Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Companies Discuss North Carolina's Energy Future

April 15, 2013

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) company executives and staff will be featured panelists and speakers at a power-packed 10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh April 15-17.

The conference, “Embracing an Intelligent Energy Future: How Will North Carolina Integrate Economics, Behavior, Supply and Delivery Strategies to Shape our Energy Landscape?” is hosted by the Energy Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Tim Fairchild, director of the global utilities practice at SAS and RTCC founding board member, will speak on “Data Analytics, Security and Interoperability” Monday during an opening day panel.

On Tuesday, four RTCC executives will join a panel discussing “Forging the Future in Smart Grid Excellence:”

  • Mark A. Ascolese, RTCC vice chairman and founding board member, executive chairman of Power Analytics Corp.
  • Gary Rackliffe, vice president of smart grid development for ABB North America, a founding RTCC member company.
  • Lee Anne Nance, senior vice president of Research Triangle Regional Partnership, RTCC managing director.
  • Christa Wagner Vinson, RTCC program manager.

A fifth RTCC company executive, Edwin Newell, director of water/waste water for Schneider Electric, will also speak Tuesday on a panel discussing "Energy Engineering: Practical Energy Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Facilities: Smart Grid Efficiency and Resiliency."

Smart grid is a key area of focus for the region’s cleantech cluster. A dense and rapidly expanding concentration of more than 60 companies, many with corporate, division or national headquarters in the region, plus extensive research and development assets and support services make the region a global hub for this high-growth industry.

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The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the cleantech economy and is led by an 11-member board of directors. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens. RTRP is a public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the 13-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. For more information, visit

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Contact: Lee Anne Nance, (919) 334-4075,