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Timely Topics Lunch - NC's Energy Future

  • Ridge Road Baptist Church 2011 Ridge Road Raleigh, NC, 27607 United States (map)
  • When: Friday, February 22nd at noon

  • Where: Ridge Road Baptist Church

  • Cost: FREE (Attendees bring their own lunch. Drinks and snacks provided.)

The Environment Committee of LWV-Wake presents this Timely Topics Lunch event featuring a panel of speakers discussing North Carolina's current and projected energy needs, the challenge of meeting those needs, and the strategies that will help us to prepare for the future, including opportunities to invest in clean and renewable energy sources.

The panel will address this complex and vitally important topic from a range of perspectives. Speakers include Will Scott, Energy Policy Analyst for North Carolina Conservation Network, and Steve Kalland, Executive Director of NCSU’s NC Clean Energy Technology Center, and Katherine Kollins of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. League members, their families and friends, and interested community members are all welcome to attend this event.

Speaker Bios

Steven Kalland, Executive Director of NC Clean Energy Technology Center


Stephen S. Kalland, Executive Director of the Center, has over 25 years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. Steve directs the strategic vision of the Center and its programs, including programs ranging from technical assistance to economic development, public policy, and workforce development. Mr. Kalland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and is a past board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), N.C. GreenPower, and the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA). He is also on the Advisory Boards of the Research Triangle CleanTech Cluster (RTCC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), based in Washington, DC.

Previously, Steve served as project manager with McNeil Technologies, Inc. of Springfield, VA and as the director for Government Relations and Grid-Tied Markets at Xantrex Technology, Inc. (formerly Trace Engineering, now part of Schneider Electric). Steve is a former executive director of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), the regional chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Before that, he was the director of State Programs and Policy Analysis at the national SEIA.

Steve graduated in 1991 from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 1993 he received a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester (NY).

Katherine Kollins, President of Southeastern Wind Coalition


Katharine has been President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition since October 2015. She manages SEWC’s programming and operations across eleven states, working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based and offshore wind, wind imports, and the regions’ supply chain assets.

Katharine's experience in the wind industry includes working in finance for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and working as business development manager for The Wind Alliance. She has also worked at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where she authored a paper on third-party financing of solar energy systems.

Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Katharine worked for RTI International, where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions. In her role at RTI, Katharine led the creation and start-up of a new business segment that allowed RTI to win over $30M in new work during its first year.

Katharine is a 2009 graduate of Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned her MBA and Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Energy. She holds a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Will Scott, Energy Policy Analyst at NC Conservation Network

Will joined the NC Conservation Network in January 2019. Previously, Will completed a one-year fellowship with the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, served three years as the Yadkin Riverkeeper, and also worked on state House and Congressional campaigns.

Will received his Juris Doctor from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has taught courses in Environmental Law & Food and Agriculture & the Environment as adjunct faculty at Wake Forest University and Duke University School of Law, respectively. Will is from Chatham County, NC.

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100th Anniversary Raffle

To help raise funds for our upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020, we will raffle a donated prize at this event. Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from one of our volunteers before the program begins. The winner will be announced at the end of the event. You must be present to win. Thank you for your support of the League!

Earlier Event: February 21
Field Trip - Transfer Company Food Hall
Later Event: March 9
League 101