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03/12/2017 - 1:28pm

A solar eruptive prominence as seen in extreme UV light on March 30 2010 with Earth superimposed for a sense of scale image Credit to NASA and SDOYou may have heard of solar storms in earth science or geophysics classes in school, right?

03/12/2017 - 11:59am

Jeff Marks Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine or E2Tech by Kay MannAs part of the forum hosted by the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) on March 3, 2017, Executive Director Jeff Marks delivered an update on the status of the&

03/11/2017 - 5:45pm

On March 3, 2017, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine hosted a forum in Augusta, entitled, “Playing Matchmaker- Aligning Energy Challenges with Compatible Policies”. The forum addressed the following questions: What are the most important energy challenges facing the State of Maine?

02/04/2017 - 9:22pm

smart meter photo by Kay MannOn January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a decision on proposed rule changes regarding customer net energy billing. The following information comes from the MPUC’s press release on the announcement.

12/11/2016 - 6:02pm

Vicki Chase Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur Ben Lake and Judy Gates speak on a transportation panel at the E2Tech Expo in November 2016 at the University of Southern Maine photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) hosted its second annual E2Tech Expo at the Univ

12/11/2016 - 4:42pm

 Dan Bosley the Government Relations Executive for the Northeast Clean Energy Council speaks on a panel about New Englands Wholesale Electricity markets as John Carroll of Avangrid and Brian Foresaw listen photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, the Environmental and Ener

12/11/2016 - 12:56pm

Nathan Smith Darrell Henry Jason Smith and David Meyer speak on energy policy panel at E2Tech Expo 2016 photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, E2Tech hosted its second annual expo at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

11/13/2016 - 1:23pm

Image from 2015 E2Tech Expo courtesy of E2TechThe second annual E2TECH EXPO on November 17 will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S.

10/16/2016 - 4:56pm

workers installing solar panels image courtesy of Natural Resources Council of MaineThe news on Maine’s solar industry is mixed these days and shows no sign of settling on a clear trajectory, at least this week.

Professional Services News

MPUC Defers Decision on Net Metering Rule Changes
01/08/2017 - 1:51pm

Photo of Mark Vannoy courtesy of the Maine Public Utilities CommissionOn December 19, 2016, the Maine Public Utilities Commission announced a delay in handing down a decision about a controversial set of proposed rule changes to Maine’s net metering law.

Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy was quoted as saying, ”This is an important rule and more time is needed to consider the proposed rule in light of the comments we received to ensure that the rule treats all ratepayers in a fair manner. It remains clear that changes in technology and costs of small renewable generation, particularly solar photo-voltaic, require a careful review of the current rule and potential modifications."

The 128th Maine Legislature, which has just opened it 2017 session, will also be considering changes to net metering laws.

Read more in Mainebiz and read the announcement on the MPUC website.

Photo of Mark Vannoy courtesy of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Energy Director Woodcock Resigns
12/12/2016 - 6:42pm


Patrick Woodcock, former director of the Maine Governors Energy Office photo by Kay MannOn November16, 2016, the Portland Press Herald reported that Patrick Woodcock, the Director of Maine’s Governor’s Energy Office, planned to resign as of December 9. Woodcock cited the “broken” system in Augusta, in which special interest lobbyists are largely driving energy policy, as his main reason for stepping down. No replacement has as yet been named.

Read the full story in the Portland Press Herald.

Photo by Kay Mann

REAP Awards Sow Seeds of Energy Investment
05/20/2016 - 10:18pm

hands forking over money with a spading fork image by Harold RobertsOn May 11, 2016, The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) announced the winners of its latest round of Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants.

Development Assistance Awards went to:

The Greater Portland Council of Governments: $100,000 to identify renewable energy technologies for agricultural producers and rural small businesses and promote energy programs.

and:

The College of the Atlantic: $64,650 to educate Hancock County business owners and agricultural producers about solar energy options and solutions.

The USDA Rural Development program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.

Read about the development awards in Mainebiz.

E2Tech Hosts its First Expo Oct. 1
09/28/2015 - 9:45pm

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine E2TechThe Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Events include keynotes from a Fortune 50 company and a venture capital firm; its first-ever “E2Tech Talks” on Maine’s local and global food movements; a high-level plenary panel on cleantech markets, technologies, and public policies; workshops on energy policy, workforce development & career connections, sustainability in the supply chain, and cluster development and seed funding; and dozens of tables featuring environmental and energy companies, products, services, and resources.

You may see the agenda and register here.

E2Tech Garners SBA Grant
08/28/2015 - 9:45am

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of MaineOn August 4, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it would provide $50,000 in grants to the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, known as E2Tech, to help support its efforts to accelerate key programs, including:

  • Studying the ripple effect of clean-energy development in expanding Maine’s manufacturing supply chains;
  • Convening an “E2Tech Expo” this fall on the state of Maine’s energy, environmental, and cleantech sector;
  • Increasing Maine entrepreneurs’ access to the New England Clean Energy Council’s Navigate Northeast network and concierge services;
  • Reaching entrepreneurs further north and downeast; and
  • Attracting more startups to co-locate with its offices in downtown Portland.

Green Energy Maine congratulates E2Tech. Please enjoy a brief video about the organization here and read the full article in the Portland Press Herald. Watch for details about the Oct. 1 Expo on our calendar page.

Image courtesy of E2Tech.

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