On Thursday, December 13, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) will hold a forum on design, installation and operation of cost-effective geothermal energy systems in Maine. The program will take place at the Wishcamper Center at University of Southern Maine in Portland. There will be a networking breakfast from 7:15 to 8 p.m. The presentation and discussion will run from 8 to 10 a.m.

Geothermal energy systems are said to have the potential to power, heat and cool homes and businesses across Maine. The forum will include a discussion of the types of systems, advice on financial incentives and payback scenarios, and an explanation of the the benefits of and barriers to their use. Panelists include Martin Orio, president of New England Geothermal Professional Association and vice president of Water Energy Distributors; Tim Weber, commercial manager of NextEnergy USA; Bill Morgner, president and co-owner of Mid-Coast Energy Systems; and Paul Bradbury, airport director at Portland International Jetport.

For more information on the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), visit www.e2tech.org.