• Monday, September 18, 2017 1:21 PM | Anonymous


    Thursday, November 16 from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM at University of Southern Maine-Portland

    The third annual E2TECH EXPO will be the premier environmental and energy event of the year! Federal and state agencies, 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 established companies access the resources they need to:

    1) Promote their products, services, and technologies;
    2) Accelerate their growth;
    3) Compete in national and global markets; and
    4) 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. More information will be posted at http://www.e2tech.org/. For information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Jeff Marks at jeffmarks@e2tech.org. 


  • Monday, September 18, 2017 1:20 PM | Anonymous



    Modern Grid Partners is a utility consulting firm that provides business and technology expertise to their customers’ operations, projects, and future grid goals. As a small and focused consulting firm, Modern Grid Partners is a nimble team of utility experts dedicated to successful implementation of Smart Grid technology. Modern Grid Partners was founded in 2015 with the goal of becoming a trusted advisor to their utility partners, with its corporate office located in Portland, Maine. Modern Grid Partners has steadily grown since inception and holds multiple contracts with utilities in the United States and Canada. 

     Modern Grid Partners has supported forward thinking utilities across North America with the successful planning and deployment of Smart Grid and Water related systems and technologies. Based on their team’s expansive experiences, they know the people, processes, and technologies required for successful advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) implementation. This includes a deep understanding of the equipment life cycle, operating costs, operational savings, revenue cash flow impacts, and return on investments.

     Modern Grid Partners is passionate about helping their utility clients and the industry embrace emerging technologies, drive value in renewables integration, and optimize the delivery of AMI solutions. Each of their consultants has more than fifteen years of direct utility expertise. As a trusted advisor and utility partner, they work with their clients to evaluate both the technical and organizational performance of new technologies, processes, and project implementations. Modern Grid Partners is proud of their depth of talent, deep domain utility knowledge, and breadth of experience to lead and integrate AMI from start to finish.

    Modern Grid Partners becomes part of the planning and deployment teams. They work together to deliver results through business case development, infrastructure strategy and design, CIS integration, RFP development, and vendor evaluations. 

    The alignment of business and technology expertise to support a utilities operation, projects, and future goals is a challenge all electric companies face in 2017. By bringing together engineers, business consultants, and project managers, all with smart grid expertise, a more reliable grid can be achieved. Choosing Modern Grid Partners means choosing global expertise, localized knowledge, and a resume full of success with AMI, Telecom, GIS, CIS, OMS, SCADA, and other emerging smart grid solutions. From early stage planning to project closeout, Modern Grid Partners can help align the strategic vision to drive new levels of connectivity and IT/OT convergence that the future grid will be based upon.

    Modern Grid Partners became a founding E2Tech Sustaining Leader in 2017.

    Learn more about our Sustaining Partner Program!


  • Monday, September 18, 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous


    MTI is holding free TechStart and Seed Grant workshops in early October. These grants are for entrepreneurs and companies who are developing innovative products, processes, or services.  The TechStart Grants (up to $5,000) can be used to conduct market research, develop a business plan, and file for patent protections. The Seed Grants (up to $25,000) can be used to develop a prototype, demonstrate proof of concept, and conduct field trials.  For more information and to register for this free event, visit http://www.mainetechnology.org/workshops.

    Portland Workshop

    Wednesday, October 4 12:00-2:00 PM

    Bangor Workshop

    Thursday, October 5 12:00-2:00 PM

    Webinar

    Wednesday, October 11 2:00-3:30 PM


  • Monday, September 18, 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous


    On June 13, 2017, a general fund bond issue for investments in research, development, and commercialization was approved by voters in a statewide vote. That bond included $45,000,000 to be distributed by the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) “in the form of grants to support infrastructure, equipment, and technology upgrades in the following targeted technology sectors: biotechnology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, information technology, and precision manufacturing technology” (Maine Office of the Secretary of State).

