Conference to be held on energy challenges for New England islands

Event Will Bring Together Experts & Residents from Year-round Island Communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Rhode Island to Discuss Community-based Energy Projects

Posted 2014-10-23

PORTLAND, ME—The Island Institute will host the Fifth Annual Island Energy Conference  on November 7th in Portland, Maine. The event will bring together energy experts and island leaders from New England’s year-round island communities and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to address those challenges. Topics to be discussed will include bulk purchasing of energy-efficient products and services, innovation on diesel-powered islands, island community-developer relations in offshore wind projects, and other issues related to efficiency and renewable energy projects on islands and islanded grids. The Island Institute will also announce the winner of its annual Island Energy Innovation Award.


The keynote speaker will be Dr. James F. Manwell  , Director of the Wind Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who will discuss how islands are informing national and international renewable energy research and development efforts.

Participating in panel discussions will be, among others:

  • Chris Rose, Founder, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, Anchorage, AK
  • Kord Christiansen, President, TDX Power, Anchorage, AK
  • Chris Sauer, President & CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company, Portland, ME
  • Adam Lee, Chairman of the Board, Lee Auto Malls, Auburn, ME
  • Søren Stensgard, Samsø Island, Denmark
  • Jake Ward, VP for Innovation and Economic Development, University of Maine
  • Linda Darveau, Portfolio Manager, EPA Region 1, Boston, MA
  • Bryan Wilson, Block Island Wind Farm Manager, Deepwater Wind, Providence, RI
  • Maura Adams, Program Director, Northern Forest Center, Concord, NH
  • Greg Dorsey, Project Director, Goggin Energy, Portland, ME
  • Energy experts and island leaders from Block Island, RI; Cuttyhunk, MA; Long Island, ME; Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Matinicus, ME; Monhegan, ME; Naushon, MA; North Haven, ME; Peaks Island, ME; Swan’s Island, ME; Vinalhaven, ME, and Star Island, NH

Friday, November 7th 9:00 am to 5:45 pm EST

Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Jason Mann, Media Director, Island Institute,  / (207) 653–8980