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

    • Thursday, November 17, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland

    NOVEMBER 17th

    Be Seen - Get Connected - Gain Access
    Click here for more information!

    If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact
    Jeff Marks, jeffmarks@e2tech.org or (207) 956-1970.

    The second annual E2TECH EXPO will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S. Department of Energy, Governor's Energy Office, electric utilities, energy and environmental companies, advocacy groups, and other top energy players are on tap to advise attendees on strategies for Maine's energy future. Don't miss out on valuable networking and the chance to learn more about the critical issues confronting the energy, environmental, and cleantech sectors. 

    E2Tech Expo 2016 will engage private, public, and non-profit stakeholders to develop a Maine Energy Roadmap that:

    1) Achieves energy and cost savings in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors;
    2) Reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; and
    3) Supports the growth of a robust state energy market and workforce.

    Speakers will be asked the same question: How would you advise the State of Maine in advancing its energy, environmental, and/or economic development goals?


    7:00 a.m. Registration, coffee, networking, exhibitions

    8:00 a.m. Welcome & E2Tech Annual Meeting

    8:30 a.m. State of the Energy Sector- National Perspective

    International and federal energy policies have an impact on Maine’s energy landscape. With the 2016 Election now behind us, how are global and national issues affecting resources, infrastructure, investments, policies, and markets across the energy sector?

    10:00 a.m. State of the Energy Sector- State Perspective

    Energy is the backbone of almost everything we do. Maine, in particular, has a unique energy profile with two-thirds of Maine’s electricity coming from renewable resources – including biomass, hydro, and wind – and limited access to natural gas. The Northeastern U.S. has some of the highest electricity rates in the country, while Maine has the lowest rates in New England. Maine is also one of the most oil-dependent states in the country for heating its homes, businesses, and factories and driving its cars, trucks, and boats. On the innovation side, Maine’s wind, water, and woods position the State for economic growth in the alternative energy sector.

    11:15 a.m. Lunch, Networking, Explore the Expo

    11:45 a.m. E2Tech Talks Focusing on Maine Innovation & Entrepreneurial Community

    You don’t want to miss out on our second annual E2Tech Talks! New startups and companies on the rise will present their innovative technologies tackling how we capture, use, and report our energy. Speakers will present in a TED Talk-style format, providing a quick 7-minute discussion on their experiences, innovations, technologies, and challenges. E2Tech works hard to help support startups and entrepreneurs and we are excited to provide them with the platform to celebrate their successes (and learn from their failures).

    12:45 p.m. Break to Explore Sponsor & Display Tables

    2 each from 1:00- 2:30 p.m. and 2:45- 4:00 p.m.

    1:00- 2:30 p.m. Workshops Round 1

    Room 1: Clean Energy Policy & Procurement- Regional v. Go-It-Alone Approach

    New England, as a region, is looking to move towards a clean energy future, while individual states have been developing and implementing their own policies for many years. Recently, a consortium of New England states and electric utilities joined together to identify projects to advance regional clean energy goals through a combination of large solar, wind, fuel cell and hydro generation and transmission projects. In August, a new stakeholder process got underway with the goal of making adjustments to the wholesale electricity market to accommodate and achieve the New England states' renewables and carbon reduction policy objectives. Can a regional approach to energy policy work, and how does a patchwork of state energy initiatives fit into regional plans?

    Room 2: Energy Emergency & Assurance- The Role of Oil & Gas

    New England has neither in-region refinery production nor any pipeline connections to refining centers outside the region. The region's largest markets, located along the Atlantic coast, are dependent on reliable port operations and a continuous supply of deliveries from both foreign and domestic sources. Disruptions resulting from hurricanes, severe winter storms, or extensive ice accumulation, pose the greatest threat to the continuity of the region's fuel logistics. There are no feasible alternatives to marine supply, and an extended disruption to the region's ports can lead to product shortages, particularly during the winter months when heating oil consumption is the highest. Given the ongoing legal action between the City of South Portland and the Portland Montreal Pipeline (and multiple natural gas proposals), a discussion on how petroleum and natural gas moves via pipelines, rail, truck, and maritime modes of transportation nationally and regionally and how Maine is affected by this system is warranted.

