Ronald DiFelice, Ph.D., Managing Partner at Energy Intelligence Partners
Near-Term and Long-Term Prospects for Grid-Scale Energy Storage
Monday, October 21 | 4:00 - 5:00pm
Plemmons Student Union, Room 137C Attic Window
FREE and open to the public
Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts a 122-fold boom of stationary energy storage over the next two decades that will require $662 billion of investment. Why is this explosive growth happening now and why is it critical for our move toward carbon neutrality? Dr. Ron DiFelice has spent over 17 years in the energy storage sector through founding, developing, operating, and investing in energy storage companies and assets. He is currently on the front lines of grid-scale energy storage deployment as an energy storage project developer. Dr. DiFelice will address these questions and more regarding why “this time is different” for energy storage. He will also discuss an energy storage-focused clean peak standard policy that he has developed for the state of North Carolina.
About Ron DiFelice
Dr. Ron DiFelice is a long-time clean energy advocate and a leader in the field of energy storage. He is an energy storage authority with over 18 years of experience with all types of energy storage / grid-edge technologies and markets. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Energy Intelligence Partners (EIP), where for the past five years he has served as an energy storage and grid-edge consultant to developers, investors, utilities, and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to traditional consulting engagements, EIP partners with solar and wind developers to co-develop energy storage projects, and EIP is currently co-developing over 800 MWhs of solar-plus-storage projects. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. DiFelice holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech (Phi Lambda Upsilon), an MBA from Kenan‐Flagler at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Beta Gamma Sigma), and Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
About the Sustainable Energy Speaker Series
The Sustainable Energy Speaker Series was created to deepen campus and community understanding of contemporary energy issues and spur conversation around energy topics. The series is a joint effort of the Appalachian Energy Center and the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment.
*Attendance will be kept for faculty offering extra credit for students.*