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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:15 AM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Portland, Maine, is no Silicon Valley, and it’s not trying to be. But the northern New England city has a burgeoning technology scene that’s hard to ignore.

    “The startup ecosystem in this city rivals any one in the world,” says Christopher Hall, chief executive officer of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Read this full article, from Nerdwallet.com, written by Teddy Nykiel here!


  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 11:10 AM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)
    The success of increased renewable energy generation may rest on growth in the distributed and grid-scale energy storage markets. The intermittency of wind and solar power begs the question, "what happens when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow?” Emerging battery and power control technologies, cost trends, and the rise of the electric vehicle market will impact how Maine developers, utilities, and customers will use storage systems for variable power generation.

    Read the full article about our June 18th fourm, by Kay Mann, on Energy Storage.


  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:21 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    E2Tech is proud to be a referral partner of Maine Green Power
    Learn how you can support local renewable energy right on your electribill here: Maine Green Power.

    Already know you want to enroll? Enroll here!


  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:22 AM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Speaker Presentations from this forum are available here:

    • Johannes Rittershausen, Managing Director, Convergent Energy + Power – A partner in New England’s first utility-scale electricity storage system
    • Geoff Sparrow, Director of Engineering, ReVision Energy – On-site distributed generation energy storage systems


  • Friday, June 05, 2015 2:38 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Maine climbed seven spots in an annual clean energy ranking of U.S. states, boosted by a new look at ranking state renewable energy policies.

    Maine ranked 22nd in the latest scoring from clean energy sector consultancy CleanEdge, which ranked California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado and New York at the top of its 2015 list of states that have and encourage development of clean technology companies and renewable energy. Maine ranked 29th in the 2014 ranking.

    Read the full Bangor Daily News article here.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:10 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (June 2, 2015) – Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, has again earned top ratings from Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the nation’s top law firms and leading business lawyers.

    The firm received the highest possible ranking in three categories: Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy and Natural Resources, and Real Estate.

    In addition to the firm rankings, 28 of the firm’s attorneys were individually recognized and 12 ranked at the top of their areas of practice. For the ninth consecutive year, Robert J. Keach received the highest ranking of “Star Individual” for his work in bankruptcy; Steven Gerlach, member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, was named “Associate to Watch”; Charles E. Miller, member of the Real Estate Practice Group, was named “Senior Statesman” and Hawley Strait, also a member of Real Estate, was named “Up and Coming” attorney.

    “We are proud of the many Bernstein Shur lawyers recognized for excellence in multiple practice areas,” said CEO Pat Scully. “Our Chambers USArankings demonstrate our clients’ appreciation of the innovative, practical and results-oriented approach our lawyers bring to client service.”

    The Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the 2015 Chambers USA directory are:

    Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Bankruptcy (Maine)
    D. Sam Anderson (Yarmouth, Maine)
    Robert J. Keach (Falmouth, Maine)

    Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (Maine)

    John L. Carpenter (North Yarmouth, Maine)
    Scot E. Draeger (Falmouth, Maine)
    Anthony E. Perkins (Gorham, Maine)
    Eric F. Saunders (Cumberland, Maine)

    Energy and Natural Resources (Maine)

    James N. Broder (Cumberland Foreside, Maine)
    Gordon F. Grimes (Durham, Maine)
    Patrick J. Scully (Portland, Maine)

    Environment (Maine)

    Katherine A. Joyce (Scarborough, Maine)

    Labor and Employment (Maine)
    Steven Gerlach (North Yarmouth, Maine)
    Glenn Israel (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
    Linda D. McGill (Freeport, Maine)
    Patricia A. Peard (Falmouth, Maine)

    Labor and Employment (New Hampshire)
    Emily Gray Rice (Concord, New Hampshire)
    Edward (Terry) Shumaker III (Concord, New Hampshire)

    Litigation: General Commercial (Maine)
    Paul McDonald (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

    Litigation: General Commercial (New Hampshire)

    Emily Gray Rice (Concord, New Hampshire)
    Andru H. Volinsky (Concord, New Hampshire)

    Real Estate (Maine)

    Tom S. Hanson (Cumberland, Maine)
    Charles E. Miller (Portland, Maine)
    Richard D. Prentice (Yarmouth, Maine)
    Jaimie Paul Schwartz (South Portland, Maine)
    Nathan H. Smith (Portland, Maine)
    Hawley R. Strait (Yarmouth, Maine)
    Peter Van Hemel (Kennebunk, Maine)
    William M. Welch (Falmouth, Maine)

    Real Estate: Timberland/Conservation (Maine)
    Eliza M. Cope Nolan (Portland, Maine)

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:47 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    This summer the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions will be holding five regional meetings for solid waste to dive deeper into achievable actions, regional needs, goals, and opportunities. The dates and locations for these meetings are:

    • Northern Maine: May 19th (towns that use Tri-Community Landfill in Caribou, Presque Isle Landfill, or export to New Brunswick)
    • Western Maine: June 2nd (towns that use Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock or export to New Hampshire)
    • Central Maine (Auburn/Augusta/Bath/Brunswick): June 11th (towns that use facilities in the four communities listed prior or export to New Hampshire)
    • Bangor area : Between June 15th and June 30th (towns that use Penobscot Energy Recovery Company in Orrington, Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, members of the Municipal Review Committee, or export to New Brunswick)
    • Southern Maine: Between July 6th and July 15th (ecomaine towns, former Maine Energy Recovery Company towns, or export to New Hampshire)

    Goals for regional meetings – Identifying and prioritizing ‘achievable actions’
    • Defining local and regional challenges and opportunities needs and realities
    • Define the  “challenges” and “opportunities”
    • Municipal uniform hauler contracts/permitting and data reporting
    • Identification of potential consolidation of waste and recycling collection and diversion facilities
    • Future disposal option planning
    • Coordination of future planning for diversion
    • Discussions of possible programs and initiatives to consider for future implementation
    • Developing regional goals
    • Outlets for materials (local markets and hubs)
    • Including more individuals into the discussions
    For more information, contact Travis Blackmer at (207) 581-3339 or Travis_Blackmer@umit.maine.edu.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:26 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Maine’s economy and quality of life has been based, for generations, on its natural resources—our forests, fisheries, farmlands, rivers, lakes, mountain areas, beaches, wetlands and wildlife. Some laws protect these resources—but not from the multiplying harms caused by climate changes. This lecture will provide an overview of the sources, impacts, challenges, and opportunities of climate change, especially for Maine. We will also discuss why are we talking about “climate change” (versus other terms), and why it seems so difficult to address and control.

    Jeffrey Thaler is Visiting Professor of Energy Policy, Law and Ethics at the University of Maine and Maine School of Law. He also is Assistant University Counsel for environmental, energy, and sustainability projects. He has been an energy and environmental attorney in Maine for over 30 years, and has developed and taught courses on renewable energy and climate change law, and energy economics. Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Williams College, and from Yale Law School.   (Richard Barringer was originally scheduled to give the first lecture but had to withdraw because of family illness.)

    At the Morrell Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.,  June 3, 10, 24, & July 1. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored  by Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, Brunswick. More information available here.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:31 PM | Jeff Marks (Administrator)

    Efficiency Maine Large Customer Program (deadline is June 30): Focuses on electrical and greenhouse gas savings. Funding levels range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $2 million per facility or up to 50% of the total project costs. Typical customers of the program include hospitals, manufacturers, commercial bakeries, food processors, office complexes, and data centers. Interested? Learn more here!

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