    2:45- 4:00 p.m. Workshops Round 2

    Room 1: Transportation Policy

    Maine is one of the most rural states in the nation, with almost two-thirds of its population living in rural areas. This, along with aging transportation infrastructure, creates a challenge for effective transportation throughout the State. The carbon cost and oil necessities of having to ship goods and services throughout Maine can be extremely high. But, alternative fuel sources like biodiesel and electric vehicles are helping to drive conversation towards viable solutions.

    Room 2: Competitive Market and Workforce Development

    The growing international demand for energy technologies, products, and services- as well as global efforts to combat climate change- provide opportunities for Maine’s knowledge, skills, and capabilities. Understanding how the Maine labor market is changing is an important component of effective public policy decisions and workforce training initiatives. As John Podesta et al. have observed, “The challenge we face is nothing short of the conversion of an economy sustained by high-carbon energy—putting both our national security and the health of our planet at serious risk—to one based on low-carbon, sustainable sources of energy. The scale of this undertaking is immense and its potential enormous.”

    4:00 p.m. Happy Hour: USM Cash Bar

    Speakers (so far!)

    • Senator Susan Collins- U.S. Senate
    • Dan Bosley - Government Relations Executive, Northeast Clean Energy Council
    • Tony Buxton- Partner, Preti Flaherty; Industrial Energy Consumers Group
    • Glenn Cummings- President, University of Southern Maine
    • Alan Dorr - Director of Procurement & Wholesale, Dead River Company
    • Tom Flaherty - Vice President Refined Products, Sprague Operating Resources
    • Brian Forshaw - Principal, Energy Market Advisors LLC, Vice Chair, NEPOOL
    • Darrell Henry - Partner, Gavel Resources Washington, DC
    • James Katsiaficas- Director, Perkins Thompson
    • Benjamin Lake - Coordinator, Maine Clean Communities (MC2), Greater Portland Council of Governments
    • David Markley & Nicholas Cabral- Co-Founders, Surge Hydro
    • John Rooks- Rapport
    • Richard Silkman - CEO, Competitive Energy Services
    • Jason Smith - Manager, Environmental Policy and External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
    • Aaron Svedlow - Director, Environmental Permitting, Ranger Solar
    • Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur- Director of Transportation, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
    • Tony Wood - CEO, F.E. Wood & Sons
    • Nadir Yildirim- President, Revolution Research
    • ...more to be announced shortly!

    Contact Jeff Marks at (207) 956-1970 or jeffmarks@e2tech.org for more information!

    Thank You To Our Sponsors! 


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Past events

Thursday, October 20, 2016 New England Electricity Outlook- Get Plugged In!
Monday, September 19, 2016 Election 2016: Energy, Environment, & the Economy
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 E2Tech Summer Networking Reception
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Sustainability in Maine's Tourism Industry- Spring Networking Reception & Forum
Thursday, May 19, 2016 She Blinded Me With Science! The Role of Science in Public Policy
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Endangered Species & Wildlife Protection- "Taking" Care of Business
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Cleantech Open 2016 Maine Kick-off and Networking Reception
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Don't Make a Scene, Man! Scenic Impacts of Development
Friday, March 11, 2016 New England Clean Energy Procurement – Maine Transmission Proposals
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Winter Waterfront Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Solar Energy in Maine- Where the Sun Does Shine!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Any Fin is Possible - Scaling Up Maine's Aquaculture Industry: E2Tech Forum & Holiday Reception
Thursday, November 19, 2015 E2Tech 2015 Annual Meeting & Forum: Risky Business: Floods, Fatalities, and Fear
Thursday, October 01, 2015 E2Tech Expo 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 "And" Then... Environmental & Energy Legislative Update 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015 State of the Environment – Maine DEP Commissioner & Bureau Chiefs
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Energy Storage: Saving for a (Renewable) Rainy Day
Friday, June 12, 2015 Wicked Cool Networking Mixer at Wicked Joe Coffee
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry + Biobased Maine
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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