Smart Energy, Smart Regions Examined at 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region

RESEARCH TRIANGLE REGION, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will connect the region’s natural gas assets to consumers and also add a link to the region’s smart energy value chain. Smart energy is a key component of “smart regions.” Regional business leaders will examine the qualities that define a smart region, how the Research Triangle Region stacks up and what it can mean for the region’s economic future and quality of life at the 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region event scheduled for May 21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.

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“Modernizing our state’s energy infrastructure through projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will foster the use of intelligent technologies, provide access to new and abundant sources of natural gas, and further enhance energy efficiencies, cost savings and environmental protections that are critical for building a sustainable future,” said David Trusty for Piedmont Natural Gas, a partner in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. “We see the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as one more piece of a smarter regional energy strategy.”

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a 550-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline that will run from West Virginia through Virginia and into eastern North Carolina to provide new and lower-cost supplies of natural gas to customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Partners in the project are Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources.

2015 State of the Research Triangle RegionThe Atlantic Coast Pipeline joins Chatham Park and PSNC Energy as presenting sponsors for the State of the Research Triangle Event, hosted by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. Nearly 1,000 business and community leaders are expected to attend the annual economic development forum. The event will also celebrate and reflect on 25 years since the Research Triangle Regional Partnership formed to lead regional economic development.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $100 for individuals and $1,000 for a corporate table of 10. Registration is available online at

Sponsors for the 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region also include Platinum Sponsors Biogen and Wells Fargo.

Visit to register or learn about sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, (919) 840-7372 or

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) leads economic development for the 15-county region that surrounds the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. For more information, visit