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, October 19, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine


    The Future of Fossil Fuels in Maine-
    Heating & Transportation Policy and Strategies

    Home heating and transportation fuel consumption make Maine one of the most petroleum-dependent states in the nation, with the highest per capita petroleum consumption in New England. Maine has the highest CO2 emissions per capita in New England, with these emissions coming mainly from the heating and transportation sectors. What is the future for fossil fuels in the transportation and heating sectors, and how can policy and other strategies positively shape the future for Maine?

    7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast
    8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Transportation Panel
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Heating Panel

    Transportation Policy & Strategies

    Maine's largest end-use for energy is transportation, with the transportation sector consuming around 32% of Maine's energy. Maine has fewer alternative fuel vehicles per capita than other New England states, and very little infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles including electric, natural gas, and biofuels. The State is nearly 100% dependent on petroleum to fuel rail, truck, bus, aerospace, marine, and automobile transportation vehicles. This is often a disadvantage as gasoline and diesel fuel prices are extremely volatile due to global, national, and regional constraints. To add to the challenge, Maine is a rural state over a large area, necessitating widespread travel within a limited transportation infrastructure base.

    What are the biggest challenges facing Maine's transportation sector in terms of policy, technology, and infrastructure? What should Maine's primary strategy be in reducing oil consumption in this sector and what is the role of the State?

    Speakers Include:

    • Marc Cone - Director, Bureau of Air Quality, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
    • Kristina Egan - Executive Director, Greater Portland Council of Governments
    • Judy Gates - Director, Environmental Office, Maine Department of Transportation (moderator)
    • Jamie Py - President, Maine Energy Marketers Association
    • Barry Woods - Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation, ReVision Energy

    Heating Policy & Strategies

    Two-thirds of Maine households use fuel oil to heat their homes, a higher proportion than any other state in the nation. However, they are increasingly using alternatives such as wood pellets, natural gas, or heat pumps run by electricity to reduce costs when oil prices are high. The 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan identified "Heating" as a major area of focus and the Governor's Energy Office is looking at heating policy as a major issue in its work to develop a Maine Energy Roadmap. While oil prices have improved, a new heat pump program has exceeded expectations, and Efficiency Maine programs are tightening up Maine's housing and building stock, it is still an issue in need of a comprehensive, long-term policy strategy.

    What are the biggest challenges facing Maine's heating industry in terms of policy, technology, infrastructure, etc.? What should Maine's primary strategy be in reducing oil consumption in this sector and what is the role of the State?

    Speakers Include:

    • Kurt Adams - President & CEO, Summit Utilities, Inc.
    • Suzanne MacDonald - Community Energy Director, Island Institute
    • Les Otten - Founder & President, Maine Energy Systems
    • Jamie Py - President, Maine Energy Marketers Association
    • Alan Richardson - President, Emera Maine
    • Michael Stoddard - Executive Director, Efficiency Maine



    Silver Sponsors

    Greening Partner

    • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine, 04104

    NOVEMBER 16th

    The third annual E2TECH EXPO will be the premier business and innovation event of the year! Government Officials, funders, policymakers, energy and environmental companies, and other innovation "enablers" are on tap to advise attendees on strategies for Maine's economic and business development future!

    E2Tech Expo 2017 will engage private, public, and non-profit stakeholders to help both startups and mature companies access the resources they need to: 

    • Promote their products, services, and technologies; 
    • Accelerate growth;
    • Compete in national and global markets; and
    • Support a robust and innovative state environmental and energy market and workforce, and make Maine an innovation hub to start and grow a business.
    Don't miss out on valuable networking and the chance to learn more about the critical resources available to the energy, environmental, and cleantech sectors. 


    7:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast Networking
    8:00 a.m. Welcome and E2Tech Annual Meeting
    8:30 a.m. Keynote
    9:30 a.m. Plenary Panel
    11:00 a.m. Lunch Networking & Explore the Sponsor and Exhibitor Tables
    12:00 p.m. E2Tech Talks Focusing on Maine Innovation & Entrepreneurial Community
    1:30 - 2:45 Workshops #1
    3:00 - 4:15 Workshops #2
    4:30 - 6:30 Happy Hour!

    Speakers Include:
    • Lynn Abramson - Executive Director, Clean Energy Business Network
    • Pat Coughlin - Principal, St.Germain Collins
    • Dr. Habib Dagher - Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center
    • Bob Garver - Owner, Wicked Joe Coffee
    • Rep. Martin Grohman - Maine House of Representatives
    • Susan MacKay - CEO, Cerahelix
    • Congresswoman Chellie Pingree - 1st District of Maine (video)
    • Jared Pinkham - COO, Grojo
    • Catherine Renault - Principal, Innovation Policyworks
    • Peter Rothstein - President, Northeast Clean Energy Council
    • Sandra Stone - Chair Emeritus, Maine Angels
    • Tux Turkel - Reporter, Portland Press Herald
    • Brian Whitney - President, Maine Technology Institute (MTI)

    Call For Sponsors & Exhibitors!
    Show your support and be seen at the area's leading
    business and innovation event of the year.
    CLICK HERE to learn more about sponsorship & exhibitor opportunities,
    and contact Jeff Marks, jeffmarks@e2tech.org if you are interested.

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

    Demonstration Sponsors

    R&D Sponsor



    Greening Partner

Past events

Thursday, October 05, 2017 Full Moon Fall Harvest Networking Reception w/ MESAS
Thursday, September 07, 2017 Regional and State Energy Policy Update
Friday, July 21, 2017 Workshop: Standards for Assessing Energy Policy
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Electrical Grid Futures- Innovation in the Electricity Sector
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 E2Tech Summer 2017 Networking Reception
Friday, June 09, 2017 Everyone Knows It's Windy! The State of Wind Energy
Monday, May 08, 2017 Energy Storage & Microgrids- Innovation in the Electricity Sector
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Spring Networking Reception with Cleantech Open Northeast
Friday, March 24, 2017 The New Forest Economy- Biobased Power, Products, & Fuels
Friday, March 03, 2017 Playing Matchmaker- Aligning Energy Challenges with Compatible Policies
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Maine DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer & Senior Management Team
Thursday, December 08, 2016 Wake Up! A Convenient Forum on Climate Change & RGGI
Thursday, November 17, 2016 E2Tech Expo 2016
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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