“A conference of this scale ‘really cements Massachusetts’ reputation as a clean energy leader,’ said Peter Shattuck, director of the Massachusetts office of Acadia Center, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization.

‘It puts the Massachusetts companies on display,’ Shattuck said, pointing to a recent report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center showing that the clean energy industry in the state grew by 12 percent in 2015, employing about 100,000 people. ‘It’s not a given that cleantech will set up shop here. They need to seize opportunity for companies investing billions to relocate to a place like Boston.'”