    MTI plans to distribute about half of the bond funds through a series of Lightning Rounds before the end of 2017. Interested applicants must meet all program requirements, including being a Maine organization; providing at least a 1:1 cost share for the project; using the funds for infrastructure (capital construction, improvements, or equipment costs); be associated with research, development, and commercialization innovation; and be within or intersect with one or more of Maine’s seven technology sectors. The application involves registering proposals on MTI’s online portal and submitting a 10-slide project pitch deck. Slide decks will be accepted after October 2, 2017 and will be considered monthly through December 8, 2017.

    For more information on MTI’s Technology Asset Fund program requirements visit: https://www.mainetechnology.org/program/maine-technology-asset-fund-2-0/


  • Monday, August 21, 2017 10:00 AM | Melissa Winne


    Maine's first year of a two-year 128th Legislative Session closed in August with a brief government shutdown, dozens of Gubernatorial vetoes, and a slate of energy and environmental bills passed, carried over, or dead!

    The fate of solar "net energy billing" was decided amongst a cluster of constitutional, political, and parliamentary maneuvers. Mining regulations survived after years of dueling advocacy campaigns thrust the issue to the top of environmental and business legislative agendas. Small wins for recycling, clean water, and renewable portfolio standards occurred alongside defeats of bills pertaining to on- and offshore wind projects, building code standards, and plastic bag moratoriums. Biomass, microgrids, large-scale hydro, and arsenic testing live to fight another day in the 2nd half of the legislative session in 2018. 

    The following list highlights the status of a representative list of energy and environmental bills. For more information about bills' status, contact Jeff Marks at jeffmarks@e2tech.org.

    Bills that passed:

    • LD56 "An Act to Include Milliliter and Smaller Liquor Bottles in the Laws Governing Returnable Containers"
    • LD 454 "An Act to Ensure Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families"
    • LD 803 "An Act to Improve Transparency in the Electricity Supply Market"
    • LD 820 "An Act to Protect Maine's Clean Water and Taxpayers from Mining Pollution"
    • LD 1061 "An Act to Increase Investment and Regulatory Stability in the Electric Industry"
    • LD 1151 "An Act to Allow Promotional Allowances by Public Utilities"
    • LD 1313 "An Act to Establish Energy Policy In Maine"
    Bills that died:
    • LD 57 "An Act to Phase Out the Use of Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags" (veto not overridden)
    • LD 529 "An Act to Ensure Resiliency of the Maine Electrical Grid" (veto not overridden)
    • LD 901 "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places (veto not overridden)
    • LD 1062 "An Act to Expand the Availability of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Maine" (veto not overridden)
    • LD 1262 "An Act to Protect Monhegan Island by Limiting Wind Turbines (unanimous "Ought Not to Pass" report from the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology)
    • LD 1392 "An Act to Allow Municipalities to Opt Not to Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code" ("Ought Not to Pass" report was accepted in both the House and Senate)
    • LD 1504 "An Act to Modernize Rates for Small-Scale Distributed Generation" (veto not overridden)
    • LD 1513 "An Act to Provide for Affordable Long-Term Energy Prices in Maine" (unanimous "Ought Not to Pass" report from the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology)
    Bills to be carried over to the next session:
    • LD 40 "An Act to Strengthen Requirements for Water Testing in Schools"
    • LD 131 "An Act to Protect the Biomass Industry"
    • LD 257 "An Act to Enable Municipalities Working with Utilities to Establish Microgrids"
    • LD 260 "An Act to Create the Maine Energy Office"
    • LD 532 "An Act to Remove the 100-Megawatt Limit on Hydroelectric Generators Under the Renewable Resources Law"
    • LD 656 "An Act to Improve the Ability of Maine Companies to Manufacture and Market Bioplastics
    • LD 1224 "An Act to Allow for Greater Energy Competition in Maine by Amending the Law Governing Electric Generation or Generation-Related Assets by Affiliates"
    • LD 1373 "An Act to Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine"
    • LD 1444 "An Act Regarding Large-Scale Community Solar Procurement"
    • LD 1515 "An Act to Reduce Electric Rates for Maine Businesses by Amending the Laws Governing Spending from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund"
    • LD 1632 "An Act to Establish the Manufacturing Jobs Energy Program"
    The 2nd half of the 128th Legislative Session begins in January 2018.

