Past NECEC Events

Kick-start your Startup
Wednesday, December 4, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Grant Thornton, Boston, MA


Grant Thornton, New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE), and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) co-sponsored a networking breakfast and interactive program featuring guest speakers from Mintz Levin, Harris Williams & Co., Grant Thornton and Cleantech Open. Speakers covered a variety of topics including business law, tax law, M&A and investment considerations for early-stage clean energy companies.

Looking Forward to the Utility of the Future
Friday, November 1, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM | National Grid, Lincoln, RI

This event discussed how utilities make grid modernization investment decisions and what kind of regulatory framework utilities need to make those investments.

2013 NECEC Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM | McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Woburn, MA

 Members & Sponsors met to chart the course of the next year for NECEC and participate in discussions on a variety of topics - from policy and innovation to strategic partners and access to capital.

Advancing Federal Clean Energy Policy

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM | WilmerHale, Boston, MA

Presented in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ clean energy program, this event featured an interactive policy discussion with the clean energy business community on pending federal policy issues moving into the fall session.

First Annual Cleantech Battle of the Bands
Monday, September 9, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM | Boston Center for the Arts
Four cleantech bands competed for our coveted trophy in this industry-wide competition, co-sponsored by EnerNOC.

New England Legislative Session Roundup
Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Boston, MA | Goodwin Procter

NECEC's state coordinators gave a comprehensive overview of clean energy policy initiatives the emerged from the 2013 legislative sessions in each of the New England states, and perspectives on what legislation will mean moving forward. Handout from this event [PDF].

Next Steps for Solar in Massachusetts and Beyond
Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Boston, MA | Mintz Levin

This panel discussion addressed several issues relating to solar financing at the state, regional, and national level. View slides from this event here.

2nd Annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Boston, MA | EPA New England Headquarters

Massachusetts Clean Energy Day showcased the growing vitality of the clean energy industry in Massachusetts and the importance of consistent policy support as a means of catalyzing the state’s - and our region’s - economy

NECEC Institute's Cleantech Innovations New England Program Pitch/Panel Session & Technology Showcase

March 5, 2013, 4:45PM - 7:30PM | US EPA, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA

Following a day of training sessions, entrepreneurs had an opportunity to give pitches to a panel of industry experts. 

Maine Clean Energy Day
March 21, 2013 | State House, Augusta, ME

At the inaugural Maine Clean Energy Day fifteen clean energy executives met with legislative leadership and members of key committees, including both Chairs of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. The day’s legislative meetings followed an E2Tech morning forum, “Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature,” co-hosted by NECEC and the Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Connecticut Clean Energy Day
January 24, 2013 | State Capitol, Hartford, CT

At the first ever Connecticut Clean Energy Day more than twenty executives from member companies met with legislators on key committees, including Appropriations, Energy and Technology, and Finance. 

Update and Outlook on Tax Landscape for Clean Energy
January 31st, 2013, 8:30AM - 10:30AM | Offices of Grant Thornton, Boston, MA

This second NECEC Policy Series event discussed tax policies, including REITs, MLPs, and outlook for tax reform in 2013 and a review of 2012's ARRA program.

Monetizing the Savings from Energy Efficiency Projects
November 29th, 2012 8:30AM - 10:30AM | Offices of Foley Hoag, Boston, MA

Financiers have traditionally been hesitant to finance energy efficiency projects, despite those projects' demonstrable success. This event explored mechanisms and tactics to facilitate the financing of energy efficiency projects.

5th Annual Green Tie Gala
November 15th, 2012 6:00PM - 10:00PM | InterContinental Boston

Over 400 attendees from the private and public sectors gathered to celebrate a year of growth in the clean energy industry, and to honor this year's Gala award-winning companies and individuals.  

Policy Series Launch 

Charting a Course for Clean Energy, Post-Election
November 8th, 2012 8:00AM - 10:00AM | Offices of Holland & Knight, Boston, MA

This event launched NECEC's new Policy Series. The November 8th panel provided key insights into the political climate moving forward through lame-duck and into 2013.

NECEC's 3rd Annual Meeting
October 15th, 2012 1:00PM - 4:30PM

2012 meeting of our Membership, featuring an update on the state of the clean energy industry, as well as our programs and initiatives for 2013.

