Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, exhibited, and presented! We had 32 speakers in 8 different panels and workshops, 44 sponsors and exhibitors, and over 300 attendees throughout the day.
If you were able to attend the Expo, please assist E2Tech in both developing a Maine Energy Roadmap and creating
a bigger and better Expo for 2017 by taking our FOLLOW-UP SURVEY. Your participation in greatly appreciated!
Video recordings from panels and workshops in Hannaford Hall are available here,
and speaker presentations are available in blue below.
The second annual E2TECH EXPO will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S. Department of Energy, Governor's Energy Office, and Maine's business and energy community will be developing 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 and environmental sectors.
E2Tech Expo 2016 will engage attendees to help develop a Maine Energy Roadmap that advances energy, environmental, and/or economic development goals.
7:15 a.m. Registration, coffee, networking, exhibitions
8:00 a.m. Welcome & E2Tech Annual Meeting
8:30 a.m. State of the Energy Sector- Post-Election 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. What's next for energy policies and programs in Maine?
11:15 a.m. Lunch with Dutch's, 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.
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 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. But how do we develop sound energy and transportation policy that not only looks at vehicles and infrastructure, but also senior citizens' mobility issues, land use and downtown access, rural transport, and fleet financing options?
Room 2: Competitive Market, Innovation, and Workforce Development
The growing demand for energy resources, 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. Also, capturing innovation and attracting investments through a coordinated entrepreneurial ecosystem is critical for startups and mature companies alike. Where are the growth industries in Maine? Where are the workers for these industries? How do we guide companies and universities from R&D to commercialization? And, how do we keep companies in Maine competitive?
4:00 p.m. Happy Hour: USM Cash Bar
Thank You To Our Sponsors!
"E2TECH TALKS' SPONSOR
THE EXPO WILL USE 100% CLEAN ENERGY
THANKS TO MAINE GREEN POWER
Featuring Lunch by Dutch's!
Show your support and be seen at the area's leading energy, environmental, and cleantech event of the year.
BE SEEN: Sponsorship provides unparalleled exposure for your business, non-profit or other organization. Your logo is prominently displayed on all event materials, hotlinked in emails to our 2500+ contacts, listed on the most highly visited sections of the E2Tech website, and featured at the event on Nov 17. Your company/organization is formally recognized at the podium to our expected audience of 250 of Maine's top energy and environmental private- and public sector leaders. High-level sponsors have the opportunity to speak from the podium and be featured in our media releases. Moreover, we also expect the event will draw a great deal of local and regional media attention.
GET CONNECTED: Sponsorship links your firm/organization with important business activity in the environmental and energy technology sector, and with relevant, high-profile, public policy issues leading to new business opportunities.
GAIN ACCESS: Sponsor-featured exhibits in the event's Expo hall during networking time allow direct contact with key players from a wide range of the sector's fields. Only sponsors ($500- $3,000) will get display tables in the Abromson lobby of Hannaford Hall, whereas the $250 "Expo Display Tables" will be featured on the second-floor mezzanine.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact E2Tech's
Executive Director, Jeff Marks, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 956-1970.
Last year's E2Tech Expo 2015 was a huge success! We had an impressive turnout and lots of positive feedback about our inaugural daylong summit on Maine's energy, environmental, and cleantech business sectors. With over 350 attendees, 9 panels with over 29 speakers, 2 keynotes speakers, 15 sponsor tables, and 20 company display tables, we are really looking forward to this year's event.
The agenda, photos, presentations, and video from last year's event are available on the E2Tech Expo 2015 page.