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 9:30 AM | Melissa Winne


    Two leaked Federal reports on energy and climate change are generating lively discussions on how the Trump Administration and Congress may tackle these issues in future legislative and executive actions.

    "It is extremely likely [95-100%] that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century" is the conclusion of a nearly 700-page draft Climate Science Special Report.

    And according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Electric Power System, Markets, and Reliability Study, low natural gas prices, higher maintenance costs for aging infrastructure, and reduced electrical demand are the primary causes for coal and nuclear plant retirements, and not the proliferation of new renewable energy generation across the country.

    The U.S. Global Change Research Program's Climate Science Special Report is part of the fourth congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment. A report draft was made available earlier in 2017 for public comment but did not reach most American households until The New York Times reported about it earlier this month. The purpose of the Climate Science Special Report is to document "the state of science relating to climate change and its physical impacts" and does not assess the literature for climate change mitigation, adaptation, economic valuation, societal responses, or policy recommendations. A White House committee of political appointees from thirteen agencies must approve the report in order for the final reports to be released this fall, however, this committee was disbanded on Sunday, August 20. 

    The report discusses the physical drivers of climate change detection and attribution of climate change, climate variability and large-scale circulation, temperature and precipitation changes in the United States, changes in land and sea cover, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and compound extremes and tipping elements. Some of the more concerning findings of the report include: 

    Temperature

    • 16 of the last 17 years are the warmest years on record globally, with 2016 being the hottest year on record.
    • The global annual average temperature from 1901-2016 has increased by 1.8°F/1.0°C. [Very High Confidence]
    • The average annual temperature over the continuous United States is projected to rise about 2.5°F/1.4°C in the next few decades (relative to the average temperature from 1976-2005) in all emission scenario models. [High Confidence]
    • Extreme temperatures are projected to increase even more than average temperatures, and the number of days below freezing is projected to decline while the number of days above 90°F will increase. [Very High Confidence]
    Precipitation & Storm Events
    • Since 1980, the cost for extreme weather events in the United States has surpassed $1.1 trillion.
    • Heavy precipitation events in most of the United States have increased in intensity and frequency since 1901, with the largest increases occurring in the Northeast. [High Confidence]
    • Extreme snowfall years in parts of the northern United States have increased, with winter storm tracks shifting northward since 1950. [Medium Confidence]
    • The Northeast has experienced a 92% increase in the number of 2-day precipitation events that exceed the 5-year recurrence interval from 1958-2016.
    Oceans
    • Oceans have absorbed about 93% of the excess heat caused by greenhouse gases since the mid-20th century, causing waters to be warmer and altering global and regional climate feedback loops.
    • Oceans are currently absorbing more than 1/4 of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere annually from human activities.
    • The oceans are becoming more acidic, with higher latitude systems exhibiting seasonal corrosive conditions sooner than low-latitude systems (higher-latitude systems typically have a lower buffering capacity against changing acidity). [Very High Confidence]
    • The rate of acidification is unparalleled in at least the past 66 million years. [Medium Confidence]
    • In the Gulf of Maine, acidification is regionally greater than the global average as a result of changes in freshwater input. [Medium Confidence]
    • Global mean sea level has risen about 7-8 inches since 1900, with about 3 of those inches occurring since 1993. [Very High Confidence]
    • Nuisance floods (tidal floods) have increased 5- to 10-fold since the 1960s in several U.S. coastal cities and will continue increasing in depth, frequency, and extent before 2100. [Very High Confidence]
    • Sea level rise will increase the frequency and extent of extreme flooding due to coastal storms (e.g. hurricanes and nor'easters). [Very High Confidence]
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Global mean atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is over 400 ppm, a level last present over 3 million years ago and combined with significantly higher average global temperature and sea level. [High Confidence]
    "Humanity is conducting an unprecedented experiment with the Earth's climate system through emissions from large-scale fossil fuel combustion, widespread deforestation, and other changes to the atmosphere and landscape" and as with any futuristic modeling, predictions, and scenarios, there are factors and elements that cannot be accurately accounted. The more Earth's climate system is changed, the greater the risk of surprises. There are two types of surprises: critical threshold, where some threshold is crossed within the climate system that results in a large impact, and compound events, where multiple extreme climate events occur either simultaneously or sequentially to create a greater overall impact. Either or both types of surprises could occur within the Earth's climate system in the future, creating unanticipated and difficult or impossible to manage changes.

