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Oregon BEST FEST 2014

September 15, 2014, 1:00pm — September 16, 2014, 4:00pm

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR,

The Northwest's Premier Cleantech Innovation Conference! Oregon BEST FEST convenes university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and others to envision, build, and accelerate solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon.

The two-day, hands-on gathering in Portland, Oregon focuses on collaborative research, development, and commercialization of clean technologies.

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Water Innovation Summit

September 23, 2014, 12:00pm — September 24, 2014, 3:00pm

Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, Berkeley, CA,

Cleantech Group is accelerating and sustaining the water innovation ecosystem with an exclusive, executive retreat for the industry’s top thought leaders.

Now is the time to start thinking about  and doing something about investment into smart water technologies and infrastructure. Looking at the years ahead, we foresee that 1) water pricing will increase to more realistic levels, 2) hidden costs will start to become more visible – especially to corporations and 3) businesses will start sweating the risks to reputation, product quality, up-time, and supply chain. The opportunities in water are huge  but so are the challenges and risks.  This intimate, executive summit will bring together the key stakeholders and facilitate a collaboration with the goal of creating actionable, concrete "to-dos" for the industry.

An invitation-only one and a half day summit, we aim to bring together top investors, utility executives, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and public sector leaders to focus on three innovation themes: Smart water, Resource recovery, and water re-use.  

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Oregon Solar Energy Conference

September 24, 2014, 8:00am — September 25, 2014, 5:00pm

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR,

The region's largest professional solar training conference.

The Oregon Solar Energy Conference (OSEC) is the perfect venue for experienced solar professionals, sales persons, project managers, architects, engineers and those new to the industry to sharpen their skills, sell more installations, earn continuing education units, and network with other professionals.

This two-day event will have courses offering Continuing Education for Electricians, LRTs, Apprentices, Architects, Engineers, and NABCEP Professionals. Learn about exciting new solar products at the Professional Trade Show.

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Ocean Renewable Energy Conference

September 24, 2014, 8:00am — September 25, 2014, 5:30pm

The Leftbank Annex, 101 North Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97227,

The Ocean Renewable Energy Conference, now in its ninth year, is the gathering place for world leaders deeply committed to moving this industry forward. This year the conference will focus on assessing where the industry is today and what it will take to go the distance.

Building a new industry is hard work. It takes vision, creativity and staying the course. OWET, with its partner organization, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), has an international reputation for championing creative policies and initiatives, new technologies, and programs that emphasize streamlining conditions to getting projects in the water. These credentials, along with Oregon’s natural advantages, have positioned the state as a global leader in the drive to commercialize ocean renewable energy.

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September 27, 2014, 8:00am — October 01, 2014, 6:00pm

New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA,

Join Oregon BEST at WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference - and the largest annual event for water quality professionals.

WEFTEC is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, WEFTEC’s massive show floor provides unparalleled access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services.

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September 30, 2014, 7:30am — October 01, 2014, 6:00pm

San Mateo Marriott, 1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402,

The GLOBAL 1000 Meet | Partner | Deal Portfolio Showcase + Conference is a unique Transaction Network and conference series.

G1000MPD WEST brings together Fortune 500/Global 1000 corporates from Corporate Venture Capital (CVC), Open Innovation, External Partnering, Business Development, M&A, Tech/Startup Scouting, Research, and Licensing groups looking for transactions with innovative, research-intensive startups and SME companies from verified Portfolio Holders: VCs, Angels, Universities, National and State governments with startup funding programs, and Accelerators and Incubators, who have world-class companies in their portfolios and would like to do significant deals with the Fortune 500/Global 1000.

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Event Category: Conferences

Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations

October 24, 2014, 8:30am — 5:30pm

University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209,

The CUB Policy Center, in partnership with the University of Oregon School of Law, is pleased to announce its third annual policy conference: Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations.

This all-day conference will explore the challenges and opportunities
facing the utility industry in the Pacific NW as the federal government introduces
new regulations to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The program is
specifically designed to educate utility analysts, policy analysts, attorneys,
industry professionals, stakeholders, and others.

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Event Category: Conferences

NREL Industry Growth Forum

October 28, 2014, 7:00am — October 29, 2014, 6:00pm

Denver, CO,

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) 27th Annual Industry Growth Forum will feature presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels led by thought leaders, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities.

Since the Forum began, it has grown to be the perfect venue for growing companies to prepare, refine, and present their businesses to a wide range of investors. Each year, the best presenters are awarded cash prizes and commercialization services from NREL. This focus on clean energy innovation is having an impact on the industry—since 2003, the presenting prototype, pre-commercial, and expanding cleantech companies who have presented have collectively raised more than $5 billion in growth financing.

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National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid

May 26, 2015, 8:00am — May 28, 2015, 6:00pm

Washington, D.C.,

The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid® is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications.

It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response and smart grid, who discuss with each other and with the audience the latest trends, issues, and business developments. The National Town Meeting also features panel discussions, case studies, and presentations of best practices. Another hallmark is attendee engagement, whether through Q&A sessions with top business leaders and policymakers, through formal electronic voting, or through the National Town Meeting’s reception and other networking sessions.

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SOAR Oregon Innovation Day

August 22, 2014, 7:30am — 5:30pm

Interested in learning about Aerial Robotics?

Check out Innovation Day sponsored by Intel on Aug 22nd in Bend, Oregon. This event will have three sessions:

Pre-Registration is required to each of the sessions.

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