New DHEC Director Announced as Keynote Speaker for 2015 Clean Energy Summit


Catherine Heigel, the new SC DHEC Director, will be the keynote speaker at the SC Clean Energy Summit.

The S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance announced that Catherine Heigel, the new Director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 S.C. Clean Energy Summit to be held July 23 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

“We are excited to have Catherine Heigel be our Keynote speaker for this year’s Summit,” said SCCEBA Executive Director Jim Poch, “Our annual Summit brings all the major clean energy players in our state together to talk about learn about everything that is happening with the industry in South Carolina.”

Before joining DHEC, Heigel served as General Counsel and Corporate Strategies Officer for Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC where she was responsible for managing the firm’s legal, M&A and compliance functions. Heigel holds more than 19 years of combined legal, regulatory and executive management experience, including an eleven year career at Duke Energy South Carolina, serving in various capacities to her last role with the company as president of their South Carolina operations.

Joining Heigel is Dr. Larry Dooley, Vice President of Research at Clemson University who will provide introductory remarks regarding the University’s research and initiatives in advanced energy.  Keynote sponsors included Inman Solar of Atlanta, Georgia and the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

“I see South Carolina becoming a renewable energy leader in the Southeast,” said Anthony Gardner, Director of Business and Strategic Alliances for Inman Solar.  “We are proud to stand behind SCCEBA in encouraging residential and commercial solar energy development.”

The Summit will feature more than thirty expert speakers from across the Southeast throughout the day presenting sessions. Session topics include wind energy, clean transportation, nuclear energy, energy policy in the southeast, solar energy, energy efficiency, biomass energy and clean energy economic development.

Since its inception in September 2011, SCCEBA has become a voice for the clean energy industry is S.C.  The Summit is a unique opportunity to learn and network with the people who are working to build the clean energy supply chain in South Carolina.  The 2015 S.C. Clean Energy Summit is July 23, 2015 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For those wanting to attend the SC Clean Energy Summit, early bird registration is open until July 10 and is $100. After July 10, registration prices will increase to $150. For more information about the 2015 S.C. Clean Energy Summit and SCCEBA,

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