman and CEO, Fluor
Jim Rogers, chairman, president & CEO, Duke Energy
Moderator: Charles Bierbauer, dean, USC College of Mass Communications & Information Studies

5:30 p.m. Closing Comments and Reception
Lewis Gossett, president & CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

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Posted: 02/23/12 @ 2:20 PM | Updated: 02/23/12 @ 2:17 PM | Permalink

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