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Creating conditions to accelerate the clean energy economy

• The energy and clean technologies industry is in a period of rapidly evolving change and growth in the Northeast. But how can the region evolve as a leading center for cleantech innovation and a clean energy economy, and what areas of expertise are needed for successful cleantech entrepreneurs?

April 6, 2015
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And what are the implications for the evolving role of utilities, and for entrepreneurs in electricity grid modernization?

Those questions will be addressed during a talk by Peter Rothstein, president of the New England Clean Energy Council, a regional nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the region’s clean energy economy. Rothstein’s talk, “Accelerating the Northeast’s Energy ,” will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. in Higgins Labs 218.

Rothstein’s talk is part of the continuing seminar series sponsored by the Energy Sustainability Project Center. Wednesday’s program is the fifth in the center’s seminar series on topics relating sustainability to the need for economical energy sources across the world.

“New England has a rich heritage of technological innovation followed up by manufacturing those products right here,” says ECE professor John Orr, who heads the Energy Sustainability Project Center. “Clean energy is a great area where we are well positioned to continue that tradition.”

Rothstein has many years of venture, entrepreneurial, and executive experience across the cleantech venture market. He is actively involved in a range of leading cleantech organizations, including previous roles on the National Renewable Energy Lab’s VC Advisory Board and with the MIT Deshpande Center.

NECEC is a regional business organization representing and supporting hundreds of clean energy companies and entrepreneurs throughout New England and the Northeast. The organization was formed in late 2006 when leaders in the Massachusetts clean energy industry saw the need for a regional business association to convene clean energy stakeholders dedicated to growing the state’s and the region’s clean energy economy.

NECEC’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Industry Development activities are funded through NECEC Institute, NECEC’s non-profit arm dedicated to developing the region’s cleantech cluster.