Battery Storage: Where is the Technology Going And What are the Practical Applications?

When:  Nov 3, 2021 from 15:00 to 16:00 (ET)

Sponsored by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions

As the United States electric grid continues to decarbonize and more renewable energy gets deployed, the fact remains that load-following generation will still be required to balance out supply and demand.  Battery Storage has long been championed as an alternative to traditional Peaker plants and we are beginning to see the necessary investment and technological breakthroughs to make it a viable alternative.  In this webinar, we’ll discuss where battery storage is successful today, what are the future holds, and what will be the tipping point for deployment. 



  1. Examples of battery storage deployment today and where we are seeing success
  2. What's in the near future and how will it be beneficial to your campus or city?
  3. What is the tipping point for deployment? Cost? Duration? Application?



Michael Kilpatrick
Key Segment Manger of State and Local Government
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions 

Michael is the Key Segment Manager of State and Local Government for Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions where he is the focused on helping State Governments, Municipalities, and Co-Op's solve complex energy problems by delivering the solutions that meet their needs.  Michael began his career in energy as an Energy Trader which led him to Duke Energy.  During his time at Duke Energy he has also held roles in Natural Gas Transportation, Products and Services Management, and Business Development focused on Distributed Generation.  Michael has a strong understanding of organized energy markets, public policy, and renewable energy which he leverages to help Municipalities pursue their sustainability goals.  Michael is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Finance and Accounting.


Wayne Johnson
Facilities Management and Energy Executive in Higher Education
Duke Energy

Wayne has served as a Facilities Management and Energy Executive in Higher Education and brings a wealth of experience to Duke Energy.  Wayne has also managed safety and accreditation processes for his campus and has provided oversight and program responsibility for a regional K-12 outsourced facilities management firm.  Wayne has a passion for “out of the box” thinking which generates a creative process in meeting the challenges facing energy infrastructure and asset management in education.  Wayne strives to create a “synergy” that builds solutions to meet the needs to all campus constituents: Facilities leaders, CFOs, Presidents, Head of School, faculty, staff, students and local communities.  His unique perspective and experience when combined with Duke Energy’s ability to execute can be of great support as schools look to become energy efficient, sustainable and viable for the future.  Wayne enjoys international travel, time on the lake and hiking, especially when his extended family and wife can join in the adventure.  Wayne has worked as a licensed electrical and general contractor and has degrees from Mars Hill University and The University of South Carolina where his advanced degree is in Education Administration.

Saniya LeBlanc
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Energy Innovation Initiative, George Washington University

Saniya LeBlanc is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Energy Innovation Initiative at the George Washington University. Her research goals are to create next-generation energy solutions leveraging advanced materials and manufacturing techniques. With a background spanning fundamental research, manufacturing, and device design, Dr. LeBlanc has developed an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to creating emerging energy technologies. Prior to joining GWU, she was a scientist at a startup company where she created research, development, and manufacturing solutions and evaluated new power generation materials. Previously, she was a math and physics teacher at a multicultural high school in the D.C. public school system through Teach for America. Dr. LeBlanc obtained a PhD and MS in mechanical engineering with a minor in materials science at Stanford University. She was a Churchill Scholar at University of Cambridge where she received an MPhil in engineering, and she has a BS in mechanical engineering with a minor in French from Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2018, the American Society of Engineering Education named Dr. LeBlanc one of its 20 Under 40 high-achieving researchers and educators, and she received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2020.