Finance Series #8 

The Ramifications of the JOBS Act on Clean Energy Financing and IPOs
July 18th, 8:00AM - 10:30AM | Offices of Ernst & Young, Boston, MA 

Signed into law this Spring, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act is intended to encourage funding of U.S. small businesses by easing various securities regulations. The panel addressed various options for funding, including going public, seeking venture capital, and the latest tactic – crowdfunding.


The International Trade Market for Clean Energy Companies
June 28th, 8:30AM - 11:00AM, | MOITI, Boston, MA 

The demand for clean energy and energy efficiency products, services, and solutions is rising rapidly in multiple international markets, presenting opportunities for New England companies competing in the clean energy space. The panelists addressed issues relevant to entrepreneurs wishing to sell and market their services in other countries.

Leading Clean Energy Ventures Program Close & Graduation Reception
May 16th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM | BU School of Management


The final networking event in the Leading Clean Energy Ventures Program celebrated the Fellows’ achievements this year.

Finance Series Event #7

The Project Finance Market for Small and Mid-Sized Projects


April 19th, 8:00AM - 10:30AM | Boston, MA


The current market for project financing can be tricky, particularly for small and mid-sized projects. This panel tackled issues important to cleantech entrepreneurs and prospective financiers.


Leading Clean Energy Ventures Networking Reception
March 20th, 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Boston, MA

This networking event provided an opportunity to connect with the 2012 graduating class of the Leading Clean Energy Ventures Program and learn more about their Capstone projects. 


Clean Energy Day at the Massachusetts State House
March 13th, 1:00PM - 6:00PM | Boston, MA

With over 200 attendees, the first ever Clean Energy Day at the Massachusetts State House showcased the broad range of clean energy businesses across the Commonwealth, and the job growth the industry provides to our local economy. Business leaders connected with industry colleagues and met with local representatives and ohter important energy policy makers. Click here for a video from this event.

Clean Energy Transmission Summit
January 23rd, 9:00AM - 4:30PM | Boston, MA

This event, co-sponsored by the Conservation Law Foundation and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid explored the challenges the region faces in upgrading its electricity grid to prepare for an increasing amount of renewable energy.

Finance Series Event #6

Financing With Large Strategics
December 13th 8:00am-10:00am | Boston, MA

For cleantech companies, taking money from large strategic investors raises important questions and poses certain challenges. This panel explored the benefits and drawbacks of large strategic investors, with panelists representing both the strategic and the cleantech company perspective. 

4th Annual Green Tie Gala
November 2, 6:00-10:00pm | Moakley Courthouse, Boston, MA
More than 400 attendees from the private and public sectors gathered to celebrate the continuing progress of the clean energy industry, and to honor this year's Gala award-winning companies and individuals. Click here to see the award winners.

2011 Annual Meeting

October 26, 8:00am-12:00pm | Boston, MA

This annual event is open exclusively to NECEC Sponsors and Members. The morning featured an update from NECEC President Peter Rothstein, as well as three panel sessions on pressing clean energy topics.

Doing Business with the Department of Defense

October 19, 8:30am-11:00am | Lowell, MA

This October 19th event was hosted by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, in partnership with the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), on Department of Defense procurement opportunities for clean energy companies.

Attendees heard from experienced business executives as well as DoD officials about the latest green acquisition mandates, what's happening locally on green procurement, and learned how you can find and access contracting opportunities.

2011 DC Fly-in
July 13-14
The New England Clean Energy Council, along with the Clean Economy Network, jointly brought nearly 100 clean energy executives to DC for two days of meetings with members of Congress from both houses, executive agencies, think tanks and more. Click here to read the joint NECEC/CEN policy priorities document, or here to view the NECEC's full federal policy positions. And for photos from the event, click here.

Making it Happen: Funding, Infrastructure, and Real Estate for Clean Energy Startups
June 13 | 8:00-10:00am
This panel focused on the challenges that clean energy startups face in moving to the next stage of company growth. Expert panelists will explore how to successfully navigate business expansion in the clean energy sector, emphasizing the real estate and infrastructure challenges of scale, and the opportunity for early-stage public sector partnerships. This event was sponsored by T3 Advisors and Dacon Corporation. 

