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Join us Thursday, January 30 at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel for a full day of programming, including an address from our featured speaker, Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman.
Attendees will get insights into hot topics on the horizon for employers, an update on labor and employment laws and regulations, and a look into best practices for the workplace in the new decade.
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Registration is $195 each, with discounts available for groups of three or more.
Valet parking, breakfast, lunch, and networking reception are included.
This program is approved for 7 SHRM PDCs, 7 HRCI general credits, and 7.5 CLE general credits.
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The attorneys in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group have a wide range of experience in all aspects of labor and employment law, and are frequent authors and speakers on employer issues. Visit the group's blog, Taking Care of HR Business, to stay up-to-date on the newest and most important legal developments in the labor and employment world. For more information about Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, visit verrill-law.com/employment-labor.
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Everyone is talking about the electricity grid and how it must be modernized to accommodate new technologies, distributed generation,and provide more resilient, reliable service, all while keeping electricity prices low. Over the next 20 years, big decisions must be made in Maine about where and when to invest in upgrading the distribution and transmission system in the State while considering whether it would be cheaper to develop "non-wires alternatives" (NWA) to satisfy the electricity need, including such alternatives as energy storage, demand response, efficiency or distributed generation.
Into the middle of this conversation comes a new state law, unique in the U.S., establishing an innovative new approach that will shape the path of grid modernization in Maine. In 2019, the Maine Legislature established a NWA Coordinator, housed at the Office of the Public Advocate, and required Maine’s electric utilities to present plans each year laying out the needs and schedules for future grid investments. Working with the Efficiency Maine Trust and the utilities, the NWA Coordinator will compare the economic costs and benefits of traditional utility solutions, like building new electricity lines or adding more substations, with NWAs. The NWA Coordinator will work with all parties and the Maine Public Utilities Commission to ensure that the most cost-effective resources are developed while meeting the necessary requirements to maintain grid reliability and adequate electricity service.
What will this NWA Coordinator position and process mean for Maine’s traditional energy markets and distributed energy resources (DER)? How will it benefit industry and what challenges will the new program face? What can we learn from the experience of other states? Our panel of experts, from the utility, developer, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries will examine the rollout of this new policy and discuss the potential opportunities it creates in the energy industry in Maine.
Moderator: Michael Stoddard, Efficiency Maine Trust
Introductory Remarks: Barry Hobbins, State of Maine Public Advocate
Panel in Formation
NWA Coordinator: Michele Tihami, DNV GL
Utilities: Eric Stinneford, CMP
Developers: David Funk, Enel X
8:00 - 8:30 Coffee, Muffins & Networking
8:30 - 10:00 Panel Discussion
10:00 - 10:30 Q&A and Wrap Up
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Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day.
A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Ramanujam couples a strong background in technology and innovation with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living.
Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private organization wholly owned by GBCI and that is the leading sustainability standard for global real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets.
Before becoming President and CEO of USGBC, Ramanujam served as both the organization’s COO and CIO. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led various business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.
Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Ramanujam’s work today. He leads hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly as the backbone of the green building movement. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Come meet Mahesh Ramanujam from the US Green Building Council and hear about his visions as to the future of green buildings and sustainable building practices.
Our host, Coastal Enterprises Inc, has one of the few LEED rated facilities in Maine.
Since 2005 Cleantech Open (CTO) has trained over 1200 early-stage clean technology startup entrepreneurs through its annual business accelerator. A majority of CTO alumni have survived the merciless technology startup "valley of death" and gone on to raise $1.2 billion and create over 3,000 clean economy jobs.
Join CTO, Verrill, and E2Tech on March 19, 2020 to celebrate the 2019 cohort (2019 CTONE Teams) and network with Maine and New England's leading clean tech professionals at Verrill in their 9th Floor Conference Center.
Pre-registration is required
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The Maine Climate Council is charged with developing a plan to meet state greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that are now in law, including a gross 45% greenhouse gas emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050.
Starting with an overview of energy use by sector, our panel of experts will explore challenges for meeting these targets. What combination of strategies could work, and what business opportunities might emerge? How have other states proceeded? What is the baseline and how will progress be tracked? Do Maine’s forests offer a unique advantage, or has that been over-stated? As the Climate Council begins work on a blueprint for action, this panel will look at the scope of their undertaking.
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