Doug Esamann is Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions and President, Midwest/Florida Regions and Natural Gas Business, of Duke Energy.
Electrification 2018 was a memorable event for the two thousand that attended. But being in Long Beach, California, it was "a location too far" for many in our industry, particularly with the concentration of utilities, utility regulators, etc. in the northeastern and southeastern and midwestern states. So, when consideration began of an even larger Electrification 2020, Duke Energy put up its hand and volunteered to host the three thousand or so expected, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Here's Duke's Doug Esamann welcoming everyone to Charlotte and discussing why his company is charged up for you all to come to Charlotte.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: You're very busy at Duke Energy, but you're also involved in Electrification 2020. How's that going?
Doug Esamann: I'm on the board of EPRI as well, and that's a connection point to the Electrification conference in 2020. At EPRI, we felt like there had been collaboration in the past around electrification from not only the electric industries but also with automobile and other infrastructure folks. Regulatory discussions and policy discussions had gone on for about ten years, and there seemed to be a lull in the collaboration.