We are honored to host two VIP speakers for the month of November, 2017.
Rob Caldwell is president of Duke Energy Renewables and distributed energy technology. He leads the company’s commercial portfolio business, consisting of nonregulated renewable energy, energy management, battery storage and electric transmission businesses.
In addition, Caldwell has responsibility for renewables, distributed energy resources and wholesale power sales for Duke Energy’s regulated utilities. In this role, he is responsible for developing policies, strategies and business development activities related to distributed and renewable energy generation; combined heat and power; and microgrid and energy storage. His responsibilities also include wholesale power origination. Caldwell assumed his current position in July 2016.
Caldwell began his career with Progress Energy in 1998 and held various leadership positions. He has managed strategic planning, fuel procurement, power marketing and trading, energy efficiency, demand side management, electric vehicles, smart grid and emerging technology.
A native of Michigan, Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.
He serves on the boards of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and North Carolina Energy Policy Council. He is also vice chair of the board of directors for Advanced Energy Corporation and board chairman of the Charlotte-based energy accelerator CLT Joules.
Caldwell and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, N.C., and have three children and three grandchildren.
Sarah French, a two-time Emmy Award winning journalist, joined the NBC Charlotte Team as their Main Evening Anchor, alongside Fred Shropshire in March 2017. You can watch Sarah & Fred at 5, 6 & 11 p.m.
Sarah joins NBC Charlotte from WHDH in Boston, MA. She was the morning anchor there and joined the team in 2011. She was also the host of What's Cooking, How to Help & Backstage in Boston. Sarah was awarded the “Speak for Thyself” Award by Alden Kindred of America, and she was named one of Boston’s Most Exceptional Women. Prior to WHDH, Sarah was the morning anchor at WTIC in Hartford, CT. Sarah began her career as a reporter for KOMU in Columbia, MO.
Sarah brings rich experience covering major world events. She was on the ground covering the Boston marathon bombing, the destructive aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She holds two prestigious Emmy Awards and received the “Excellence in Local Television Award” by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for an hour-long special called “Gay in America: Tensions & Tolerance.”
Sarah is an inspirational champion for several notable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She is also an advocate for domestic violence victims. After the tragic death of her friend and colleague, Alice Morrin, Sarah worked tirelessly with Connecticut legislators to pass a 911 texting bill in Alice’s name.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She was Miss Missouri 2006.
Sarah is a member of Cherokee nation. She spoke at the National Trail of Tears Conference in Oklahoma. She grew up in Arkansas and moves to Charlotte with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Blair. They also have a goldendoodle named Buddy! Sarah is a self-proclaimed “foodie”, a huge fan of the theater and enjoys spending her free time with her family.