E2Tech Forums & Events

E2Tech provides a monthly forum series (Sept-June) that seeks to provide timely information about Maine's clean technology sector. E2Tech also hosts periodic networking events to foster business-to-business opportunities within Maine's clean tech economy. Additionally, preceding each forum, a 45 minute block of time is reserved for networking. We hope you can join us. 

Upcoming events

    • Friday, March 03, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Governor Hill Mansion, 136 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330

    Playing Matchmaker-
    Aligning Energy Challenges
    with Compatible Policies

    This Forum Has Been Rescheduled for
    March 3rd at Governor Hill Mansion.

    Please Note: We will honor all current registrations. If you are unable to attend on the new date of March 3, please contact Melissa Winne, melissawinne@e2tech.org, and we will credit your account the registration fee to apply towards any future E2Tech event!

    8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast & Coffee
    8:30- 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
    10:00- 10:45 a.m. Maine Energy Roadmap Briefing

    What are the most important energy challenges facing the State of Maine? What problems are we trying to solve and how do policy makers craft solutions to address the most critical issues?

    Maine’s largest end-use for energy, and biggest consumption of oil, is in the transportation sector. Yet, we have no coordinated policy on reducing oil use or developing alternative fuels, vehicles, or infrastructure programs. Heating Maine’s homes and businesses is an annual challenge, yet we fret every winter to ensure that our most vulnerable stay warm. Maine also has the highest per capita energy usage in New England, but we don’t have a focused strategy for reducing oil dependence while increasing productivity. Maine’s businesses struggle to remain competitive with states that have lower electricity, transportation, and heating costs. On the other hand, policymakers are asked to consider dozens of proposals annually to incentivize renewable electricity generation and promote energy efficiency. 

    Are these the right priorities? What are the real problems to be solved? What are our energy goals? And, how do we get there? Today’s speakers are prepared to provide their thoughts on Maine’s greatest energy challenges and ask attendees for their potential policy solutions.

    Speakers Include:

    • Daniel Brennan- Senior Director for Programs, Maine State Housing Authority
    • Peter Mills- Executive Director, Maine Turnpike Authority
    • Angela Monroe- Deputy Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
    • Timothy Schneider- Public Advocate, Maine Office of the Public Advocate
    • Michael Stoddard- Executive Director, Efficiency Maine Trust
    The Maine Energy Roadmap Briefing with the Governor's Energy Office and E2Tech will follow the panel discussion.



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    • Thursday, March 16, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cloudport, 63 Federal Street, Portland

    Are you...

    • An entrepreneur accelerating a big idea?
    • An executive looking for a way to mentor Maine's energy and environmental startups?
    • A lawyer, investor, or consultant curious about emerging companies in Maine?
    • Looking to expand your cleantech network?
    Then please join us at Cloudport in Portland for food and local brews while learning more about the Cleantech Open and networking with Maine business leaders and entrepreneurs! 

    Come explore Cloudport, the home of E2Tech's new office, located in the heart of Portland. Cloudport is designed to provide a state-of-the-art space for businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists to thrive.

    Aside from discovering this cool, new CoWorking MultiSpace, at this event you will hear from Cleantech Open staff and learn more about how the program can help you grow your cleantech venture, expand your businesses' services to young companies, or mentor entrepreneurs looking to solve our biggest environmental and energy challenges. In addition, you will hear from business owners who successfully competed in the Cleantech Open last year.

    The Cleantech Open is the oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program, with the mission to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges. Through their annual business competition and accelerator program, they connect cleantech startups with the people and resources that will accelerate their success, and provide a national platform for public visibility.

    • David Markley- Co-Founder & CEO, Surge Hydro
    • Kathryn Elmes- Executive Director, Cleantech Open Northeast
    • Jeff Marks- Executive Director, E2Tech

    Last year two Maine companies, Delta Dewatering and F.E. Wood Natural Energy were semi-finalists, and Surge Hydro was one of four regional winners, and is currently competing in the national competition in California! Surge Hydro joins two other Maine companies, Pika Energy and Rapport, who have won this regional award in the last five years.

