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Duke Energy Club Weekly Update


Below is a list of this week’s upcoming events from the Energy Initiative. More information can be found at our organization website ( or the Energy Initiative homepage (


1. Monday, Sept. 30: Tennessee Valley Authority and Northwest Power & Conservation Council: Evaluating Risk and Uncertainty in Electricity Planning
: Long-term resource planning in the electricity sector is complicated by unprecedented uncertainty regarding future electricity demand, new generation resources, fuel prices, and future environmental regulations, challenging traditional approaches to resource planning. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) are leading entities tackling risk and uncertainty in electricity resource planning. Gary Brinkworth, IRP Manager at TVA, and Michael Schilmoeller, Senior Power Systems Analyst at NWPCC, will discuss their approaches to analyzing risk and developing robust long-term plans.
 3-4:30 p.m.
 LSRC A158


2. Tuesday, Oct. 1: Energy Speaker Series with Daniel Poneman: Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change (
Co-sponsored by the Energy Initiative, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies): 
Climate change poses a growing threat to American energy security, adding an increasingly urgent layer to an already complex geopolitical issue. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman will outline the challenges and set out the vision -– and necessary actions -– for a future where Americans will drive the innovations and investments that will promote jobs and prosperity while addressing our technological, environmental and security needs.
 5-6:30 p.m., with reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. 
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy


3. Thursday, Oct. 3: Drilling, Environment and Economics Network (DEEN) Lunch Seminar Series: 
Join us for a discussion about North Carolina shale gas politics, processes, and likely outcomes with Amy Pickle, a member of the North Carolina Mining Commission and Director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions. We will explore why a state with extremely small shale play has launched an intensive effort to write “gold-standard” shale regulations. Lunch is provided; registration is limited to 25 guests.
 Noon-1 p.m. 
. Registration is required. E-mail Mike Grubert to reserve a seat.


Also, the Duke University Energy Conference will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Duke University Energy Conference is an annual student-led event aimed at bringing together thought leaders in industry, government and academia to fuel independent analysis on energy markets, trends, policies and technologies. Visit the conference website for details on speakers and agenda. 
Registration is required; click here to sign up.
 We will be speaking more about this event at our next meeting, which will be the week of October 7.

Duke Energy Club Interest Meeting


We will be holding our first meeting for the Duke Energy Club on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 PM in Old Chem 116. We will be discussing goals for our organization, upcoming events, and ways to get involved with energy at Duke.

For more information about the club, visit us at

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Welcome to the Duke Energy Club!


The Duke Energy Club provides an immersive, cross-disciplinary experience for undergraduates interested in the energy industry. Our organization has 3 primary objectives:


1.)  It will provide networking events for students interested in the industry including:

     a. Events with energy-related graduate organizations at Duke (MBA Energy Club, Nicholas School Energy Club, Sanford Energy and Environment Club, etc)

     b. Events with industry speakers and Duke alums (which are often hosted by the graduate organizations)

2.)  It will provide an exciting environment for energy entrepreneurship

     a. Bring together students from diverse disciplines to identify and solve energy-related problems

     b. Visit energy startups in Durham to learn from entrepreneurs actively involved in the industry

     c.  Form teams to compete in the Clean Energy Track of the Duke Startup Challenge

3.)  It will provide a space for students to converse about modern energy issues

     a. Publish a journal, website, or blog in which members add interesting insights about the past, present, and future state of energy

     b. Provide a common organization for undergraduates working on Bass Connections projects

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