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The Southeast Chapter is E2’s newest chapter with work focused in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. These states represent an essential core within the region where smart climate policy can have a powerful impact to advance a growing sustainable economy that is good for business, the environment and local communities.

Chapter Leadership

Dave Belote

Dave Belote

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Dave Belote

E2 Chapter Director

Dave is the Managing Partner and CEO of DARE Strategies LLC, helping clients successfully navigate issues at the nexus of renewable energy and national defense. Before founding DARE, Dave advocated for Federal- and state-level energy and defense policy as Senior Vice President of Cassidy and Associates, and earlier served as Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Clean Energy. Recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security in 2013, Dave is using his Federal experience to help develop floating offshore wind projects in California and Hawaii, as well as the SunZia high-voltage transmission project across New Mexico and Arizona. A retired Air Force colonel and F-16 pilot who earned two Bronze Stars during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as commander of Nellis Air Force Base, Dave continued his commitment to public service by running (albeit unsuccessfully) to represent his hometown in the Virginia State Senate. He also serves on the boards of Chanco on the James (an Episcopal summer camp and retreat center) and Eggleston, Inc. (a non-profit employer of special-needs adults). He is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion.
Miriam Makhyoun

Miriam Makhyoun

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Miriam Makhyoun

E2 Chapter Director

Miriam is the Chief Executive Officer of EQ Research, a national energy consulting firm known for Policy Vista™, an online platform tracking and analyzing state regulatory proposals, state legislation, general rate cases, RPS and resource planning market data, electric vehicle regulation, and low carbon fuel policy. Miriam was a Power Supply Contracts Manager at MCE, California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, where she managed MCE’s 2018 Energy Storage Request for Offer process. Other experience includes portfolio management for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) procuring Resource Adequacy capacity and carbon compliance instruments. Before PG&E, Miriam provided customized research to members of the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Ms. Makhyoun also published numerous energy industry reports while at North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Makhyoun holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Appropriate Technology (Renewable Energy) from Appalachian State University, and is currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ethan Blumenthal

Ethan Blumenthal

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Ethan Blumenthal

E2 Chapter Director

After becoming a member of the North Carolina state bar in 2018, Ethan co-founded Good Solar and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Good Solar is a 501(c)(3) that creates renewable energy solutions for nonprofit organizations and low- and moderate-income communities to promote social justice, combat climate change, provide community economic development, and build community resiliency. By developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, Good Solar matches funding with need—enabling its project partners to receive the benefits of a successful transition to renewable energy, wherever they are in the process. While founding Good Solar, Ethan also took a year-long postdoctoral scholar position working with UNC Law’s Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics (CE3)—authoring a white paper on state policies implemented to alleviate the impacts of job losses due to the ongoing energy transition, among other projects. Ethan also currently works as a commercial solar sales associate for Eagle Solar and Light. Born and raised in Charlotte, Ethan graduated the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in political science and environmental studies before moving on to the University of North Carolina School of Law.
David Petri

David Petri

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David Petri

E2 Chapter Director

Dave Petri is a highly regarded marketing and sustainability professional in the outdoor industry with 30 years of proven leadership experience in directing diverse and creative cross-functional teams to achieve success. Currently Dave is the founder and principal consultant at Cynosura Consulting – a marketing consulting firm committed to guiding clients in creating authentic branding strategies with an emphasis on sustainability and transparency. In addition, Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Coalition. B Before starting Cynosura, Dave was the Vice President of Marketing at Nester Hosiery. In that role, he guided the development and growth of their new sock brand – Farm to Feet. Within five years, the brand established itself as a premium outdoor product, growing from being unknown to a top five selling hiking sock in the outdoor specialty retail market. Prior to joining the outdoor industry, Dave’s unique background included a career in the Navy and experience in the defense and power generation industries. An active outdoorist with a personal passion for outdoor recreation advocacy and public lands protection, Dave lives in Mount Airy, North Carolina with his wife, Dr. Lisa Petri. He has two daughters – Marissa and Laurel.
Bill Capp

