A Conversation With Energy Managers of the Triangle

Allen Boyette, North Carolina State University
Casey Collins, Duke University
Greg Eades, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cindy Register, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This 1-hour moderated panel session is being offered as a major theme at the 2018 I2SL Annual Conference.  The panel session is intended to encourage opinions and discussion about energy design and operations as shared by a senior group of panelists including energy managers and directors.  Audience participation will also be encouraged.  

Learning Objectives

  • Understand lessons learned perspective from example case studies.
  • Understand holistic approach to the managing energy.
  • Understand importance of team integration.
  • Understand practical strategies to reduce overall carbon footprint.


Allen Boyette is currently serving as the Senior Director for Energy Systems at NC State University where he is responsible for campus utilities, infrastructure, central plants, building systems, University life safety systems, energy management, and campus sustainability. In this role and in conjunction with the University Environmental Health and Safety Department, he has responsibility for campus laboratory facilities to meet research and teaching needs while at the same time ensuring the safety and cost-effective operations of these critical facilities. His education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, and a Masters in Strategic Studies. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a Certified Educational Facilities Professional.

Casey Collins serves as the Energy Manager for Duke University. In his current role, Casey manages the supply and demand energy and water resources for a 20 million square foot campus supporting over 30,000 people every day. His team focuses on identifying and implementing a broad portfolio of technology solutions to help the University meet its greenhouse gas neutrality commitments. Prior to his work at Duke, Casey served industrial, institutional, and architectural clients with a variety of energy engineering services. Outside of his professional roles, he serves his community on the Durham City/County Environmental Affairs Board. He is a graduate of NC State University, a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager, and a pretty decent fiddle player.

Greg Eades currently serves as the Facility Operations Branch Chief for EPA’s Research Triangle Park, NC Campus. Prior to EPA, Dr. Eades held various engineering positions with the State of North Carolina, the private sector and the U.S. Air Force. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering, all from NC State University. Dr. Eades is a North Carolina registered professional engineer and a certified energy manager.

Cindy Register, Assistant Director of Engineering Services – Energy Management at UNC Chapel Hill, is responsible for leading the energy management program at UNC Chapel Hill. This program has a cumulative $344M in avoided energy cost with a 33% reduction in building energy intensity since base year FY03. Her areas of oversight focus on implementation and monitoring of building energy conservation measures; commissioning of high performance building systems; energy project delivery; and energy reporting for the university. Recent initiatives related to laboratory energy use reduction include airflow reduction projects, autoclave retrofits, LED lighting retrofits, and lab equipment plug load study. Ms. Register is also active with Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (the student green fee group), Green Labs, student interns from Institute for the Environment, and Capstone student project groups.

Ms. Register holds an Electrical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University and past work experiences include distribution engineering with Duke Energy, electrical utility consulting with Rural Electric Cooperatives and ElectriCities members, and energy related activities with North Carolina Department of Administration.


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