Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster News
January 14, 2015
Happy New Year! Thank you for your support of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.

This newsletter includes information about this month's SMART Series Talent event, RTCC's presence at DistribuTECH and our upcoming Cleantech Connect Career Fair being held in conjunction with the State Energy Conference.

Please join us in welcoming new members:

We would like to welcome our newest employee Susan Sanford, director, membership development & engagement on January 4. Read more about Susan here...

In This Issue:

  • Cleantech Point of View
  • SMART Series Talent Event Jan. 26
  • RTCC in Action 
  • RTCC Member News
  • Industry News & Trends
  • Market Intelligence
  • Economic Development News
  • Industry Events

Streetlights may be the next bright idea in demand response
Originally featured in Intelligent Utility.

By Charlie Nobles

It’s the middle of winter and the sun sets before most of your customers leave work at 5:30 p.m. It is dark and cold when your customers get home. They flip on the lights, crank the heat, turn on the TV, start cooking dinner and use more electricity than you can provide. 

Demand response can be costly, with limited options to reduce loads. Instead of purchasing electricity from neighboring utilities to meet winter peak demand, keep your customers’ lights on by dimming the lights outside. 

SMART Series Event
RTCC SMART Series: Best Practices to Attract, Retain & Develop Talent 
We invite you to join us for a continental breakfast  T uesday, January 26, 2016 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at the Research Triangle Foundation headquarters to hear from area employers about the strategies they are using to recruit, retain and develop talent – and the challenges they’re working to address.

Join RTCC at DistribuTECH 2016
Join us at DistribuTECH 2016 for our Power Play – a power-packed hour and a half mini-conference! Companies active in the Research Triangle Region will present brief case studies focusing on smart grid technologies. RTCC will have an exhibit booth and we welcome you to come by and meet the delegate companies participating. 

Also in conjunction with DistribuTECH, the U.S. Commercial Service is offering one-on-one briefings to outline global cleantech market opportunities utilizing industry specialists from the U.S. Department of Commerce Energy IT/Smart Grid who are based in overseas U.S. Embassies and Consulates. 

UNC Clean Tech Summit
RTCC is pleased to support UNC's Clean Tech Summit taking place February 18-19. The Summit brings together professionals in business, policy, and academia from across the state for two days of discussion, problem-solving, and networking to foster leadership and growth in North Carolina's clean tech industry.

RTCC has partnered with UNC to develop one of the Summit's central themes, the Internet of Things.

Additionally, the Summit offers several opportunities for businesses to connect with students as they explore career opportunities and internships. Please contact Greg Gangi for more information.

RTCC Cleantech Connect Career Fair
The Cleantech Connect Career Fair will take place on April 21, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in conjunction with the  2016 State Energy Conference at NC State University’s McKimmon Center. 

Access to the career fair is free for students and job seekers, but registration is required.

If you are an employer interested in connecting with potential interns and job candidates only 21 exhibit spaces remain. Exhibitor opportunities begin at $500.  


Envision America Workshop
Jenn Bosser, RTCC Executive Director, participated in the Envision America workshop, held in Charlotte, to learn more about the best practices associated with smart cities. RTCC members Duke Energy, Cisco, Itron and SAS are partners in the Envision America initiative. 

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2015 Top Markets Report - Smart Grid - US Department of Commerce 
2016 Atlantic Energy Forum
When: January 19, 2016
Where: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
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NC and the Smart City Ecosystem
When: February 2, 2016
Where: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
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Emerging Issues Forum
When: February 8-9, 2016
Where: Raleigh Convention Center
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EDPNC Leading Delegation to International Smart Grid Expo
When: March 2-4, 2016
Where: Tokyo, Japan
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Up to $3,500 in travel and lodging funds are available from the EDPNC to enable companies with less than 500 employees to attend this event. Contact Blake Jackman for details.
When: March 22-24, 2016
Where: Raleigh Convention Center
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EV Challenge Annual  Competition
When: April 15-17, 2016
Where: Centennial Campus at NCSU
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Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Ken Delaney.
State Energy Conference
When: April 20-21, 2016
Where: McKimmon Conference & Traning Center

ASME 2016 Power & Energy Conference and Expo
When: June 26-30, 2016
Where: Charlotte Convention Center
Greentech Forum
When: October 2016
Where: Osaka, Japan
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