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Annual Marine Energy Conference

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference 2023, June 21-22, Portland, OR at the World Forestry Center

Leadership. Experience. Solutions.

Welcome back to the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference. OREC 2023 took place June 21-22, 2023, at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. Sessions and discussion focused on a broad range of subjects describing the marine energy sector and included opportunities to stay up to date on key developments such as testing infrastructure and Blue Economy opportunities.

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Many thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible.

Energy Trust of Oregon
Oregon Department of Energy vertical
Thompson Metal Fab logo

Agenda at a Glance

See below for OREC's run of show, list of speakers, and presentations from those who have approved distribution of their slides.

8 a.m. – Registration

9 a.m. – Welcome to OREC

9:15 a.m. – Regional Energy Discussion

  • Bill Henry, POET – moderator
  • Adam Schultz, California ISO (PPT)
  • Jason Sierman, Oregon Department of Energy (PDF)
  • Andy Eiden, Portland General Electric (PPT)

10:15 a.m. – Break

10:45 a.m. – University Programs and Opportunities – UMERC, ORISE, MECC

  • Samantha Quinn, POET – moderator (PPT)
  • Allison Johnson, U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office (PDF)
  • Arielle Cardinal, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (PPT)

12 p.m. – Lunch

1 p.m. – Blue Economy Spotlight – Ocean Observation

  • Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – moderator
  • Ben McGilton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (PPT)
  • Senu Sirnivas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (PDF)
  • Ruth Branch, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PPT)
  • Rob Cavagnaro, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PPT)
  • Tim Mundon, Oscilla Power
  • Kristi Terrasa, C-Power (PDF)

2:30 p.m. – Environmental Panel

  • Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory –moderator (PPT)
  • Justin Klure, Pacific Energy Ventures
  • Cameron Fisher, 48 North Solutions, Inc. (PPT)
  • Mikaela Freeman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PPT)
  • Denis Nault, U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office
  • Jason Busch, POET (PPT)

3:45 p.m. – Break

4 p.m. – PacWave Update

  • Dan Hellin, PacWave

4:30 p.m. – WPTO and D.C. Update

  • Beth Hartman, U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office (PPT)
  • Paul Gay, SMI
  • Damian Kunko, SMI

5:30 p.m. – Evening Reception

Venue / Location

World Forestry Center – Portland, Oregon


Interior of Miller Hall. Nestled in the trees of Portland's West Hills, the World Forestry Center adjoins 5200-acre Forest Park, with hiking trails, gardens, and other natural attractions. 


Photos from past ORECs…

The next Ocean Renewable Energy Conference is a ways off, but you can relive some of your favorite memories from conferences past in the meantime.


OREC 2022 in Portland, Oregon