    Confidence Level Ranking

    Very High: Strong evidence (established theory, multiple sources, consistent results, well documented and accepted methods, etc.), high consensus

    High: Moderate evidence (several sources, some consistency, methods vary and/or documentation limited, etc.), medium consensus

    Medium: Suggestive evidence (a few sources, limited consistency, models incomplete, methods emerging, etc.), competing schools of thought

    Low: Inconclusive evidence (limited sources, extrapolations, inconsistent findings, poor documentation and/or methods not tested, etc.), disagreement or lack of opinions among experts


    The Electric Power System, Markets and Reliability Study was developed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability per the memorandum issued by Secretary Rick Perry on April 14, 2017. The original study deadline was mid-June, with a DOE spokesperson stating the study draft would be submitted to Secretary Perry in early July with no new release date mentioned. The memo asked the DOE Chief of Staff to focus on three issues: 
    1. The evolution of wholesale electricity markets, including the extent to which federal policy interventions and the changing nature of the electricity fuel mix are challenging the original policy assumptions that shaped the creation of those markets;
    2. Whether wholesale energy and capacity markets are adequately compensating attributes such as on-site fuel supply and other factors that strengthen grid resilience and, if not, the extent to which this could affect grid reliability and resilience in the future; and
    3. The extent to which continued regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants.
    The leaked draft report assessed previous literature on the subject matter and also conducted original research. While some sections of the report were removed or unfinished, the sections that remained confirmed what most in the energy industry already knew. Some key report findings include:
    • Due to advances to the grid, baseload plants are not as necessary for grid reliability and resiliency.
    • Low natural gas prices, higher maintenance costs for aging infrastructure, and reduced electrical demand are the primary causes for coal and nuclear plant retirements.
    • The grid is operating reliably and has not been impacted by baseload plants retiring since more efficient and cheaper natural gas and renewable energy sources are coming online.
    • Energy diversity from renewable energy sources can improve grid reliability and lower electricity costs for customers.
    • Power plant retirements are driven by regional factors, with more retirements concentrated in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic.
    These reports, which effectively remove doubt regarding the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as concerns regarding renewable energy in the electricity grid, will still need to undergo internal political review and polishing. It is vitally important that scientific reports be objective and clear of political influence in order to provide the most accurate data to base future regulatory decisions. These reports provide that opportunity and hopefully remain as this essential source of information unaffected by political agendas.
  • Monday, August 21, 2017 9:15 AM | Melissa Winne

                     

    Each year, E2Tech gathers thousands of Maine's business movers and shakers, educators, policy makers, and funders together with entrepreneurs, innovators, and startups for information on sharing and networking. We regularly connect environmental and energy innovators with funders, customers, suppliers, mentors, and partners using our diverse and wide network of members and partner organizations.

    Our experience has shown that personal connections, introductions, and references are the most effective way to help entrepreneurs. Without a 'connector' they are isolated in their own silos - geographically and by business sector. They often lack knowledge of potential resources available to grow their business. This connector is crucial for our state.

    Recently, E2Tech contracted with Lewis "Lew" Hinman, a seasoned executive with expertise in complex business environments in industrial, commercial, environmental, and aerospace markets. His work at United Technologies and Pratt & Whitney gives him deep knowledge in strategic business development, technology development, and collaborative business structures with early-stage enterprises, OEMs, and service providers, as well as acquisitions, due diligence, and integration execution. He has broad international experience in Europe, Asia/Pacific, India, and South Africa.

