Brooke Barnes - Co-Chair, Program Committee

Brooke leads the Topsham office of Stantec, an office primarily focused on applied field biology, wildlife assessments and permitting. A sociologist with a law degree, he is keenly interested in the intersection of technology, regulation and culture. He led the Maine DEP for many years, and served as Governor King’s Chief Legal Counsel...but prefers to do construction work. He is actively engaged in the development and permitting of most of Maine’s wind projects.

R. Benjamin Borowski
Preti Flaherty

Robert "Benji" Borowski, a partner in Preti Flaherty's Energy Practice Group, regularly represents clients throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts on issues involving renewable energy and climate change. Notably, Benji has extensive state, regional, and federal experience around the energy policies that drive regulations, the energy regulations that shape markets, and the complex energy markets within which his clients operate. 

In addition to transactional work related to the acquisition and sale of energy assets, Benji has represented solar power producers in opposing unfavorable rate design, industrial consumers in net-metering the output from solar projects, and industrial consumers in developing behind-the-meter battery storage projects. Benji advises clients in connection with acquiring and applying for FERC hydropower licenses, permitting high-voltage transmission lines and interstate natural gas pipelines, securing fair grid interconnection rights, and certifying generation projects under state Renewable Portfolios Standards.

Throughout his career, Benji has been extensively involved in efforts to reduce energy costs and emissions across New England. The challenge today is to find an optimal combination of energy affordability, sustainability, and reliability. Benji is a graduate of Hamilton College and Vermont Law School, where he earned a J.D. with a Certificate in Energy Law, magna cum laude, and a M.S. of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude.

Laney Brown

As Vice President, E-Retail Solutions, Laney Brown is leading the development of a new energy retail business. Prior to her most recent appointment, she was the Vice President at Concentric Energy Advisors advising clients on Future Energy strategies and new utility business models. With 15 years of service in the energy industry, Brown has held a variety of roles from Director, Smart Grids Planning and Programs at AVANGRID to Vice President, Grid Modernization Strategy at Modern Grid Partners, Inc. Outside of AVANGRID, Brown currently sits on the US Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and American Studies from Colby College and double master's degree in Business Administration with a focus on the global energy industry from University of Strathclyde and Universidad Pontificia Comillas. 

John Carroll

John Carroll has served as Director of Communications for Iberdrola USA since 2013 where he has responsibility for internal and external communications, brand, reputation and social responsibility. In 2002 he joined Central Maine Power; one of Iberdrola USA’s operating companies where he served as Manager, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.

Before that, John spent 10 years in corporate communications and charitable foundation work with UNUM. His long-time involvement in land use planning and permitting includes 5 years as a site development coordinator with an architectural firm in Portland. On the civic side, he spent nine years on the Portland Planning Board (2 as chairman); six years on the Casco Bay Island Transit District Board of Directors; six years on PACTS planning committees for regional traffic planning and alternative modes transportation planning; 3 years on the Board of Directors for the KIDS Consortium, and 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (on Peaks).

John has his BA from Vassar College and is currently completing final work on an MBA from Husson University. He is a resident of Peaks Island.

Erik M. Clapp, Ph.D.
Sevee and Maher Engineers, Inc.

A principal with Sevee & Maher Engineers (SME), Erik is a geologist with 25 years of experience in geologic investigations specializing in hydrogeology, geochemistry, sediment transport, and geotechnical issues. He has supervised and conducted regional and international research projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Geological Survey, and has instructed university courses in Field Geology, Hydrogeology, Geomorphology, and Computer Simulation of Hydrogeologic Systems. 

Since joining SME in 1998, Erik has managed and conducted numerous environmental and hydrogeologic investigations involving groundwater and soil chemical characterization, isotropic tracing of groundwater source areas, and hydrogeologic and contaminant transport modeling for many manufacturers and solid waste facilities throughout Maine.

He is a leading expert on PCB Remediation under TSCA as well as RCRA Facility Assessments, Investigations and Remediation, and has worked on numerous sites in the RCRA 2020 Program.

He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in geology from the University of Vermont.