    Carry on Maine's success and apply today!
    You can learn about the Cleantech Open 2017 and the requirements for applying on the Cleantech Open Northeast Website

    Early Bird Deadline (50% Discount): April 1, 2017
    Final Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Office hours with Cleantech Open Northeast Executive Director, Kathryn Elmes, will be held prior to the event- let us know if you're interested in meeting with her to discuss your company and this great opportunity.

    E2Tech would love to help!
    Contact E2Tech's Executive Director, Jeff Marks, at jeffmarks@e2tech.org
    • Friday, March 24, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine

    The New Forest Economy-
    Biobased Power, Products, & Fuels

    Maine's forest products industry has been declining for years, forcing closure of six pulp and paper mills in the last three years and reductions in workforce in others. Expiring contracts, lower oil prices, and the elimination of incentives in neighboring states have pushed Maine's biomass sector to the brink of collapse. What does the future of the forest economy look like? 

    Federal and State leaders may have been slow to react, but are now engaged in multiple activities to rescue a struggling industry. The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a $13 million taxpayer subsidy to reopen or keep open several biomass electricity generation plants in the state. A legislative commission evaluated the economic, environmental, and energy benefits of Maine's biomass resources, as well as public policy and economic proposals to create and maintain a sustainable future for the Maine biomass industry. And, the U.S. Economic Development Administration is investing $1 million to implement a strategic plan to identify and support new markets for wood products. 

    E2Tech and GrowSmart Maine are bringing together key players in Maine's biomass/biofuels, biproducts, and community development worlds to discuss both the policy and the economic development challenges and opportunities in Maine's new forest economy. What are our forests producing now and how does that connect with regulation and demand in the state, regional, and larger energy and economic systems? What is needed to move this sector forward in an economic and environmentally sustainable way? 


    7:30 a.m. - Networking Breakfast

    8:15- 10:00 a.m. - The New Forest Economy: Biobased Power, Products, & Fuels

    • Yellow Light Breen- President & CEO, Maine Development Foundation
    • Sarah Curran- Program Director, Maine Forest Economy
    • Eric Kingsley- Vice President, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions
    • Patrick Strauch- Executive Director, Maine Forest Products Council
    10:00- 10:15 a.m. Break

    10:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Three Facilitated Breakout Sessions

     1.Community Development in the New Forest Economy

     2. Emerging Biobased Products in the New Forest Economy
    • Charlotte Mace- Executive Director, Biobased Maine
     3. Sustainable Biomass Energy in the New Forest Economy


