While many politicians want to bring environmental and energy policy back to the Stone Age - or more specifically, the Coal Age - there is a case to be made for a new "Energy Innovation Policy" to encourage products and services to combat climate change, air and water pollution, and other environmental challenges. For example, alternative energy is an emerging sector of the Maine economy, made up of firms and organizations engaged in activities ranging from renewable energy production and generation to technology system distribution and installation to weatherization and efficient building construction and retrofits.
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. Steve McGrath, Governor LePage’s new Energy Director; Maine State Representative Martin Grohman; NECEC President Peter Rothstein; Innovation Policyworks CEO Cathy Renault; and Portland Press Herald Energy Reporter Tux Turkel will discuss how we make this case to Maine's legislators and administrators to use public policy to grow R&D capacity, increase human capital, advance new technologies, open up new markets, and encourage enterprises to build on Maine's unique competitive assets.
Please visit http://www.e2tech.org/Expo2017 for registration, sponsorship, and agenda information.