Months after welcoming a new executive director, the Portland-based energy consortium, E2Tech will mark its 10th year on Sept. 20 with innovation awards and a presentation on energy trends.
Jeff Marks, who now heads E2Tech, says he came from the Washington D.C.-based United Technologies to work in the state energy office under Gov. John Baldacci. Now, he says, he's looking forward to working with members of the organization "on the cutting edge of environmental engineering and energy technology."
"There's a lot that's happened in this sector in the past 10 years and I think it can only grow in the next decade," Marks says.
To recognize those standout innovators, Marks says that E2Tech will for the first time honor three "E2 Can Do!" awards to members in the private, public and education sectors.
Marks said the anniversary event will also feature a market outlook from energy sector expert Grant Ferrier, the president of Environmental Business International Inc. Ferrier is scheduled to present an assessment of the latest market statistics, business trends and his take on sectors of the energy market that will take off over the next decade.
Looking ahead to his own leadership in the sector, Marks said that his 160-member organization is "in a good position to play a central coordinating role to push this sector further along."
And that's not limited just to innovations in the business realm. On Sept. 13, E2Tech held the first debate between the three major candidates for Maine's open U.S. Senate race, including Democrat Cynthia Dill, unenrolled candidate Angus King and Republican Charlie Summers.