BOSTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Massachusetts' Clean Energy Week, to be held November 2-5, 2010 in Boston, will showcase why Massachusetts is now the second-leading clean-energy state in the U.S. according to a recent report commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The annual Clean Energy Week will include one- and two-day conferences, anchored by the Sixth Annual Conference on Clean Energy, New England's largest clean energy conference, as well as a bevy of panels, including the first-ever career growth panel.
A new feature of the week is the Career Growth panel, which will be held on November 4, from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m., and will focus on hiring practices, clean energy job openings, and clean energy career tracks, and is being spearheaded by Jen Boudrie, an Instructional Designer and director of the Massachusetts Green Career Conference. Panelists for this session include Kevin Doyle, principal, Green Economy; Chris Russell, president, Green Job Spider; and additional panelists from energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations to be announced.
"Massachusetts has risen to the top of the pack of states leading the clean energy industry in the United States because our state's leadership is devoted to this vital industry," said Patrick Cloney, executive director, MassCEC. "Support from Governor Patrick and the Legislature has been vital in making Massachusetts a state that has everything a clean energy company needs to grow and succeed."
Clean Energy Week will also host four conferences during the week, including the following:
- New England MREC Technical Conference: This one-day event on November 2 will highlight the latest advances in marine renewable energy technology. Technical presentations will focus on ocean wave, tide, and wind generation technologies. Last year, 35 speakers from all over the globe presented their work.
- Sixth Annual Conference on Clean Energy: The cornerstone event for Clean Energy Week, the Conference on Clean Energy (November 3-4) will showcase 40 emerging cleantech companies presenting their technology approaches for areas such as BioEnergy, Portable Power, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Electric Vehicle and Solid State Lighting, among others. The event will feature investors, late stage companies, market leaders and entrepreneurs in the clean energy community. Keynote speakers include Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind, and Stan Kowalski, chairman of FloDesign. The MassCEC is a platinum sponsor of this Conference.
- 18th Annual U.S.-Canada Energy Trade and Technology Conference: This event – one of the major annual North American energy events – will be held on November 4-5 and will focus on opportunities and challenges facing New England and Eastern Canada. Topics include clean energy investments, renewable energy, new technologies, energy infrastructure, and trade opportunities.
- CleanTech Venture Day: This one-day event will be held on November 5, and will aim to assist European clean tech companies in exploring opportunities in the U.S. During this event, European clean tech companies will present to American venture capitalists, corporate investors and potential business partners.
In addition, the Museum of Science will hold a renewable energy fair on November 6 and 7 in their exhibit halls and will have energy-themed shows on November 5 and 8.
"Clean Energy Week is designed to raise the visibility and illustrate the leadership of Massachusetts in clean technology and energy," said Abigail Barrow, founding director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), which is a co-organizer of the event. "This year's events are bigger, broader and include sessions that focus on the hottest technologies, burning issues, and growth strategies, arming emerging companies in New England with the information, best practices, and insight they need to continue bringing clean technology innovation to fruition."
The conferences will also welcome a number of international visitors during Clean Energy Week including delegations from Canada, Norway, Israel, France and the U.K.
For more information and to view the full agenda, please visit the Clean Energy Week web site.
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About the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center was created in 2004 as a program in the Massachusetts Economic Stimulus Bill. Its goal is to support technology transfer activities from public and private research institutions to companies in Massachusetts. To achieve this goal, the Center works with technology at Massachusetts research institutions; faculty, researchers, and students who have commercially promising ideas; and companies across the Commonwealth.
About the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition
The Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, formed in 2004, is an industry association focused on accelerating the success of Massachusetts companies and organizations developing and deploying hydrogen, fuel cell and related technologies. The Coalition achieves its objectives by pursuing several initiatives, including promoting member companies, representing member companies at conferences, holding educational forums, identifying funding and market opportunities, and promoting industry interests with state and national governments.
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