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  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:10 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Thank you all for the outpouring of support that came with this announcement. I have always been and continue to be genuinely impressed by and grateful for the network that E2Tech has created. By attracting a dedicated community of innovators and leaders in the environmental, energy, and cleantech sectors - which continues to grow both in its reach and its depth - E2Tech has built the platform for our success. I am excited beyond words to take the reins, leading the way in promoting and supporting your work and cutting-edge ideas. We will move forward together to continue to grow and expand the impacts of these sectors in Maine, regionally, and globally.

    E2Tech holds a unique position in the state as a convener, credible resource, and connector within the energy, environmental, and cleantech sectors. We will maintain this vital role; holding educational forums and networking receptions, making connections to resources needed to grow your business or organization, and promoting fact-based policy development. We are also exploring ways to maximize our impact through new innovative projects and programs. 

    I have already had the opportunity to meet with many of you to discuss your work and ways that E2Tech may be able to assist or collaborate. If you are interested in sitting down for a coffee, phone call, or a walking meeting on the Eastern Prom (it is summer in Maine after all), please feel free to reach out. Let's continue to come together, keep together, and work together to build upon and grow our successes. 

    Thank you,

    Melissa Winne
    Executive Director, E2Tech

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:02 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist known for his work on behavioral economics and the psychology of decision-making, has said that if one were to design a problem that our minds are not prepared to deal with, it would be climate change. Psychologically, we are not equipped to manage threats so distant, abstract, and disputed and it is challenging for society to comprehend the severe forecasted impacts.

    However, climate change is manifesting itself in ways that are local, concrete, and undisputed. Mainers are already experiencing climate change impacts on their homes and businesses. Maine’s average annual temperature has increased by 3ºF in the last 100 years and is expected to increase another 2-3ºF by 2050. This increase in average temperature is also expected to prolong Maine’s warm season (period of time where the average daily temperature is above freezing) by two additional weeks before 2050, with winter warming faster than summer (University of Maine. 2015. Maine’s Climate Future). 

    The Gulf of Maine is also warming at an increased rate of 0.4ºF per year, which is faster than 99% of the world’s oceans (Record, N. 2014. Maine waters are warming fast. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Transect 6:8-9.). Maine’s average total annual precipitation has increased by 6 inches in the last 100 years (University of Maine. 2015. Maine’s Climate Future). Maine is also seeing a significant increase in extreme precipitation events. This increase in precipitation may exacerbate the acidification occurring in the Gulf of Maine, in addition to other factors. Maine is also expected to see, at minimum, a sea level increase of 0.07 inches per year (NOAA Tides & Currents. 2018. Relative Sea Level Trend-Portland, Maine). 

    How will this impact Maine’s economy?

    • Crop seasons shifting or becoming longer (2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map).
    • Increases in human health issues from heat stress, air pollution, and insect-borne diseases.
    • Native species' populations shifting north & becoming more susceptible to diseases, disrupting traditional Maine industries.
    • Non-native species increasing their habitable territory and requiring more intensive monitoring and management efforts.
    • Increase infrastructure costs due to road washouts, culvert/bridge replacements, increasing storm water system capacities.
    • Increases in non-point source pollution in lakes and streams from extreme weather events. 
    • Reductions in property value in certain areas. 
    • Increases in flood zones and flood insurance.
    • Increase port opportunities with melting Artic (if Maine ports can adapt to increased sea level rise).
    • Loss of natural storm buffers, putting properties at risk and requiring infrastructure investments. 
    • Potential decrease in opportunities for winter tourism activities (skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, etc.) due to less snow/ability to produce snow and duration of lake ice.*If Maine ports can adapt to increased sea level rise.
    (University of Maine. 2015. Maine’s Climate Future)

    Want to learn more about the economic impacts of climate change?

    Join us on Thursday, June 21 at Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center in Hallowell to hear from experts in climate science, economics, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, and development. 

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:40 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Have you seen it? It's finally here! We have launched a brand new E2Tech website

    Our website has been fully redesigned with YOU in mind. 

    The E2Tech website relaunch is Melissa Winne's inaugural project as Executive Director. Melissa envisioned transforming the E2Tech website into a mobile-compatible, modern site that better reflects our mission and values as Maine’s environmental, energy, technology, and business sector champion. 

    E2Tech worked closely with Katharine Wojcik of Adept Creative to design a site with a clean aesthetic, streamlined functionality, simplified navigation, and easier access to information on all things cleantech in Maine. By utilizing a special membership application, we are able to offer mobile-friendly registration and membership functions, so now you can register for events and check your member status right from your phone!

    We encourage everyone to visit and explore the site, and keep up with E2Tech news by signing up for the E2Tech Connect newsletter and following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

    If you have any questions or feedback you would like to share with our team, please do so by contacting: Melissa Winne, melissawinne@e2tech.org.

    Thank you for Connecting With Us.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:39 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Content provided by Stantec.

    Stantec is a leading global design and engineering firm committed to designing with community in mind. Stantec’s 22,000 employees in 400 locations across six continents are designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. The firm’s key areas of business include Buildings, Energy & Resources, Environmental Services, Infrastructure, and Water.

    Stantec is ranked as a top ten global environmental firm and a top ten global design firm by Engineering News Record. The firm is also ranked as a top ten architecture firm by Architectural Record.

    In Maine, the Stantec team holds deep local knowledge and relationships with a presence in two office locations, in Scarborough and Topsham. The firm’s Topsham office serves as Stantec’s environmental hub for New England, and well beyond. From botanists to wildlife biologists, fisheries experts to soil scientists, GIS mappers to wetland scientists, Stantec offers a diverse team of environmental experts with in-depth strategic scientific and regulatory expertise. Coupled with Stantec’s Scarborough office, where engineers focus on a range of projects from bridges and power plants to airports and roadways, the collective team is focused on protecting our natural resources and beautiful landscapes while finding unique ways to showcase all that Maine has to offer.

    Working locally in Maine, regionally across New England, and beyond, Stantec has a long-standing history leading projects in the environmental and energy markets. Grounded by safety, quality, and ethics, Stantec is dedicated to delivering tailored solutions for each site.

    Among Stantec’s recent work is the Portland Harbor Contained Aquatic Disposal (CAD) Cell project, the first CAD cell project in the State of Maine. Working with the City of Portland, Stantec is the design engineer focused on site investigation and permitting. This project supports waterfront economic development by dredging and disposing sediments from private and public berthing areas located at piers, marinas, and anchorages, some of which have not been dredged in over 70 years. The CAD cell will provide an environmentally responsible and reasonably affordable disposal solution for these berthing areas to regain usable full-tide water depth and navigation access. 

    A little farther north, Stantec recently put its commitment to community into action, providing pro bono baseline ecological surveys for the 164-acre Howard Hill conservation area in Augusta, work that established the value of the parcel as worthy of ecological conservation.  The work was done for the Kennebec Land Trust, which gave the land to the City of Augusta with a perpetual conservation easement, for use as a recreational area with trails, picnic areas and views of Maine’s Capitol and the Kennebec River.  With hiking trials accessible from the Capitol grounds, it will be known as the Howard Hill Historical Park.

    Stantec is an E2Tech Sustaining Steward and Brooke Barnes is a Member of the E2Tech Board of Directors.

    To learn more about the E2Tech Sustaining Partner program, visit our membership page.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:38 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    On Thursday, May 24, Alexendra Dunn, the new Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Administrator, visited several locations in Maine to meet with Mainers and discuss important local environmental issues. She concluded her visit by speaking to E2Tech's network at the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus about this administration’s approach to directing the regional office. Administrator Dunn highlighted the following topics, among others:

    • EPA Region 1 will host the first PFOA/PFOS chemical summit open to the public at the Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire.
    • Innovative solutions are key to solving our regional environmental problems. 
    • Administrator Dunn is exploring ways to run the office as effectively and efficiently as possible.
    • They are listening! Administrator Dunn will follow the lead of the states to develop environmental priorities. She is interested in continuing to meet directly with the states and will be back to Maine soon.

    Administrator Dunn also announced that the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) letters of interest deadline has been extended to July 31, 2018. The WIFIA program has a budget of $5.5 billion to distribute and will finance up to 49% of a water infrastructure project. More information about the WIFIA program can be found at www.epa.gov/wifia.

    The EPA Region 1 office is hiring! Visit the EPA website to search for positions through USAJobs.gov.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:27 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    CEI Wicked Fast Microloans

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) is offering expedited microloans designed for existing and start-up business owners. Eligible applicants can borrow up to $25,000 for working capital, equipment purchases, or to refinance existing higher cost debt. CEI makes the loan decision within three business days from a 2-page application

    CLICK HERE to access all CEI business financing options.

    Data Innovation Project

    The Data Innovation Project is accepting applications for Fall 2018 Data Clinics in September, October, and November. These data clinics are a FREE opportunity for organizations to receive two hours of focused, one-on-one technical assistance around data or performance measurement related issues. 

    CLICK HERE to apply to one of the clinics.


  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:22 PM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    One of the many side effects of climate change is rising sea levels. In the last 100 years, sea level has increased 0.6 feet in Portland, while Eastport’s sea level has increased by 0.7 feet. Sea level can rise due to thermal expansion (the ocean gets warmer and expands), volumetric increases (water added to the ocean from melting land-based ice sheets like Antarctica and Greenland), and subsidence (where coastal land sinks or settles). Maine's natural features at risk include bluffs, tidal flats, salt marshes, freshwater wetlands, beaches, dunes, and coastal aquifers. 

    Much of Maine's population is at risk of being directly affected by the rising sea levels. In 2010, 63% of the Maine population lived in a coastal shoreline county and Maine ranked 8th in the country for the number of seasonal housing units in coastal shoreline counties. From 1980 to 2016, Maine experienced $11 billion worth of damage from coastal natural disasters. In addition to the natural disaster expenses, Maine’s economy will suffer as water levels rise and shorefront properties become inhabitable, public infrastructure becomes stranded or flooded, tourism is affected by changes in beaches and other shorefront parks, the fishing industry shifts harvest species due to habitat loss and species migration, and as other challenges and changes arise. 

    There are a few ways Maine can address the impacts of sea level rise, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions at local, state, regional, and national levels; strategically investing in new public infrastructure that takes future sea level predictions into account; creating public policy and development regulations in regards to flood zones and storm surge levels; and investing in sea level adaptation strategies.

    Climate scientists have identified three main strategies for adapting to sea level rise: fortify, accommodate, or retreat. There are two methods of fortification, hard and soft structures. Hard fortification structures include seawalls, bulkheads, stilts, and other barriers to protect against erosion and rising water levels. However, these hard fortification structures can magnify the effects of sea level rise when installed incorrectly or to properties without the hard fortification methods. Soft fortification methods include sand dunes, salt marshes, flood plains, and other forms of natural protection. Beach renourishment can be a more temporary form of soft fortification but is costly and often needs to be repeated every 5-10 years. Accommodation approaches include raising land and building elevation, installing desalination systems, creating additional drainage systems, and implementing alarm systems to allow upgraded functions to continue in the same location. Retreat involves relocating or abandoning current infrastructure. A site’s current characteristics will influence which strategy makes the most sense economically.

    To learn more about sea level rise, interact with NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer.

    Join E2Tech and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for an
    interactive presentation to explore the data behind sea level rise
    in Maine's coastal communities on February 28th!
    CLICK HERE to learn more and register today (space is limited).

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:13 PM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Electric Vehicles in Maine

    Discussions around electric vehicles continue in Maine, particularly in light of the recent introduction of the Governor LePage-backed bill (LD 1806) that would impose a registration surcharge of $150 for gas-electric hybrid vehicles and $250 for all-electric vehicles. If passed, these proposed surcharge fees would be the highest in the country. In a recent Portland Press Herald Article, a Maine Department of Transportation representative stated that this fee is needed in order to assist in covering the cost of repairing roads, which is currently funded through the gasoline tax. State conservation groups and hybrid and electric vehicle owners have expressed concerns that the fee discourages the purchase of these vehicles without effectively addressing the gap in funding for maintaining and repairing roads throughout the State.

    Electric Vehicles in New England, 2015 (EIA)

     State  EVs Per 1 Million People  EVs in Use
     Connecticut  358 1,284
     Maine  182  242
     Massachusetts  419 2,846
     New Hampshire  258  343
     Rhode Island  131  138
     Vermont  503  315
     New England Average  351  861
     United States Average  672  4,309

    In 2015, Maine ranked 5th in New England for electric vehicles per capita and 4th for plug-in electric hybrids per capita.

    VW Settlement

    The Maine Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, and the Governor’s Energy Office are in the process of implementing 15% of the VW settlement (over $3 million) towards electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State. Installing travel corridors are first priority. While Maine itself does not have many electric vehicles, the tourism industry has seen steady revenue and increases in visitors over the last four years. These visitors are coming from Canadian Providences, other New England states, the mid-Atlantic, and from overseas. Those visitors driving to Maine are increasingly coming by electric vehicle, requiring Maine to meet increased charging infrastructure needs to continue tourism revenue and visitor growth. 

    Tesla Destination Charging - Host Sites Needed

    Tesla has partnered with ReVision Energy to install Tesla wall and pedestal level 2 chargers (minimum of four chargers per site) across New England. The selected hosts will receive a valuable charging amenity for little or no cost and cross-marketing from Tesla to attract customers. ReVision is looking for ideas for host locations, including but not limited to: large employers, retail outlets, sports venues, hotels, resorts, restaurants, golf courses, hospitals, large parking lots, recreation destinations, ski resorts, breweries, municipalities, and nonprofits. If you have an idea for a host site, or if your business is interested, please contact Barry Woods, Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation of ReVision Energy at (207) 494-4440. 

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:11 PM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Content provided by Cianbro

    Cianbro is one of the nation’s largest, most diverse, successful, 100-percent employee-owned (30th largest in the United States), open shop, construction and construction services companies. They are currently operating in five markets across more than 40 states and employ over 4,000 team members. Cianbro manages and self-performs work in five markets: Building; Oil, Gas & Chemical; Infrastructure; Power & Energy; and Industrial & Manufacturing.  

    The firm safely and efficiently plans, manages, and constructs many technically complex, historical, and environmentally sensitive projects for a wide variety of public and private clients. Cianbro’s total commitment to safety is enthusiastically supported by its team members, and the organization has been named the Healthiest and Safest Company in America by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Cianbro and its team members have been nationally recognized as the Contractor of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors of America, and has also received awards for Excellence in Construction, Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement, and Engineering Excellence. The firm was ranked 103rd on the list of the Top 400 Contractors in America in 2017, tabulated by Engineering News-Record (ENR) based on contracting revenue.

    Cianbro has a long history of completing projects that support energy and environmental sectors in Maine and around the nation. A segment of the company’s large workforce focuses on building and maintaining Maine’s bulk transmission, substations, and distribution for all major utilities in the region, in an environmentally stringent manner. Cianbro has completed projects in many of Maine’s hydropower generation facilities in order to improve operational efficiency and lessen environmental impacts, e.g. the construction of fish lifts and the rehabilitation of turbines and generators. The company is also the constructor for some of Maine’s most challenging wind and solar power projects; the most recent example being the completion and commissioning of the largest solar producing energy facility in Maine and within the jurisdiction of ISO New England. 

    The Pittsfield Solar Project consists of 40,300 solar panels erected on 57 acres of a 115-acre parcel owned by Cianbro off Route 2 in Pittsfield. The Pittsfield Solar Project has the capacity to send up to 9.9 megawatts of AC electricity to the grid, enough to supply 6,500 homes at peak generation. Cianbro submitted its application for the solar facility to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in the autumn of 2015 under the PUC’s Community Based Renewables Energy Program. Following the award, Cianbro crews broke ground for the facility at the beginning of August in 2017. The Pittsfield Solar Project went online, producing energy commercially, on December 23rd of 2017 – a rapid five-month completion. 

    Cianbro is an E2Tech Sustaining Steward and Chad Allen is a Member of the E2Tech Board of Directors. 

    To learn more about the E2Tech Sustaining Partner program, visit our membership page.


  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 4:17 PM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) closed the Lightning Round of the Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0 (MTAF 2.0) in December. MTI accepted applications in the form of a 10-slide pitch deck from October 2 through December 8, 2017. They received 183 proposals seeking a total of $381 million in funding. Maine voters approved $45 million in general fund bond dollars in June 2017 to fund the MTAF 2.0 program. 

    Companies from all parts of Maine, out-of-state, and out-of-country applied to the MTAF 2.0 program seeking individual funding requests between $18,000 to $45 million. These funds are to support R&D infrastructure, equipment, and technology investments in one or more of Maine’s seven technology sectors. 

    MTI awarded funding to Vets First Choice; C & L Aerospace Holdings, LLC; Good To-Go, LLC; Hyperlite Mountain Gear; and The Jackson Laboratory from the first Lightning Round application pool for a combined $24.4 million. A second Lightning Round will be announced by MTI to award the remaining $20.5 million. 


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