Registration closes at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 21st. If you are interested in registering after this time, please contact Harry Podolsky or call (207) 594-9209, x127. 

The Island Energy Conference (IEC) brings together 150 island leaders and energy experts to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to address these challenges.

This year’s event, Charting Transitions, will highlight how New England’s islands are charting the course toward a sustainable energy future, mapping out their transitions to clean energy systems that strengthen local communities and economies.

The seventh annual IEC will take place at Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland, ME on Friday, April 28, 2017, with a special kick-off reception on Thursday, April 27, and a trip to Monhegan Island on Saturday, April 29. 

Click below for the full conference agenda and session descriptions:

PDF icon Conference Agenda

PDF icon Session Descriptions

Keynote Speaker

Tetsunari Iida
Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies

Tetsunari Iida

Tetsunari Iida is a leading authority on renewable energy, and a “Social Innovator” who has introduced Ecological Initiatives as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a non-profit and independent research institute. He has proposed nuclear-free energy policies, as well as community-based renewable energy projects in Japan as Secretary-General of the Japan Community Power Association. 

He played a central role as co-chair of the executive committee for the “1st World Community Power Conference” which was held in Fukushima city on November 3-4, 2016. The conference was the product of the joint efforts of ISEP, the Japan Community Power Association and the World Wind Energy Association. At the conference, Iida received the World Wind Energy Honorary Award 2016 for extraordinary personal achievements in his promotion of community power.

The ISEP and Island Institute are working with the Energy Academy in Samso, Denmark and others from around the world on sharing practical solutions to island energy challenges. 

Thank you to this year's partners and sponsors!

To learn more about how your business can join this great group of supporters, check out our sponsorship details below.











Event Details

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pre-Conference Stakeholder Meetings (Invite Only) — 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
At Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME

Networking Reception — 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Help us kick off this year's conference with a special reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Rising Tide Brewing Company, located in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood! Free admission, light appetizers and cash barPlease register to attend

Rising Tide is located at 103 Fox Street in Portland, across Franklin Street from Whole Foods. For a map and directions to the brewery, click here.

Co-hosts for the evening include Rising Tide, E2Tech, and Drive Electric Maine. E2Tech is Maine’s leading energy, environmental, and clean technology business and economic development organization, whose membership includes energy professionals and organizations from around Maine and New England.

Arrive at the event in style! The Drive Electric Maine EV stakeholder group will provide an electric vehicle shuttle service to and from our reception. Sign up for your free ride.* The Drive Electric Maine EV stakeholder group is co-managed by Maine Clean Communities, a program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and ReVision Energy’s EV Division.

*Pick-ups will be made at the Holiday Inn By The Bay starting at 4:45 p.m.

Reception sponsored by:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Join us for a full conference program, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, at Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland, Maine. 

Conference Agenda

Session Descriptions

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2017 Monhegan Island Site Visit

Space is currently full, but we may have the ability to add more spaces. Register for the full conference today, and add your name to the trip waitlist if you are interested in attending.

Join us on Saturday for a trip to Monhegan Island! This small island community, located 12 miles off the coast of Maine, is famous for its striking scenery, world-class birding, and singular character. Monhegan’s remote location creates a unique set of energy challenges, and residents have adopted innovative strategies to meet those challenges. Attendees will learn about recent upgrades to the island’s power station including its solar diesel hybrid system, and locally-driven energy efficiency and community planning efforts. For more information on Monhegan's energy projects, check out the most recent energy profile:  Monhegan Energy Profile

We will depart from Port Clyde, Maine on the Monhegan Boat Line’s Elizabeth Ann at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 29, and return the same day around 5:30 pm. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Port Clyde. Once on the island, our main mode of transportation will be walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  Lunch will be provided.

Extend your stay!
If you wish to stay on Monhegan for the weekend, you may make reservations with Shining Sails Bed & Breakfast on their website or by calling them at (207) 596-0041. (Note: the next regularly scheduled ferry to Port Clyde will depart the island on Monday, May 1, at 12:30 pm.) 


2017 Island Energy Conference Sponsorship Levels

Be a sponsor for this year's conference! It's a fantastic opportunity to promote your business and network with 150 energy leaders who are motivated to implement clean energy projects in their island and coastal communities.

For more information, contact Brooks Winner or call (207) 594-9209, x148.


To attend any of the conference's events, please register here by 11:00 p.m. on April 21, 2017.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Harry Podolsky, or call (207) 594-9209, x127.


Accommodations for this year's event will be offered at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in downtown Portland.  

Discounted Room Rate Available!
$125 per night for a double room. Ask for an Island Institute reserved room. 

Contact Sally Page at (207) 775-2311, x2141 or for details.