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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 2:24 PM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    Last week Maine's Land Use Planning Commission has rejected a proposal for mining on Pickett Mountain in northern Penobscot County, near Katahdin.

    At the other end of the state, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is deleting the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery from the National Priorities List (NPL), commonly referred to as Superfund. Many millions were contracted to E2Tech members since the listing in 1994. 

    In Down-east Maine, Acadia National Park's new $32.6 million maintenance facility will include rooftop solar panels and charging stations of 12 electrical vehicles.

    Governor Mills announced Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants to upgrade electric grids for local firms, including Maine Plywood USA and Tanbark Molded Fiber Products, which together received over $2M.

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriation Committee, announced that three Maine airports will receive a total of $18,024,800 to make critical infrastructure improvements. A portion of this is likely to go to E2Tech members. 

    Some E2Tech members build, upgrade, or operate commercial real estate or manage things like indoor air quality. The Boulos Company reported that office space vacancy increased slightly to 7%, while The Dunham Group reported that vacancy rate for industrial space in the Greater Portland Area was ~1%.

    The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and Maine Rural Development Authority each approved $500K loans to TimberHP, a manufacturer of wood fiber-based insulation products located at the former Madison paper mill. This wil allow the firm to add a second and third production like and create and retain approximately 114 jobs in Somerset County.

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024 10:51 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    2023 was the third year of our five-year Strategic Plan and our 21st Year of providing services to the businesses and people of Maine. 

    Here's a brief look at 2023.

    Our organization remains very active in advancing economic growth and opportunities for the green economy in Maine: those working in fields such as environment, energy, cleantech, sustainability, and climate adaptation.

    * We hosted/convened 24 events, mostly in Southern Maine

    * Reporters from PPH, BDN, MainePublic, Maine Monitor, Channel 8, and others came to our events

    * Externally funded research and initiatives rose slightly

    * Income and expenses in 2023 remained steady as compared to 2022

    * We helped launch ReMaine, an internship/career exploration program for young Mainers

    * We did weekly surveys on the price of carbon-based fuels

    * We hired a new Exec Director and a new CleanTech Program and Policy Manager

    * We reappointed 5 members of our board for another three-year term

    * And much more. .....

    Thank you for your support of E2Tech and Maine's green economy.


  • Thursday, February 08, 2024 11:06 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    Visit E2Tech's Job Board to learn about and apply for new open positions at the Governor's Energy Office, the Roux Institute, Efficiency Maine and GMRI.

    Competitive Energy Services, an E2Tech member since 2013, celebrates the promotion of three team members, Andrew Price to President & CEO; Matthew Gamache to Chief Operating Officer; and Eben Perkins to Chief Strategy Officer.

    Join AVCOG, in-person or on Zoom, on Tuesday, February 13th from 10:30-1:30 to discuss household hazardous waste (HHW) & waste diversion tactics and programs. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP and email Zach Gosselin with any questions.

    E2Tech is proud to sponsor the 2024 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference in Augusta on March 28. Convened by UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, register here to learn about PFAS in aquatic environments, healing Maine’s rivers and marshes, wildfires in Maine and balancing land-use protection with renewable energy development.

    The City of Biddeford is seeking qualified firms to provide consulting engineering services related to the disaster declaration process with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The firm will recommend, design, and seek permits for repairs to city infrastructure that sustained storm damage in January 2024. The RFQ is due Feb. 13.

    The next round of GEO’s Community Action Grants (up to $50,000) will fund projects that reduce energy use and costs, transition to clean energy, and community resilience. This round (due March 29) is open to enrolled communities that have not yet received a CAG award, and the next fall 2024 solicitation will open to all enrolled communities. View the Program Statement and Application Form.

    Mitchell Center's sustainability webinar on 2/12 at 3 pm is with Gary Fearon, Director of Housing for the Penobscot Nation, who will discuss the Tribe's efforts to make their community more energy resilient and reduce their carbon footprint on their traditional homelands.

  • Monday, January 15, 2024 11:35 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    The Central Maine Growth Council and Dirigo Labs is offering $10-20K for an Entrepreneur in Residence to advise and mentor CleanTech firms in that part of the state in 2024. Applications due January 26, 2023.

    Join the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Manufacturers Association of Maine on Jan 24 for a tour of LL Bean's facility in Brunswick.

    Three E2Tech partners were specifically mentioned in the Boston Globe's story about the Electric Grid and legislative developments in Massachusetts: the Acadia Center, Northeast Clean Energy Council, and the US Energy Information Administration.

    Construction of a 175 MW battery storage project is set to bring this spring in Gorham ME. The $100M project is headed by Power Plus and is integral to the energy transition which relies on solar and wind in Maine.

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2024 10:09 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    Join E2Tech and others at Startup Maine's evening of networking on Jan 25 from 5-7 pm. Learn about business opportunities with Canada at the Portland Art Gallery.

    The Maine Climate Council's Energy Working Group is responsible for developing, evaluating, and recommending strategies for the MCC to consider in the update of Maine Won't Wait, join one of their upcoming meetings.