Phil Coupe
ReVision Energy

Phil Coupe is a managing partner and co-founder of ReVision Energy, a certified B Corp and the largest solar energy company in northern New England with more than 6,000 systems placed in service in ME, NH, and MA since 2003. Prior to leading the startup of ReVision Energy's southern Maine and New Hampshire operations, Coupe was co-founder and director of corporate philanthropy at a startup in Washington, DC that twice made the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America. The company received numerous awards for its commitment to serving disadvantaged children and for its environmental initiatives, underscoring Coupe's philosophy that business can be utilized to create maximum positive impact for people and the planet while also delivering strong financial results. In 1999 he became involved with the Big Brother/ Big Sister program and continues to work with his original match. In addition to his long-time service at E2Tech, he is also on the boards of the Conservation Law Foundation and Envision Maine, and is on the steering committee of Maine Audubon's Corporate Partner Program.

David Ertz - Co-Chair, Marketing & Membership Committee
DBE Consulting Services

Through DBE Consulting Services, David provides construction, contract, and project management expertise for the EPC delivery of renewable energy projects. Previously, David was responsible for the engineering and construction activities associated with First Wind’s projects in the Eastern U.S. His group of project managers and construction managers provide the resident expertise to advance projects from the early development phases to commercial operation with a focus on managing the work of engineers and contractors to construct utility-scale wind energy projects. He draws on his 30-plus years of experience in project management, environmental controls and management, and permitting for industry and electric utilities.

Thomas R. Eschner, Chair of the Board

Tom has been involved in energy development, contaminant geology and hydrogeology, and water resources for more than 35 years. He is a senior project manager with expertise managing both large, complex energy-infrastructure projects and multi-media site investigation and remediation projects. As a consultant, he has been involved in the planning and management of FERC and state permit applications, including all associated field surveys, data interpretation, agency coordination, public outreach, and report preparation. He has served as site manager for investigations, feasibility studies, and remedial actions under various federal and state programs. 

In addition, Tom served as Managing Director for a European environmental consulting services firm in Wiesbaden, Germany and has provided environmental insurance settlement and litigation support, and implemented and managed the development of environmental management systems. Prior to consulting, Tom worked in private industry and for the federal government. He served as a petroleum exploration geologist in the Gulf Coast region, and as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

William V. Ferdinand, Jr.
Eaton Peabody

Bill is an attorney with Eaton Peabody who focuses his legal practice on environmental and land use law. He also leads the legislative lobbying team for the firm, representing a wide variety of clients in the Maine Legislature, from multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals.

Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Bill was on the staff of the State Planning Office where he advised the Maine Legislature and state agencies on environmental and economic development policy. Bill is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Tulane University Law School. He continued his education by earning a Masters of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. He is a member of the Bar in the States of Maine and Connecticut.

John M. Ferland 
Ocean Renewable Power Company

John M. Ferland leads ORPC’s project development, environmental permitting and project licensing activities. John draws on over 30 years of experience in commercialization strategy for renewable energy companies, port emergency response operations, coastal resources management, and public policy. He has served as CEO of an oil spill response company which he led through the clean up of the largest oil spill ever to occur in Portland, Maine’s harbor in 1996, counseled numerous startups as director of a technology entrepreneur incubation program, and was the founding president of E2Tech. John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island.

James Katsiaficas
Perkins Thompson

Jim advises public and private clients in the areas of municipal, land use, zoning and planning, environmental and administrative law. His environmental work has included municipal landfill, uncontrolled hazardous substance site and Superfund site closures; voluntary response action program approvals; waste-to-energy facility and water and sewer district representation; and establishment of the governance structure for and representation of the Long Creek Watershed Management District – a novel collaborative effort to restore an urban impaired stream. Before joining Perkins Thompson, Jim was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Maine Municipal Association; he previously was a director in a Portland law firm and an Associate Corporation Counsel for the City of Portland. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and of the University of Maine School of Law.

