Annual Marine Energy Conference

OREC+MECC 2024 banner with foresty background

Leadership. Experience. Solutions.

Thank you for joining us for the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference and Marine Energy Collegiate Competition finals, May 20-23, 2024, 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. In addition, we congratulate all the MECC teams for their excellent presentations and all the hard work they've accomplished over the past year. It was truly inspiring to learn from you all!

Stay tuned here for more information on OREC 2025, and learn more about the Marine Energy Collegiate Competition at the MECC home page.

OREC+MECC 2024 Schedule

MECC Finals May 20-22

OREC Sessions May 21-22

OREC Workshops May 23


Many thanks to our 2024 sponsors who help make this event possible.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 48 logo
Energy Trust of Oregon

Agenda Topics

Full agenda and Speakers list now available. Agenda topics include:

  • Renewable energy: delivering economic development benefits
  • Intersection of ocean-based applications and emerging climate tech movement
  • Regulatory task force: Learning from Canada
  • PacWave updates and Launch Workshop/discussions
  • DC policy updates
  • Blue Economy spotlight: Aquaculture
  • Marine energy testing / TEAMER
  • The role of environmental effects research in moving the industry forward
  • Policy brief on support of responsible, rapid, and just U.S. marine renewable energy development
  • Industry spotlight
  • Marine energy data collection, processing, and analysis

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. 



Get the best of both worlds Portland has to offer: book a hotel downtown near the red/blue Max line, then ride the train up into the wooded hills around the World Forestry Center.

Advice from the organizers: Here are three nearby hotels to consider, but there are many others on the red/blue Max line that would provide quick and convenient access to the venue

The Bidwell Marriott

520 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
(503) 226-6300

Dossier Hotel

750 SW Alder St, Portland, OR
(503) 294-9000

Hotel deLuxe

729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR
(503) 219-2094

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