    Cindy Talbot with CJTalbot Services is another startup resource at E2Tech. She has been working with Maine companies to prepare federal and state grant applications for funding to support research, development, and demonstration projects. Cindy has provided support to companies seeking U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Science Foundation grants through SBIR/STTR or Broad Agency Announcements resulting in $1.1M in awards.

                       

    To learn more about Lew & Cindy, and how they might be able to help your
    companies, please contact Jeff Marks at jeffmarks@e2tech.org.


  • Monday, August 21, 2017 9:00 AM | Melissa Winne


    Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of more than 5,700 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants, and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. As a 100 percent employee-owned firm, each professional brings an ownership mentality to clients' projects. Employees plan, design, permit, construct, and manage facilities all over the world.

    Throughout the past year, Burns & McDonnell has expanded their operations in six Northeastern states: Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. The firm first opened its doors in the Northeast in 2007 and has since grown 700 percent in the region. 

    "Our clients and communities are facing complex infrastructure challenges, creating a great need for quick, all-encompassing engineering, architecture, and construction solutions," says Earle Cianchette, Burns & McDonnell Portland, Maine, Office Manager. "We're focused on immersing ourselves within our communities and continuing to grow our team so we can bring even more sustainable solutions to the table."

    Backed by an international team of more than 5,700, the Northeastern offices work together to design and build the infrastructure that powers the region, military installations, commercial, aviation, and industrial facilities. The offices have successfully managed approximately $13 billion in projects with investor-owned utility, commercial aviation, manufacturing, and municipal clients. Known as a center for excellence in program management, the Burns & McDonnell project approach is all about alleviating complex issues for clients.

    "From concept to completion, we partner with our clients to develop innovative solutions for their specific needs and they reap the benefits of a quick, more seamless approach," says Cianchette. "Our employee-owners supporting Maine and the rest of the Northeast have diverse skill sets and experience, and a strong commitment to clients - elements that make our projects a success."

    Burns & McDonnell is recognized by Engineering News-Record as the No. 1 Firm in Power and ranks among the top five percent of contractors nationwide for safety.

    As the firm grows, its dedication to being a Best Place to Work remains constant. Burns & McDonnell currently ranks No. 16 among Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For and has been recognized by nearly 30 publications as a best place to work across the country. 

    Burns & McDonnell joined E2Tech as a Sustaining Champion in February 2017.

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 8:45 AM | Melissa Winne


    The Governor's Energy Office (Maine GEO) and E2Tech are developing a new Maine Energy Roadmap through a Department of Energy State Energy Program grant. The objectives include achieving energy and cost savings in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors; reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; supporting the growth of a robust state and regional energy market and workforce; and facilitating stakeholder and inter-agency discussions. There are three phases of the Roadmap: Phase I - Baseline Development, Phase II - Expert Task Force Meetings,  and Phase III - Action/Implementation Plan.

    In the next few months, the GEO and E2Tech will be hosting forums, task force meetings, workshops, and stakeholder meetings all over the state, and we value your participation.

    Upcoming Events (for more information, visit our events page):

    E2Tech Forum: Regional & State Energy Policy
    Thursday, September 7
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    USM, Portland

    Public Input Stakeholder Meeting
    Friday, October 13
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    UMPI, Presque Isle

    E2Tech Forum: Maine's Heating & Transportation Oil Dependence
    Thursday, October 19
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell

    Public Input Stakeholder Meeting
    Friday, October 20
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Bangor/Orono (TBD)

    Public Input Stakeholder Meeting
    Friday, October 27
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    USM, Portland

    E2Tech Expo 2017
    Thursday, November 16
    8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    USM, Portland


    For more information and to get involved, please contact E2Tech's Executive Director,
    Jeff Marks, at jeffmarks@e2tech.org or (207) 956-1970.

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:58 AM | Melissa Winne


    “For those concerned, don’t panic! For those excited, don’t get too euphoric.”

    These were the words spoken by Washington, DC lobbyist and Republican insider Darrell Henry at the November 2016 E2Tech Expo, less than two weeks after a historic national election that catapulted real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump into the role of Leader of the Free World.

    We are approaching the halfway point of President Trump’s first year in office.  Where are we now?

