The Program 2018 OREC


7:30am – 8:30am: Registration, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables

8:30am – 8:45am: Welcome Remarks and Introduction

Jason Busch, Executive Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, Co-Chair, Marine Energy Council

Special Video Message from Oregon U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley

8:45am – 9:00am: 2018 Captain Rick Williams Ocean Energy Leader Award Presentation

Rick Williams , Principal, Oregon Applied Research

Recipient to be announced

9:00am – 10:15am: West Coast Energy Policies and Their Effects on Energy Markets for Marine Renewables

West coast states and Hawaii are moving toward a renewable’s based future, but the path is bumpy and winding. Policy decisions are based on various priorities, reflecting local resource and economic realities. Carbon is a major driver, along with climate, environmental impacts, rising fossil fuel costs, the need to diversify economies, and other factors. This panel will review major policy trends and recent changes, with a goal of assessing how policies may affect the markets for marine renewables.

Speakers to be announced soon

10:15am – 10:45am: Networking Break

10:45am – 12:00pm: Federal Policies, Budgets, and Opportunities

Hear from federal leadership on the state of federal policies and budgets related to marine renewables.

Speakers to be announced soon

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch

12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunchtime Series: Inspirational International Viewpoint on How Well Renewables Are Progressing

Speaker to be announced

1:00pm – 1:15pm: The Importance of Local Leadership to the Success of Marine Renewables Projects

Marisa McNatt

1:15pm – 2:30pm: Wholesale Markets: IOUs, PUDs, CCAs, & ETCs: What’s Happening? Who’s Buying Generation?

Speakers to be announced soon

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm: The Science and Art of Permitting of Marine Renewable Energy Projects

Marine renewable energy projects are increasing in number, though still very limited overall. But successful deployments improve the permitting process through building familiarity both with the technologies and their actual impacts on the ocean and its users. This panel will explore some of the newest concepts and lessons learned from those deployments, such as data transferability, risk reduction, and applicability of one type of technology development for other technologies. The goal of this panel will be to help both MHK and OSW companies to more efficiently and effectively manage the permitting process.

Speakers to be announced soon

4:15pm – 5:30pm: Status of Technologies That Can Affect the Future of Marine Renewables

The terms “solar” and “storage” more frequently appear together as part of the solutions for a clean energy future. Other technologies and utility mechanisms are emerging, as well, that have the potential to impact the market for marine renewables. This panel will provide an update on those technologies to help marine renewable compete in the future.

Speakers to be announced soon

5:30pm: Closing Remarks and Adjourn for Day

5:30pm – 7:30pm: Conference Welcome Reception



Marine Hydrokinetic Track

8:50am – 9:00am: Opening Remarks

9:00am – 10:15am: MHK Technology Update

Here from the industry’s leading MHK technology developers about the status of their technologies and how they continue to advance their technologies towards commercialization.

Speakers to be announced soon

10:15am – 10:45am: Networking Break & Exhibits

10:45am – 12:00pm: Maritime Markets Deepdive: Hydrogen

Hydrogen markets already exist, and new uses and markets are developing. Is hydrogen generation from marine renewables a viable option that could increase the value of the energy, as well as provide a ready storage vector for “surplus renewable energy?”

Moderator: Ken Dragoon, Flink Energy

Speakers to be announced soon

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch 

1:15pm – 2:30pm: Serving Maritime Markets: The Role of Test Facilities

Test facilities and international standards development have primarily targeted grid markets for marine energy. Join us for a discussion among test facility operators and leaders in the standards community about how their activities can support and grow global maritime markets for marine energy.

Speakers to be announced soon

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm: Powering the Blue Economy

Marine renewable energy is a growing sector with significant economic, social, and environmental upsides. But this sector is part of a larger cluster of marine related industries that collectively constitute the “blue economy.” This panel will discuss the development of marine renewables within the context of the blue economy, and explore how marine renewables can build on this growing sector and contribute to its growth.

Speakers to be announced soon

4:15pm – 5:30pm: Looking for synergies: Opportunities to advance both sectors

How can the MHK and the Offshore Wind sectors work together? With current offshore wind projects in operation, what can the MHK community take from this path to commercialization. What synergies exist and how can both industries utilize each other to meet the challenges of marine renewable energy.

Speakers to be announced soon

5:30pm: Closing Remarks and Announcements: Adjourn



Offshore Wind Track

9:00am – 10:15am: National Laboratory Panel: Standards, Wind Consortium, and Floating Technology Opitmization

Speakers to be announced soon

10:15am – 10:45am: Networking Break & Exhibits

10:45am – 12:00pm: Floating Offshore Wind: State of the Technologies

Floating offshore wind technologies hold great promise opening vast ocean reaches beyond fifty meters depth. As bottom-mounted wind technologies continue to accelerate deployment and use the best sites, how will floating OSW build on that progress and continue development beyond the shallow coastal areas? This panel will highlight the latest technologies, review the projects underway, and discuss the future of this technology.

Speakers to be announced soon

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch 

1:00pm – 2:30pm: State of the Sector: Projects and Prospects

Speakers to be announced soon

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm: California’s Impacts on NW Offshore Wind

California’s government is grappling with several major energy related issues that will guide energy development within the state, and potentially outside of the state. Regionalization, carbon goals, and a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard will all affect development in the region. This panel will bring together diverse experts to discuss and explore the potential impacts California’s decisions will have for OSW.

Speakers to be announced soon

4:15pm – 5:30pm: Looking for synergies: Opportunities to advance both sectors

How can the MHK and the Offshore Wind sectors work together? With current offshore wind projects in operation, what can the MHK community take from this path to commercialization. What synergies exist and how can both industries utilize each other to meet the challenges of marine renewable energy.

Speakers to be announced soon


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