Thank you for coming!

Although #ORECMECC2024 has ended, we want to thank all of you who made such a productive, successful, and enjoyable event possible: our speakers and panelists, sponsors, venue/catering/print partners, and of course, our guests. We can't wait to see you all again soon. Until then, safe travels, be well, and keep making more exciting progress and advancements to share at the event next year! 

<3 – The entire POET team

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 helped make this event possible.

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

Agenda, Speakers, and Slides

Below you'll find a list of the sessions and speakers from OREC+MECC 2024. We've also included copies of the speakers' slide decks when permitted.

7:45 a.m. – Registration

8:45 a.m. – Opening Comments

9:00 a.m. – Renewable Energy Today: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Bill Henry, POET – Moderator (slides)
  • Jason Eisdorfer, PNNL
  • Adam Schultz, California Independent System Operator
  • Nicole Hughes, Renewable Northwest

10:00 a.m. – Break

10:30 a.m. – Intersection of Ocean-Based Applications and the Emerging Climate Tech Movement

  • Cassidy Fisher, Washington Maritime Blue (slides)
  • Shannon Idso, PNNL (slides)
  • Katherine Krajnak, Prosper Portland (slides)
  • Vladimir Shepsis, Applied Ocean Energy Corp. (slides)

11:30 p.m. – Regulatory Task Force: Learning from Canada's Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE)

  • Lindsay Bennett, Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (slides)

12:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15 p.m. – PacWave Workshop

  • Samantha Quinn, POET – Moderator
  • Dan Hellin, PacWave (slides)
  • Thomas Boerner, CalWave
  • Sylas Horowitz, Littoral Power Systems (slides)
  • Alex Hagmuller, AquaHarmonics Inc. (slides)
  • Ryan Calder, C-Power (slides)
  • Sean Ryan, PacWave (slides)

4:00 p.m. – Break

4:15 p.m. – DC Policy Update

  • Samantha Quinn, POET – Moderator
  • Beth Hartman, WPTO (slides)
  • Paul Gay & Damian Kunko, SMI (slides)

5:00 p.m. – Reception and MECC Poster Session

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