Bill Capp

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Bill Capp

E2 Chapter Director

Bill is founder of Grid Storage Consulting (GSC), providing advisory services to various constituents interested in expanding the use of energy storage at the grid level.  GSC provides expertise to help stakeholders improve the operation of electrical systems with advanced energy storage systems. Technologies include batteries, flywheels, and thermal generation (with and without fossil fuels). Clients include utilities, energy storage manufacturers, equipment suppliers, investors, government entities and grid operators. Before founding GSC, he was President and CEO of Beacon Power Corporation for 10 years.   Beacon was the first publicly traded “pure play” grid energy storage company.  He led the development of Beacon’s flywheel energy storage technology while simultaneously working with FERC, grid operators, and public service commissions to create markets for energy storage based frequency regulation. Beacon initiated commercial service in New England in 2008 and inaugurated the first-of-its-kind 20 megawatt frequency regulation facility connected to the New York grid in 2011. His career includes leadership roles in general management and technology in diverse companies including Ford Motor Company, Torrington, York International and Ingersoll-Rand. He has a BSAE from Purdue University and a MSME from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his MBA.  Bill has seven patents in diverse areas including microgrid design and PV systems.
Chris Parker

Chris Parker

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Chris Parker

E2 Chapter Director

A native of St. Augustine, Fl. Chris grew up in and around the ocean, which embedded an appreciation for the role of nature and the desire to protect it.  After a career on "Wall St." in global macro trading, he took a hiatus for a variety of roles with conservation NGOs.  This led to returning to finance for ESG investment advisory; combining markets with environmental and social issues.  Today this eclectic background is used in a consulting practice for Kingfisher Parker - tailored advisory, campaigns, and projects for companies and nonprofits.  Chris partners with organizations to create impact around sustainability, climate action, ESG, conservation, CSR & renewable energy.  Despite loving his work today, his favorite job was being a fly-fishing guide in Wyoming and the Caribbean. Chris is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Our Issues

  • Accelerating clean, renewable energy and grid modernization
  • Expanding job-creating, consumer bill saving energy efficiency efforts
  • Improving resilience and climate risk mitigation solutions to protect vulnerable communities and businesses
  • Modernizing and electrifying our transportation system

Our Work

Clean economy industries have grown exponentially in the Southeast over the last few years. As shown in E2’s 2020 Clean Jobs America report, North Carolina and Virginia were ranked among the top ten states in the U.S. for clean energy employment; and there’s still room to grow.

While North Carolina is No. 2 in the country for installed solar energy, the state is also exploring increased investment in wind. By committing to the expansion of wind-generated energy, states like North Carolina and Virginia, which recently passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) requiring electricity to come from 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050, are encouraging new avenues for jobs in manufacturing and the rest of the supply chain throughout the region.

Recent Success

In 2018, E2 released an Offshore Wind analysis that evaluates the industry’s economic potential in five eastern states, including in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The report shows billions of dollars in economic benefits could be reaped in the Southeast by harnessing the power of offshore wind.

Our Clean Jobs North Carolina report was released in 2020 and shows how clean energy accounts for 52% of all energy sector employment in North Carolina, with wind energy, grid modernization and storage technologies being the fastest growing sectors in the state at the end of 2019. The report details how North Carolina has clean energy jobs in every county and ranks #9 in the nation for clean energy employment, with 25% of  those clean energy jobs employing rural North Carolinian workers.

With Southeast states facing disruption from ever-increasing, severe climate events like hurricanes, rising temperatures, flooding and drought, E2 released a video on The Clean Economy & North Carolina, outlining the economic cost of climate change in relation to the economic benefits of clean energy and climate action.

GET INVOLVED

Interested in learning more? Want to help us advance our clean energy goals from Richmond to Raleigh to Atlanta to Capitol Hill?

Reach out to Southeast Advocate Zach Amittay at zamittay@e2.org to start receiving updates on supporting E2’s policy efforts in your area – including attending upcoming events, participating in advocacy campaigns, receiving our email newsletters, and more!

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