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Past events

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Maine DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer & Senior Management Team
Thursday, December 08, 2016 Wake Up! A Convenient Forum on Climate Change & RGGI
Thursday, November 17, 2016 E2Tech Expo 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016 New England Electricity Outlook- Get Plugged In!
Monday, September 19, 2016 Election 2016: Energy, Environment, & the Economy
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 E2Tech Summer Networking Reception
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Sustainability in Maine's Tourism Industry- Spring Networking Reception & Forum
Thursday, May 19, 2016 She Blinded Me With Science! The Role of Science in Public Policy
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Endangered Species & Wildlife Protection- "Taking" Care of Business
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Cleantech Open 2016 Maine Kick-off and Networking Reception
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Don't Make a Scene, Man! Scenic Impacts of Development
Friday, March 11, 2016 New England Clean Energy Procurement – Maine Transmission Proposals
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Winter Waterfront Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Solar Energy in Maine- Where the Sun Does Shine!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Any Fin is Possible - Scaling Up Maine's Aquaculture Industry: E2Tech Forum & Holiday Reception
Thursday, November 19, 2015 E2Tech 2015 Annual Meeting & Forum: Risky Business: Floods, Fatalities, and Fear
Thursday, October 01, 2015 E2Tech Expo 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 "And" Then... Environmental & Energy Legislative Update 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015 State of the Environment – Maine DEP Commissioner & Bureau Chiefs
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Energy Storage: Saving for a (Renewable) Rainy Day
Friday, June 12, 2015 Wicked Cool Networking Mixer at Wicked Joe Coffee
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry + Biobased Maine
Thursday, April 30, 2015 "Current" Events in Stormwater
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Renewable Energy Incentives: Investment or Entitlement?
Monday, March 16, 2015 Cleantech Open 2015 launches in Maine
Thursday, February 26, 2015 Hydropower: A Dam Good Forum
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Portland Greendrinks
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Free Webinar: Opportunities in Mexico for Maine Environmental and Energy Companies
Friday, January 23, 2015 Worker Training & Internship Briefing
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Maine's Energy Policy 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Holiday Networking Event
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Ocean Acidification Forum
Friday, December 12, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, November 20, 2014 E2Tech Annual Meeting - Extreme Makeover: Environmental Remediation Edition
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Organics & Residuals Separation and Processing in the Solid Waste Stream
Friday, September 12, 2014 Heat of the Moment: Plans from State Officials, Energy Companies, and Maine's Next Governor
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Energy, Cleantech, & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Summer Networking Event at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Thursday, June 26, 2014 The Solid Waste Hierarchy: Waste-to-Energy & the Brighter Side of Landfills
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Navigating the Northeastern Cleantech Cluster Through Wind, Water & Woods
Thursday, June 05, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Energy, Environmental & Economic Policy in an Election Year
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Take a Load Off: Distributed Generation and Microgrids
Monday, March 24, 2014 Cleantech Open Northeast: Maine Info Session & Networking
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Regional Electric Grid & Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Reinventing Maine's Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Industries
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Maine's Offshore Wind Project Update
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Brunswick Landing- Accelerating an Innovative & Renewable Future
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Modernization of Maine's Mining Rules & Development
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Maine's Petroleum Market-Economics, Technology & Transportation
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Cleantech Open Northeast
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine's Plants to Products Forum
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Maine's Environmental Policy Update
Friday, September 13, 2013 Perfect Pitch-Accelerating Success Workshop
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Maine's New Energy Policy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Sustainable Food Production in Maine: A Four-Course Primer
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 The Maine Drain: Stormwater Management Strategies and Solutions
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Climate Change Adaptation: The Maine Response to Planning, Economic, & Engineering Challenges
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Building & Growing the Clean Tech Sector
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 17, 2013 The Friendly Shark Tank: Financial Resources for Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Thursday, December 13, 2012 In the Loop - Geothermal Energy in Maine's Homes & Businesses
Thursday, November 15, 2012 E2Tech Annual Meeting: Celebrating Member Success Stories
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles: Reducing Maine's Oil Dependence
Thursday, September 20, 2012 10th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, September 13, 2012 U.S. Senate Candidate Debate
Thursday, June 21, 2012 June 21st Forum - Tidal Energy & Maine’s International Growth Opportunity
Thursday, June 07, 2012 E2Tech Networking Evening
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 21st Century Maine: Warmer, Wetter, Wilder
Thursday, May 17, 2012 May 17th Forum - Sustainable Buildings & Site Development Trends in Maine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 April 10th Forum - UMAINE: Clean Tech Innovation Partner
Thursday, March 29, 2012 March 29th Networking Evening
Thursday, March 15, 2012 March 15th Forum - 2012 ME Environmental & Energy Policy (Augusta)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Feb 16th Forum - E2Tech Myth Busters
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Clean Tech Collaborative
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Jan 19th Forum - Financing Maine's Clean Tech Sector
Thursday, December 15, 2011 Dec 15th Forum - Efficiency Maine: A Track Record of Success & the Road Ahead
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Nov 15th - Building Maine's Clean Tech Corridor
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Nov 3rd Event - Explore Brunswick's Future Renewable Energy Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Oct 26th Forum - Maine's Evolving Wind Energy Resource
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Oct 20th Forum - Restoring Urban Impaired Streams in Maine
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