The Program 2019

New to OREC in 2019 we will be hosting a series of industry lead workshops that will focus on specific research needs. Attendance at the Workshops is included with registration.

8:00am – 10:00am: Retiring Risk for MRE Projects to Support Permitting

Environmental concerns continue to slow and complicate permitting, resulting in added costs to developers. If certain risks from interactions of MRE devices and marine animals could be put aside (or “retired”) for small developments, the most important risks and uncertain interactions could become the focus of studies and monitoring data collection.

This workshop will address a methodology and examples of retiring risks for two key MRE-environmental interactions: electromagnetic fields (EMF) and effects of underwater noise from MRE devices.

If you plan to attend this workshop, consider preparing yourself with the materials you will find here:

https://tethys.pnnl .gov/events/oes-environmental-workshop-retiring-risk-mre-projects-support-permitting

Dr. Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mikaela Freeman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Track A: Making MRE Data Accessible – the PRIMRE System

To advance the development of MRE, data and information should be easily accessible and suitable for sharing, while monitoring and analysis methods should be consistent. Currently, MRE information and data are scattered and not connected to one another. DOE WPTO created PRIMRE to address these issues by providing broad access to engineering, resource characterization, and environmental effects information in support of the MRE industry, as well as facilitating connections among databases and the MRE community. Improving access to information, data, and tools has the potential to accelerate MRE development by reducing duplication efforts and associated costs. This workshop will provide an overview of PRIMRE and the main knowledge hubs that are supported within PRIMRE: MHK DR, Tethys, and Tethys Engineering.

Andrea Copping & Lysel Garavelli, PNNL
Kelley Ruehl, Sandia
Rick Driscoll & Jon Weers, NREL

Track B: MHK Environmental Compliance Cost Assessment (ECCA)

Anna West and Zach Barr, Kearns & West
Sharon Kramer, H.T. Harvey & Associates
Jesse Roberts, Sandia National Laboratory

Over the past three years, the project team has been interviewing regulators and developers; collecting qualitative and quantitative data from MHK projects across the U.S and generally from other energy resources (oil and gas, wind, etc.); analyzing quantitative information gathered from these interviews regarding the studies completed, costs incurred, and funding sources during the licensing and permitting process; and developing strategies and actions to help reduce permitting and licensing costs for MHK projects. The project team is excited to share the most recent analysis graphics that incorporates your feedback, the strategies and actions developed over the past year, and next steps for the project. Our hope is to facilitate a constructive discussion around the findings and strategies and actions developed.

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Opening Lunch – INORE Networking Session

The International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE) is an association of postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other professionals at early stages of their careers, working in the fields of offshore wind, wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion. 

The goal for this networking lunch session is for INORE participants to meet with professionals from different parts of the MHK/OSW sector. As you enjoy your lunch, we hope that you will make time to meet with the INOREans who will be roaming the room asking you about your role in the sector and what types of skills may be required for someone to work with you in the future (whether you’re hiring or not!!).

2:00pm – 2:30pm: Opening Remarks and Dr. George Boehlert Ocean Energy Research Excellence Awards

Jason Busch, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Rick Williams, Oregon Applied Research, LLC.

2:30pm – 4:00pm Energy Markets for Marine Renewables

Despite federal inactivity on climate change, states around the country are adopting aggressive measures to move their economies to low, or even zero, carbon sources. California, Oregon, and Washington are all moving in that direction, with Oregon recently adopting a “cap and invest” bill. Coal burning generation continues drop precipitously, batteries and solar go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and what was once derided as physically impossible, today becomes a laudable goal, as society progresses toward a fully renewable energy system. Transportation electrification, smart grids, behind the meter generation round out some of the major developments in the energy sector, setting the stage for a very different future. This panel will consider that future, and the role of marine renewables in that future.

Rebecca O’Neil, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

4:00pm – 4:15pm: Networking Break

4:15pm – 5:30pm: Policy Priorities for MHK Sector

In 2016, Congress passed a bill that phased out federal price supports for renewable energy. 2020 represents the conclusion of that phase out, and if nothing changes, the United States will lack any federal price supports for wind, solar, MHK, or any other renewable energy source. But efforts have begun to pass “tax extenders” to reinstate federal price supports. Arguably, terrestrial wind and commercial solar have reached price parity with fossil fuel based sources, and no longer need price supports. Other forms of generation, such as MHK, have not yet begun to develop at scale, and could greatly benefit from tax credits, just as wind and solar have for the past twenty years. This panel will engage with policy leaders to discuss the future of price supports, and help create a set of policy priorities for the marine renewables sector to pursue through 2020 and beyond.

Speakers to be announced soon

5:30pm – 7:30pm: Conference Reception with Whisky Tasting & INORE Poster Session

9:00am – 12:00pm: Department of Energy MHK Program Strategy

Hear from representatives from the Dept of Energy and national laboratories on the departments program strategies for MHK. Attendees will be encouraged to interact and discuss topics such as Powering the Blue Economy and MHK Grid applications. More info to come, stay tuned.

Rebecca O’Neill, PNNL
Tim Ramsey, US Department of Energy

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm: Successes in the MHK Sector

Success in the MHK sector, at this point in time, comes in many different forms. This session will discuss some recent successes and discuss lessons learned for those with upcoming projects.

Speakers to be announced soon

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Networking Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm: MHK Technology Panel

Speakers to be announced

4:00pm – 5:15pm: Bringing it all together. What’s next for the MHK Sector

Speakers to be announced