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Wednesday, November 18 7:30 a.m.
Portland Public Library
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Maine identifies as a clean energy state. Roughly 60 percent of the energy produced here comes from renewables: About half from hydro, half from wood-fired power plants and 10 percent from land-based wind. But the hydro and biomass plants are aging. Ambitions for offshore wind have largely stalled and natural gas has become the region’s dominate fuel source for electric generation. Against this backdrop, can Maine businesses fashion an energy future based on renewables and efficiency, and what are the political and economic obstacles?

On the panel:

Tony Buxton<

Tony Buxton

Tony W. Buxton serves as chair of the firm's Energy and Utilities Practice Group. Tony creates solutions to business energy problems, including the challenge of high-energy costs. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Tony served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army (Armor) and worked for future U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell. After law school, he co-founded the Energy Law Institute in Concord, New Hampshire, the nation's first renewable energy think tank. The Institute served the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the National Conference of State Legislatures and others in developing state and federal policies to encourage renewable energy.Tony then served as law clerk to the Honorable Hugh H. Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. Tony joined Preti Flaherty after completing his clerkship in 1980.

Bob Howe

Bob Howe

A frugal Maine native, Bob Howe built thermal shutters for his first home during the oil embargo of the 1970s and didn't understand why all his neighbors weren't doing the same. He was later trained as an energy auditor. He has managed housing rehabilitation and downtown revitalization programs. As a state legislator, he wrote and got enacted Maine's first building the contractor law for the protection of customers of insulation contractors. He and his wife have designed, built and lived in two highly energy-efficient homes, including their new zero energy home in Brunswick. He co-founded and serves as CEO of the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals. He is a partner in the Augusta-based governmental relations firm of Howe, Cahill & Company. Among the firm's clients is Constellation Energy, an Exelon Fortune 100 company. Bob holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Fortunat Mueller

Fortunat Mueller

He is co-founder of ReVision Energy, a solar installation company founded in 2006 that has completed more than 4,000 projects in northern New England. He holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed professional engineer and licensed solar thermal installer in Maine.

Ben Polito

Ben Polito

Ben Polito is president and co-founder of Pika Energy, which makes and sells residential renewable energy systems using wind and solar power. The company also develops microgrids.

William Strauss

William Strauss

William Strauss is the president and founder of FutureMetrics in Bethel, a consultancy for the wood pellet industry, and a co-founder of Maine Energy Services. The chief economist for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council in Washington, D.C., he also served on Gov. John Baldacci’s Wood-to-Energy Task force in 2008. Bill is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award.

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