Jeff Marks

Acadia Center


Jeff Marks is Senior Policy Advocate & Maine Director at Acadia Center, an organization dedicated to building clean, competitive, environmentally sustainable economies through data-driven research, innovative policies, and market-based solutions.  Jeff previously served as Executive Director of E2Tech before volunteering overseas with an extreme animal rescue team.

Jeff was Deputy Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office where he advised two Governors, Legislature, and State agencies on energy, environmental, and economic policy. Prior to his state service, Jeff was Director, Energy & EHS Policy and managed government relations activities for United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a global Fortune 50 company on the cutting edge of the aerospace, buildings, and energy industries. In Washington, DC, Jeff also represented more than 14,000 small, mid-sized, and large businesses and trade associations at the National Association of Manufacturers and served on action-oriented advisory boards for prominent business and environmental organizations, including Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, International Climate Change Partnership, National Energy Resources Organization, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Jeff has worked on all levels of government – with a city manager, a state senate president, a state attorney general, a former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and a Federal advisory delegation of elected and appointed leaders from all levels of government. He is one of the founding member of Climate Maine and the Center for Climate and the Economy and is proud to be a Member of the E2Tech Board of Directors.

Becky Metivier - Co-Chair, Marketing & Membership Committee
Sage Data Security, LLC

As a member of one of the first graduating classes from the University of Southern Maine’s Environmental Science and Policy program, Becky joined Vortechnics, a leading stormwater treatment product provider, with a dual role in product testing and marketing. When the company was acquired by CONTECH, Becky was promoted to Marketing Manager for the entire stormwater product offering. Becky went on to lead marketing at The Baker Company, manufacturer of air containment technologies, located in Sanford, Maine, and Fluid Imaging Technologies, developers of the FlowCam, located in Scarborough, Maine. Currently Becky is managing marketing at Sage Data Security, an independent information security firm headquartered in Portland, Maine.

Becky joined the E2Tech Board of Directors in 2005 and has been the chair of the Marketing & Membership Committee since 2007.

Chris J. Rauscher
Sunrun, Inc.

Chris is Director of Policy & Storage Market Strategy for Sunrun, the country's largest rooftop solar & storage provider. Chris works on Northeast & Caribbean Affairs, with a focus on storage, virtual power plants, and wholesale markets. Prior to joining Sunrun, Chris was an energy policy advisor in the US Senate where he worked on a diverse issue set, with a particular focus on DERs. Chris has been on various political campaigns and involved in a number of startup businesses. Although he has a law degree, so far he has successfully avoided practicing.

Chris grew up in Bristol, and now lives in Cape Elizabeth. In his free time he surfs, sails, and repairs vintage motorcycles.

Tim Soley
East Brown Cow Management, Inc.

Tim Soley, a 1984 graduate from Wesleyan University, established East Brown Cow Management in 1989 and has owned and operated the business ever since. The company’s commercial portfolio includes approximately one million square feet of office, retail, flex space, structured parking and land in the Greater Portland area. Tim has spent time modernizing the infrastructure of his older, historic buildings, making sure that they remain vital elements in their neighborhood while focusing on energy efficiency alternatives. With his newer, non-historic structures, Tim strives to bring these buildings to very high standards and maintain them accordingly. 

Tim’s company, East Brown Cow, has earned a reputation for providing first-class service to its tenants and for its commitment to the neighborhood where its properties are located. Tim’s newest development project is a Hyatt Place Hotel. The hotel stands at 7-stories, 80,000 sq. feet, in the heart of the Old Port.

Michael Stoddard
Efficiency Maine

Michael is the first Executive Director of the Efficiency Maine Trust, a position he started in 2010. The Trust’s mission is to help Maine consumers meet their energy needs at the lowest cost through the design and implementation of market-based energy efficiency and alternative energy programs.