    Join GEO, Efficiency Maine, and MaineHousing on Jan 23 for their public meeting on Maine's draft plan for deploying $70M+ for home energy efficiency and electrification rebate

    The Green Economy: For the second year in a row, global banks earned more money underwriting bonds and loans for green projects than they earned from financial oil, gas, and coal activities.

    AVGOC's Household Hazardous Waste program collected materials at 12 sites last year. The largest waste day in history was in Bethel and brought in 12,440 pounds over a 3-hour period! The 2024 events are set to start in May.


  • Wednesday, January 03, 2024 2:46 PM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    Apex Clean Energy is constructing a project of 30 wind turbines in Washington County which will power 37,000 homes / year. The $240M project will provide 300 jobs and generate $85M in local spending.

    Join SCORE for one of their eight upcoming webinars in January. Learn about financial planning, how to use AI, and much more! (Free)

    Register to join the Roux Institute for their Smart Summit on Jan 26-27 at the Portland Museum of Art and Bowdoin College. Our Director, Eric Howard, will be a panelist on Friday.  ($10 for Fri, $25 for Fri & Sat, Free for Sat reception).

    Register to join Propel for their Ignition Awards on Jan 18 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Taking place at DiMillo's on the Water, the evening will recognize young professionals making an impact in the community. ($25)

    Nominations are open for The MaineBiz Business Leader of the Year Award. Fill out the form to elect your favorite E2 member!

    Drop Off your used Christmas tree and help the environment at Popham Beach. Officials are looking for 350 trees to restore sand dunes damaged in the recent storm - replicating last year's effort at Willard Beach in So. Portland.

  • Wednesday, December 27, 2023 10:53 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    The Maine Legislature begins their second half of their two year term next week. Seeking updates on recent and current legislative action?  Try fastdemocracy.com for updates on 154 transportation bills, 96 S&T bills, 42 environment bills, and 106 energy bills.

    Nominate your favorite E2 Technologies, and in 2024 we'll celebrate and recognize those which are particularly exciting!

    Register to join the Roux Institute for their Smart Summit from January 26th-27th at the Portland Museum of Art and Bowdoin College. Our Director, Eric Howard, will be a panelist in the first session on Friday.

    Bowdoin College has sold Maine renewable energy credits in exchange for Midwestern based credits to invest in carbon reduction projects, as advised by CES. This funded two EVs and twelve new EV chargers on campus.

    Maine leads the country in recycling performance with a rate of 67% for a range of materials, resulting in $262 million in economic benefits. We could even be better: Eunomia Research & Consulting and Ball Corp. Report.

    A $2.8 Billion initiative to boost renewable energy in Maine and New England seems to have died. Aroostook County clean power project needed a transmission line, and while the Legislature and Gov. Janet Mills signed off on the line and associated wind farm project this summer, others did not.

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2023 9:35 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    Nominate your favorite E2 Technologies, and in 2024 we'll celebrate and recognize those which are particularly exciting!

    The US DOT has awarded $27M to improve Route 1 from Madawaska to Fort Kent and funds for upgrading roadway shoulders to improve bicyclist safety. A separate $27.5M award went to Amtrack for upgrades the track between Brunswick and Massachusetts.

    The UMaine Portland Gateway has launched the Early Years and Sustainable Development Research Initiative headed by Adrian Cerezo. The initiative will offer a global hub for scholarship and transdisciplinary research. 

    The Lincolnville-Islesboro Ferry Terminal has been awarded $7.1M for upgrades from the Federal Ferry Service for Rural Communities Grant program. Upgrades include infrastructure for a new plug-in hybrid ferry.

    Register for the Roux Institute's Start Summit on Decarbonizing the Built Environment. Fri Jan. 26th will be in Portland and Sat Jan. 27th in Brunswick.

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2023 1:26 PM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    E2Tech is seeking input from members in offshore wind or renewables who have participated in the Domestic Trade Enhancement Program, administered by MITC. If your firm has secured $10-15K from this program, please send a note to eric@e2tech.org.

    The Maine Climate Council released its third annual report on Dec 1st regarding the Maine Won't Wait plan. The 39 member Council released this progress report and updated online dashboard during its regular meeting in Augusta.

    The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced new standard offer supply rates for electricity customers of CMP and Versant. Starting in January, customers can expect average savings of $18-32 on their electric bill.

    The Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District has been awarded $4.25M of federal grant funding and a $5M loan to help with increased cost of equipment and materials for necessary upgrades.

    The Isle au Haut community is hiring an Electric Power Company General Manager. Learn more about the position and apply on our job board here!

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2023 9:41 AM | Jacqui Baker (Administrator)

    Join the Portland Regional Chamber on Dec 13th from 7 - 9 pm at USM. The panel event will be moderated by Alan Caron, founder of Climate Work Maine, about business' role in leading the solutions to climate change.

    The University of Maine has sent a delegation of 8 professors and students to COP28 in Dubai to learn about climate governance and conduct research. Learn about their experiences so far on their blog posts.

    Attend the ME Career Fair on Dec. 7th from 3-5 pm at the Clarion Hotel in Portland ME. Register for free to meet with recruiters in person about possible career opportunities.

    Join the Falmouth Land Trust for a guided walk at the River Point Conservation Area. A Master Naturalist will lead the tour on Dec. 10th from 2 - 3:15 pm.
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