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Regional Electric Grid & Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center, Hallowell, ME


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Thank you to everyone who attended this exciting event.  Speakers' presentation slides are linked to their names in the agenda, below.

On March 20, E2Tech will host its annual Augusta forum for legislators, regulators, administration officials, businesses, and Maine's environmental and energy stakeholders. Co-hosted by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, this year's forum will focus on the latest developments on regional energy infrastructure initiatives, diversification of our energy supply portfolio, and the benefits and costs of public investments in energy infrastructure.

The six New England governors signed the Regional Energy Infrastructure Initiative to cooperate on investments in energy efficiency, new and existing renewable generation, natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission. In January, ISO-NE was asked to take action on new electric transmission infrastructure and increased natural gas capacity. Panel speakers will provide an update on this initiative. ISO-NE will discuss their Strategic Planning Initiative to address challenges to the regional electric power system and how it impacts Maine.

New England is now in the midst of large energy resources - Marcellus shale gas to the south; wind power in Maine and offshore; and hydropower in Canada. These resources can potentially diversify the regional energy portfolio and reduce costs, yet they all need infrastructure to deliver benefits to the region.


7:30: Networking Breakfast

8:15: Governor Paul LePage - Opening Remarks

8:30: Panel 1: State & Regional Perspective

  • Tom Welch, Chairman, Maine Public Utilities Commission
  • Eric Johnson, Director, External Affairs, ISO New England
  • Bill Ferdinand, Shareholder, Eaton Peabody (Moderator)

9:30: Panel 2: Stakeholder Perspective

  • Anthony Buxton, Partner, Preti Flaherty and Counsel, Industrial Energy Consumers Group
  • Jeremy Payne, Executive Director, Maine Renewable Energy Association
  • Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Ben Gilman, Senior Government Relations Specialist, Maine State Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)


After the E2Tech Forum, the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) will hold their 2nd Annual Maine Clean Energy Day - a series of meetings with Legislative and Administration Leaders. Contact Jeff Marks at FMI.


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