Before coming to the Trust, Michael was Senior Counsel at ENE, a non-profit research and advocacy group that specializes in climate and energy policy. He was ENE’s lead energy advocate in Maine, where he worked on the legislation regarding Maine’s involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, reforming Maine’s building energy codes, and restructuring Maine’s administration of energy efficiency programs. Prior to working at ENE, Michael was the Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission in Washington and worked for 6 years in international development work at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), traveling across South America and Africa. Michael was appointed to the Maine Energy Conservation Board and also to the Governor’s Emergency Energy Task Force. Michael testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, on “Solutions to Cope with the Rise in Heating Oil Prices.” He also served on the Environmental Technology Advisory Board of the Maine Institute of Technology. Michael holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Maine School of Law. Originally from Brunswick, Michael now resides in Portland.

Elizabeth W. Swain
Barton & Gingold, a Division of POWER Engineers

Elizabeth Swain specializes in environmental permitting and communications. She is a registered professional forester and her consulting practice concentrates primarily on energy and natural resource-related issues. Elizabeth has extensive experience in managing complex public policy issues to achieve a successful outcome. Her work has focused on permitting clean energy projects, including wind, hydro, and natural gas, and providing strategic consultation and community relations on electric transmission and pipeline projects, conservation easements, comprehensive planning, transportation projects, solid waste and Superfund. She also regularly assists clients with government and media relations. A former member of the quasi-judicial Maine Land Use Regulation Commission and four-term Chair, she brings a thorough understanding of regulatory decision-making to each project.

Jeffrey Thaler, Esq.
University of Maine / University of Maine School of Law

Jeff Thaler is the University of Maine’s first Visiting Professor of Energy Policy, Law & Ethics, is a Visiting Associate Professor at Maine Law School, and also serves as Associate University Counsel. Jeff has been permitting counsel for on- and off-shore wind projects, hydro power and wood-to-biofuel facilities, as well as many other commercial development projects. For many years, Jeff has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in environmental and natural resources law, commercial litigation and appellate law, and by Chambers USA for both his environmental and litigation practices; and, by New England Super Lawyers for his environmental work.  

Sarah Tracy - Co-Chair, Program Committee
Pierce Atwood

Sarah advises energy generation facilities and industrial and large commercial energy users with respect to energy and regulatory issues and due diligence matters. Sarah also represents electric, natural gas, and telecommunications utilities before state regulatory entities. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Sarah worked as a staff attorney with the Maine Public Utilities Commission in the Legal and the Electricity and Gas Division. 

Sarah became Chair of the E2Tech Programming Committee in 2018.

Sarah Watts
Tetra Tech

Sarah Watts is a Managing Environmental Scientist and Operations Manager for the Portland, Maine office of Tetra Tech. Sarah has worked professionally in Maine as an environmental consultant since 2000, and has been an E2Tech member since 2013. In her current position, Sarah oversees a group of 20 biologists, natural resource scientists, and planners, who primarily support project work in renewable and conventional energy generation and transmission, with the Department of Defense, and with various state agencies and local engineering firms. Sarah has been a member of the E2Tech Marketing and Membership Committee, and is looking forward to continuing and expanding her involvement in shaping the future direction of the organization.

Steve Westra
Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

As Maine MEP’s Supply Chain Project Manager, Steve Westra is accountable for the management of the Make it in America Challenge Grant. His responsibilities include supply chain scouting, development of a supply chain capability repository, and supply chain information dissemination to targeted industries which includes aerospace, advanced composites and materials, biotechnology, and renewable energy industries.

Prior to working for Maine MEP, Steve was an executive and training leader for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He worked previously for Maine MEP as a project manager and for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) as a development officer.

Steve is a graduate of Tufts University with a Master's degree in urban and environmental planning, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in English and journalism. He received Six Sigma Training at Villanova University, as well as Supply Chain Strategy & Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Steve is involved in volunteer efforts, tutoring refugees in Portland.

Paul Williamson
Walden Renewables

Paul is the primary contact for Downeast Wind with Apex Clean Energy. Paul joined Apex in 2015 and manages its projects in Maine and other areas of New England. Paul is a native resident of Maine and has worked in the wind industry since 2008. His prior experience includes seeking economic growth areas for companies and employees through the nonprofit Maine and Ocean Wind Industry Initiative and working with Maine's workforce and economic development systems to enhance economic and employment development for boat builders and advanced composites material companies.

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