Board of Directors

Advanced Energy is governed by a Board of Directors. Eight directors are appointed by the governor of North Carolina to represent public interests, four directors are named by member utilities, and one is appointed by the NC Utilities Commission.

Advanced Energy’s Board of Directors includes:

tony ae board Tony Almeida, public member

Mr. Almeida was formerly the senior advisor on jobs and the economy for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Almeida is past chair of the Charlotte Regional Partnership and also served as chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Board and past chair of the North Carolina Community College Foundation Board. Almeida holds a B.A. degree in history and economics from Vanderbilt University. Almeida was appointed to the Board in 2013. Almeida can be reached via email:

Fred Alphin, public member

Mr. Alphin was formerly Counsel for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and all of its affiliate companies. He served as a member of the Tenth Judicial District Bar, the Wake County Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and also served as Chairman of all corporate lawyers for the North Carolina Bar Association. Alphin holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was reappointed to the Board in 2013, having previously served from 1997-2009.  Mr.Alphin can be reached via email:

kendal bowmanKendal Bowman, utility member: Duke Energy

Ms. Bowman, Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Policy, joined the Board in April 2014. Ms. Bowman joined Duke Energy in 1999 as General Counsel for Progress Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy Florida. Ms. Bowman received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the North Carolina Bar. Ms. Bowman can be reached via email

J. Alan Butler, public member: Weaver Cooke Construction

Mr. Butler was formerly the Senior Vice President of Client Services for Weaver Cooke. He joined Advanced Energy’s Board of Directors in April 1989. An alumnus of Campbell University, Butler is past president of the Carolinas’ Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. He has been involved in energy-related activities since 1975, working with design and construction firms. Mr. Butler can be reached via email:

rob caldwell ae boardRob Caldwell, utility member: Duke Energy

Mr. Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, joined the Board in December 2008. Mr. Caldwell joined Progress Energy in 1998 as Vice President, Strategic Planning, and has held a number of other positions leading to his current one. Prior to joining Progress Energy, he served in various management positions with a Michigan utility. Mr. Caldwell graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Caldwell can reached via email:

henry campenHenry Campen, Jr., public member: Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Henry Campen is a partner in the Raleigh office of the law firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP where he has practiced since 1986. Mr. Campen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University. He is a member of the bar in North Carolina and District of Columbia. Mr. Campen joined the Board in July 2014. Mr. Campen can be reach via email:

website_bubbles_cobeyWilliam W. Cobey, public member

After serving a term as a Member of the United States Congress in the mid 1980’s, Bill Cobey joined the administration of Governor James G. Martin, first as Deputy Secretary of NC Department of Transportation from 1987 to 1989 and then as Secretary of the Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources from 1989 to 1993. From 1999 to 2003, he was the Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. Bill’s past experience includes management consulting, municipal management, federal government relations consulting and athletic administration. He is a former athletic director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Bill serves as Chairman of the NC State Board of Education and as a member of the Governor’s Education Cabinet. In addition, he serves as a Board member of the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), NC Education and Workforce Innovation Commission. Bill is a former Chairman of the Board of Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and President of the Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA. From 2005 until 2012, Bill was a presidential appointee to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors that governs Reagan National and Dulles Airports. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Emory University, an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Health and Physical Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Cobey can be reached via email:

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Chris Ferrell, P.E., public member: Mott MacDonald USA, LLC

Mr. Ferrell is a Business Line Director at Mott MacDonald USA, LLC in Power unit.  Mr. Ferrell joined Mott MacDonald in 2016 and is directly responsible for fostering and developing key client relationships, project oversight and several personnel in the southeastern US region.  He has been involved in the development, engineering, and construction of over 3,000 megawatts of operating renewable projects across the country.  These have included the largest wind complex in Texas, the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi River, and the largest wind project battery installation in the US. He has been a successful project manager, project engineer and project director for a wide variety of transmission, distribution and substation projects, including underground and overhead transmission and distribution, SCADA and fiber design, reactive compensation studies, plant protection and control systems, and system modeling efforts.  Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Mr. Ferrell has held various management and engineering roles with engineering, construction and utility companies.  Mr. Ferrell graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. Mr. Ferrell is a licensed professional engineer in the state of North Carolina. Mr. Ferrell joined the board in November 2013. Mr. Ferrell can be reached via email:

bob kogerRobert K. Koger, NCUC member

Dr. Robert (Bob) Koger is President and CEO of both Advanced Energy and NC GreenPower which are located in Raleigh on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. The North Carolina Utilities Commission initiated the establishment of the two nonprofit corporations – Advanced Energy (AE) in 1980 and NC GreenPower (NCGP) in 2003. Both were unique at the time they were started. Advanced Energy was one of the first organizations in the nation established with the goal of limiting increases in electric rates and bills through the implementation and promotion of energy efficiency, demand response, and alternative and renewable electric generation sources. Similarly, NC GreenPower was the nation’s first statewide voluntary renewable energy program. It has provided incentives that have resulted in approximately 1,000 renewable energy installations as well as helping educate the general public about renewable energy. Dr. Koger can be reached via email:

board_memberRobert Wells

Mr. Wells is the former Executive Director of The Alliance on North Carolina Independent telephone companies. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Telecommunications Industry Association. He is a former Chairman and commissioner of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Mr. Wells was a former councilman and Mayor of the city of High Point, N.C. where he founded and operated the Robert Wells Insurance agency. Mr. Wells has for many years been active in civic and governmental affairs at local, state, and national levels. He can be reached at

nancyNancy Temple

Nancy is a native of Charlotte and lives in Raleigh.  In 2009, she retired from Progress Energy as VP-Corporate Communications, where she was responsible for overseeing the company’s brand and corporate reputation, including all internal and external communications and corporate community relations.  Before joining Progress Energy, Nancy held leadership positions in health care, government and politics.  She served in the administration of North Carolina Governor Jim Martin and was his chief of staff from 1989 to 1993.  Nancy holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University.  She is married to Henry Temple, has two sons, and five grandchildren. She can be reached at: