E2Tech Forums & Events

E2Tech provides a monthly forum series (Sept-June) that seeks to provide timely information about Maine's clean technology sector. E2Tech also hosts periodic networking events to foster business-to-business opportunities within Maine's clean tech economy. Additionally, preceding each forum, a 45 minute block of time is reserved for networking. We hope you can join us. 

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    • 7:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland

    Please join us for this special two-panel event: 

    • Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry
    • Biobased Maine for a Material World

    7:15 - 8:00 am: Networking breakfast
    8:00 - 9:30 am: The Future of the Forestry Industry Panel
    9:30 - 10:00 am: Networking break
    10:00 - 11:30 am: Biobased Maine Panel

    Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry

    Maine’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sector is intricately linked to Maine’s forestry industry. When compared to the other technology-based sectors in the State, the 12,212 direct jobs in the clean technology sector rank second only to forest products and agriculture with 38,043 jobs. On energy, woody biomass is used for the generation of electricity and heat. On the environment, states and localities are managing impacts from climate change, including changing forestry yields and spruce budworm infestation. On the economy, the total economic impact of the sector is about $8 billion! (Maine Forest Products Council) The environmental, energy, and economic impacts of this sector are immense!

    Following up on E2Tech’s 2014 forum on reinventing Maine’s pulp, paper, and forest products industry, E2Tech welcomes Maine’s forestry leaders and their prognosis on a future of sustainable forestry opportunities and challenges like spruce budworm and competition for the wood basket supply.

    • David Struble, State of Maine Entomologist, Maine Forest Service
    • Kenneth M. Laustsen, State of Maine Biometrician, Maine Forest Service
    • Donna Cassese, Director, Wood Resource Strategy, Sappi North America
    • Patrick Strauch, Executive Director, Maine Forest Products Council

    Biobased Maine for a Material World

    E2Tech is pleased to host Biobased Maine for a special forum with a business alliance that promotes the sustainable use of renewable biomass from forests, farms, and sea to manufacture the next generation of biobased chemicals, materials, and fuels. Global demand for biobased products is growing and Maine has the potential to supply products through its abundant biomass (trees), dedicated workforce, world-class research and development capabilities, and existing industrial infrastructure. Come learn about some of these innovative companies and their biobased manufacturing in Maine.
    • Grow-Tech – James Chittum, Director of Business Development: Grow-Tech makes advanced growth media for greenhouse and other horticultural applications using a variety of biobased materials, including polylactic acid (PLA), which is made from corn starch.
    • Cerealus – Tony Jabar, Founder & CEO: Bio-based polymers and other products that are used in the pulp and paper industry to improve performance and cut costs.
    • University of Maine Process Development Center – Michael Bilodeau, Director: Exciting applications for nano cellulose, which is a very hot topic these days and a specific area of focus for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    • Colgate-Palmolive – Mark Dobrovolny, Director, Strategic Supplier Innovation Alliances: Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural care company that sells high-quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap, and body wash products and uses sustainable packaging throughout its product line.

    Thank you to our Partner

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    • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    • TBD
    The case for increased renewable generation may rest on growth in the distributed and grid-scale energy storage markets and solutions to the intermittency of wind and solar – what happens when the “sun don’t shine” and the “wind don’t blow?” On-site batteries and power control systems, emerging technologies, cost trends, and the rise of a robust electric vehicle and infrastructure market will impact how Maine developers, utilities, and customers develop and operate storage systems for variable generation.

    This forum will examine:
    • On-site storage – Popular technologies, emerging technologies, and cost trends.
    • Vehicles – What does a statewide recharging system look like? What will it cost? How do we make it happen?
    • Grid storage – How is the region developing storage systems for variable generation? How do we make it happen in Maine?
    • Thursday, July 09, 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Maple Hill Farm Conference Center, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine
    E2Tech is inviting Maine’s Air, Land, Water, and Waste leaders from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to give us the “State of the Environment” in Maine.What are the trends in environmental quality?

    What regulatory actions are making a difference and what’s new on the horizon? What are emerging contaminants and issues of concern?

    We are also interested in how the DEP assists businesses through the state regulatory maze and how E2Tech can help promote jobs and businesses in the environmental services sector.

    • Patricia Aho, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection (Introductory Remarks)
    • Mark Cone, Director, Bureau of Air Quality
    • Michael Kuhns, Director, Bureau of Land & Water Quality
    • Melanie Loyzim, Director, Bureau of Remediation & Waste Management

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Past events

Thursday, April 30, 2015 "Current" Events in Stormwater
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Renewable Energy Incentives: Investment or Entitlement?
Monday, March 16, 2015 Cleantech Open 2015 launches in Maine
Thursday, February 26, 2015 Hydropower: A Dam Good Forum
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Portland Greendrinks
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Free Webinar: Opportunities in Mexico for Maine Environmental and Energy Companies
Friday, January 23, 2015 Worker Training & Internship Briefing
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Maine's Energy Policy 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Holiday Networking Event
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Ocean Acidification Forum
Friday, December 12, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, November 20, 2014 E2Tech Annual Meeting - Extreme Makeover: Environmental Remediation Edition
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Organics & Residuals Separation and Processing in the Solid Waste Stream
Friday, September 12, 2014 Heat of the Moment: Plans from State Officials, Energy Companies, and Maine's Next Governor
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Energy, Cleantech, & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Summer Networking Event at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Thursday, June 26, 2014 The Solid Waste Hierarchy: Waste-to-Energy & the Brighter Side of Landfills
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Navigating the Northeastern Cleantech Cluster Through Wind, Water & Woods
Thursday, June 05, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Energy, Environmental & Economic Policy in an Election Year
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Take a Load Off: Distributed Generation and Microgrids
Monday, March 24, 2014 Cleantech Open Northeast: Maine Info Session & Networking
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Regional Electric Grid & Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Reinventing Maine's Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Industries
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Maine's Offshore Wind Project Update
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Brunswick Landing- Accelerating an Innovative & Renewable Future
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Modernization of Maine's Mining Rules & Development
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Maine's Petroleum Market-Economics, Technology & Transportation
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Cleantech Open Northeast
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine's Plants to Products Forum
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Maine's Environmental Policy Update
Friday, September 13, 2013 Perfect Pitch-Accelerating Success Workshop
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Maine's New Energy Policy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Sustainable Food Production in Maine: A Four-Course Primer
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 The Maine Drain: Stormwater Management Strategies and Solutions
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Climate Change Adaptation: The Maine Response to Planning, Economic, & Engineering Challenges
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Building & Growing the Clean Tech Sector
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 17, 2013 The Friendly Shark Tank: Financial Resources for Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Thursday, December 13, 2012 In the Loop - Geothermal Energy in Maine's Homes & Businesses
Thursday, November 15, 2012 E2Tech Annual Meeting: Celebrating Member Success Stories
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles: Reducing Maine's Oil Dependence
Thursday, September 20, 2012 10th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, September 13, 2012 U.S. Senate Candidate Debate
Thursday, June 21, 2012 June 21st Forum - Tidal Energy & Maine’s International Growth Opportunity
Thursday, June 07, 2012 E2Tech Networking Evening
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 21st Century Maine: Warmer, Wetter, Wilder
Thursday, May 17, 2012 May 17th Forum - Sustainable Buildings & Site Development Trends in Maine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 April 10th Forum - UMAINE: Clean Tech Innovation Partner
Thursday, March 29, 2012 March 29th Networking Evening
Thursday, March 15, 2012 March 15th Forum - 2012 ME Environmental & Energy Policy (Augusta)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Feb 16th Forum - E2Tech Myth Busters
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Clean Tech Collaborative
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Jan 19th Forum - Financing Maine's Clean Tech Sector
Thursday, December 15, 2011 Dec 15th Forum - Efficiency Maine: A Track Record of Success & the Road Ahead
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Nov 15th - Building Maine's Clean Tech Corridor
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Nov 3rd Event - Explore Brunswick's Future Renewable Energy Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Oct 26th Forum - Maine's Evolving Wind Energy Resource
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Oct 20th Forum - Restoring Urban Impaired Streams in Maine
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