Cleantech Competitors Collaborate to Market NC at Country’s Largest Utility Conference

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is leading a delegation of 16 North Carolina energy-focused organizations to attend DistribuTECH, the nation’s leading energy transmission and distribution conference. This delegation is an opportunity to promote the strength and diversity of the Research Triangle’s energy economy to an international audience of more than 11,000 professionals, with nearly 500 in attendance from North Carolina. Members of the delegation focus on a wide range of issues from wind to analytics to smart grids.

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The delegation representing North Carolina at DistribuTECH 2017 includes E4 Carolinas, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC-Charlotte, Etteplan, FieldVets, FREEDM Systems Center, G. Browne & Associates, General Microcircuits, ioTive, NC Electric Cooperatives, PlotWatt, ScottMadden, Sinewatts, Triangle MicroWorks, Vega Energy, and Windlift. This year’s delegation represents just a few of the more than 350 cleantech companies and research institutions creating nearly 11,000 recurring jobs and $1.3 billion in recurring investments across the Research Triangle region.

Along with hosting the delegation, RTCC is organizing a panel conversation on Wednesday, February 1 at 12pm featuring energy executives discussing the importance of collaboration in shaping the grid of the future. Speakers include Greg Scheu, President of the Americas Region for ABB; Lee Mazzocchi, Senior Vice President for Grid Modernization for Duke Energy; Kevin Yates, President of the Energy Management Division for Siemens; Victoria Gundersen, an International Trade Specialist and smart grid expert with the US Department of Commerce; and Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

The goals of both the North Carolina delegation and the energy panel event are to market North Carolina’s energy economy to attract investment and business development to the state. This delegation is part of RTCC’s new initiative for 2017, in partnership with E4 Carolinas and EDPNC, to tell a broader story about North Carolina’s energy economy and the full supply chain of energy generation, transmission, distribution and management that exist in the state.

About the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) was established in 2012 as a public-private partnership to accelerate the growth of the Research Triangle’s cleantech economy by bringing together government, academia, and industry leaders. RTCC focuses its work in four strategic areas: talent attraction and development, business growth and marketing, community and industry engagement, and membership development. The Research Triangle region is home to more than 350 cleantech companies developing solutions in smart cities, the Internet of Things, smart grid, transportation, and water, advanced manufacturing, renewables, and energy efficiency.

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