Finance Series #5: Financing Innovative Clean Energy Technologies
June 9 | 8:00-10:00am

On June 9th, over sixty-five clean energy professionals attended the Council's Finance Series entitled "Financing Innovative Clean Energy Technologies."  Thank you to our sponsors PwC and Goodwin Procter for making this event a success.  Watch highlights from the panel here.

REEBA and NECEC Joint Event
April 29

The New England Clean Energy Council and REEBA held our first joint event in Hartford Connecticut. Commissioner Dan Esty was the keynote speaker and spoke about the new clean energy legislation and policies Connecticut is putting in place to accelerate the state's clean energy economy.

 Final Fellowship Networking Reception
April 27 | Mintz Levin

The final networking event in the Leading Clean Energy Ventures Program celebrated the Fellows' achievements during the program and provided another opportunity to connect with this exceptional Fellowship class and the Council community.

Finance Series #4 - Getting A Grasp On Customer Finance
April 12 | 8:00-10:00am | Bingham McCutchen, 1 Federal St., Boston

This panel was sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and Bingham McCutchen. The panel provided an overview on the challenges and possible solutions with customer financing. Click here to view some highlights.

Connecticut Networking Event with REEBA & Dan Esty
April 12 | 5:00-7:00pm | Rocky Hill Marriott, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT

This networking event celebrated the New England Clean Energy Council's collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association (REEBA), a Connecticut-based group. The evening featured Keynote Speaker Dan Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

Task Force: Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020
April 11 | 3:00-5:00pm | WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston

This working session is open only to Sponsors and Members. For more information or to register, click here.

Leading Clean Energy Ventures Networking Reception
March 9 | 5:30-8:30pm | Goodwin Procter, LLP, Exchange Place, Boston, MA

The Leading Clean Energy Ventures Networking Reception offered Sponsors & Members an opportunity to connect with Fellows from our Executive Certificate program, venture investors, clean energy company executives, and clean energy company service providers.

Finance Series #3 - “REC Markets and Your Bottom Line”
November 30, 2010

With the current lack of national policy supporting the clean energy industry, Renewable Energy Credits (REC) play an ever-increasing role in funding clean energy projects and companies. Learn more about this panel.

2010 Green Tie Gala
November 4, 2010

Over 400 members of New England's clean energy community attended its annual black tie celebration: the Clean Energy Council's 3rd Annual Green Tie Gala. To learn about this year's award winners Satcon Technology Corporation; Harvest Power; Ameresco, Inc.; Akamai Technologies; Jim Gordon; Nick d'Arbeloff click here. To view photos from the event, click here. A special thank you to Gala sponsors Deloitte, Polachi, U.S. Trust, and William Gallagher Associates.


Finance Series #2: “Understanding the Structure of Your Deal”
October 27, 2010

The ownership structure of clean energy projects involve tax, legal, and due diligence considerations. Is it better to structure your project as a partnership, lease, or sale or to seek VC financing?  At this panel experts discussed the various components that a project manager should consider when structuring a new deal. Learn more about this panel.

2010 Annual Meeting
October 19, 2010

In October, the Clean Energy Council held its first-ever Annual Meeting at the Westin Waltham. In addition to an update from President Peter Rothstein, the day featured talks by market anlaysts and academics as well as a series of roundtable discussions on priorities for the Clean Energy Council.

2010 Member Mixer
July 28, 2010

The Clean Energy Council held its annual Member Mixer at Bingham McCutchen in 2010. The evening reception offered a chance for the clean energy community to network as well as to hear updates on Clean Energy Council programs and initiatives.

2010 CEO D.C. Fly-in
May 11-12, 2010

Each spring, the Council brings a group of C-level executives and investors to Washington D.C. for a series of meetings on Capitol Hill and with executive agencies.  On May 11th and 12th 2010, the Council successfully executed its second annual CEO D.C. Fly-in. More than 50 executives and investors participated in meetings with Congressional Members from both parties and both chambers, as well as with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce. Learn more.

Finance Series #1: The Resurrection of Project Finance
March 18, 2010

A lack of capital is a recurrent theme across all clean energy sectors. Please join us as a panel of experts discuss considerations that project developers need to make in today’s market, including various sources of capital, financial incentives and debt and equity structures. Learn more about this panel.