    Henry, a partner at a Capitol Hill lobby shop, was making the point that global market forces will continue to drive energy and environmental activities, and any changes to environmental and energy policy will be gradual and measured. In other words, “there will be no return to ‘Drill, baby, drill,’ a reference to a 2008 Republican campaign slogan popularized by then Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. Here are some of the main energy and environmental changes made by the current administration in its first 180 days:

    Executive Orders:

    President Trump has issued six energy and environmental Executive Orders addressing agency regulations, expediting environmental reviews of high-priority infrastructure projects, offshore energy, national monument designations, energy independence and economic growth, and reviewing the "Waters of the United States." He has also issued two Presidential Memoranda on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

    Climate Change:

    The United States became one of only three countries to not participate in the Paris Climate Agreement. The Green Climate Fund and Global Climate Change Initiative programs are both facing elimination in the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development FY 2018 presidential budget.



    The Trump Budget:

    President Trump announced his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, with all agencies except the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veteran Affairs experiencing funding cuts.
    • Proposed Department of Energy (DOE) program eliminations include the Office of Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs, the U.S. State Energy Program (which is currently funding the development of Maine’s Energy Roadmap through the Governor’s Energy Office and E2Tech), and the Weatherization Assistance Program.  

    • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helped heat 37,192 households in Maine in 2015, is facing elimination within the Department of Health and Human Services. 

    • The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed budget includes defunding multiple federal grant programs, including Beaches Protection, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Underground Storage Tanks, Water Quality Research and Support Grants, and Pollution Prevention, along with the Beach/Fish Programs, the Endocrine Disruptors Program, the Environmental Education Program, the Environmental Justice Program, the Marine Pollution Program, the National Estuary Program/Coastal Waterways, the Pollution Prevention Program, the RCRA: Waste Minimization & Recycling Program, the Science Policy and Biotechnology Program, and the Lead Risk Reduction Program.  Multiple projects within the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (Energy Star, Combined Heat & Power Partnership, Responsible Appliance Disposal Program, etc.) are facing elimination, along with the Global Change Research program, and the Surface Water Protection program.  The Brownfields grant program has a proposed 30% decrease in funding which is currently funding the redevelopment of several Maine industrial and paper mill sites. 

    • The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration is facing, among others, the elimination of the Coastal Zone Management Grants Program, the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Grants, the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants, the National Sea Grant College Program, the Marine Aquaculture Program, and the Office of Education.  These NOAA programs provide federal funding for Maine departments, projects, programs, and industries.

    • Within the Department of Interior, the Bureau of Land Management has proposed program cuts for every division except Energy and Minerals Management, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has proposed cuts to regulations, while the U.S. Geological Survey receives an overall 13% cut, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service receives an overall 5% cut, and the National Park Service receives an overall 5% cut, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has a proposed 45% increase and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has a proposed 5% increase.  These budget changes reflect the administration’s goals to increase resource extraction on public lands and offshore energy production to become “energy-dominant”.
    Energy Week? 

    The Trump Administration highlighted their energy-dominance plan during June 26-30 "Energy Week." Plans include increasing fossil fuel production through pipelines and harvesting on public lands to become a net exporter in fossil fuels, creating electricity with "clean" coal, increasing nuclear power, reducing energy regulations, and creating an "all of the above" energy portfolio. Read the full Energy Week message from Secretary Perry, Secretary Zinke, and Administrator Pruitt here.

    Trump's Major Energy & Environmental Appointees

     Department  Director  President's Budget
     Environmental Protection Agency
     Confirmed: Scott Pruit   -31%
     Department of Energy  Confirmed: Rick Perry  -6%
     Department of Interior  Confirmed: Ryan Zinke  -12%
     Department of Commerce  Confirmed: Wilbur Ross  -16%
     Department of Agriculture  Confirmed: George Perdue  -21%
     National Aeronautics & Space Administration  Acting: Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr.  -0.8%
     National Science Foundation  France Cordova (on year 3 of 6 year appointment)  -11%

    Executive Orders:

    Memorandums:

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