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MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #7

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.

Moment #7: the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC)

One of my favorites was breakfast with  Hemant Taneja to explore my idea of forming a trade association to support the new clean energy industry (similar to biotech). He and I brought together the leading entrepreneurs and investors for a dinner ten years ago. Half the participants said it couldn't be done and bowed out. The other half of us formed what is now known as the Northeast Clean Energy Council, the leading organization of its type in the nation. It's been an incredible run.

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Thomas R. Burton, III

Member / Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Tom Burton has helped to shape the clean energy industry by drawing on his passion for innovation. As a Mintz attorney, Tom counsels investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 100 companies. He also guides start-up organizations and accelerators to foster the next generation of energy leaders.