September 27, 2011

Speakers Announced for November Energy Symposium

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2011
CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
(919) 613-3652

DURHAM N.C. — Cathie France, deputy director of energy policy at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is among the lineup of speakers slated for the forthcoming southeastern symposium, Tackling Tomorrow’s Energy Challenges Today.

The November 16 event, sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will convene stakeholders and thought leaders on the Duke University campus to discuss the Southeast’s current and future energy challenges, offer up examples of success and plot future directions for research and outreach.

Other speakers identified so far include:

  • Michael Couick, president and chief executive officer of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
  • Rob Jackson, Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change and Professor in the Biology Department and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke
  • Dave Wear, project leader for Forest Economics and Policy Research with the U.S. Forest Service, South Research Station in North Carolina
  • Mandy Mahoney, vice president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Ken Smith, policy director at the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and a consultant to the Energy Foundation
  • James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center 

Symposium attendees will have multiple opportunities to network with other decision makers and learn about the depth and breadth of resources available from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and others working in the region.

Visit for more information, or to register to attend the symposium.