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7:30am – 8:30am: Registration, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables
8:30am – 9:00am: 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 – 9:45am: California, Energy Policy, and the Future of Energy in the West
9:45am – 11:00am: West Coast Energy Policies and Their Effects on Energy Markets for Marine Renewables
In light of the various policy measures, such as regionalization and carbon pricing, that are developing in California, Oregon, and Washington, what will the market for marine renewables look like in the future? This panel of regional energy experts will dive into this question and provide some insights derived from today’s reality, existing trends, and predictions for the future.
Rebecca O’Neil, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Chris Potter, State of California Ocean Protection Council
Lauren McCloy, Washington Governors Office
Adam Schultz, Oregon Department of Energy
11:00am – 11:30am: Networking Break – Sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon
11:30am – 11:45am: Update on Wind Energy Call Areas
11:45am – 12:00pm: Update on Federal Budgets for Marine Renewable Energy
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch w/ Keynote – National & Regional Ocean Policy and Planning Update
1:00pm – 2:15pm: Speaker Series
Dr. Marisa McNatt, University of Colorado – Policy & Decision-Making for Marine Renewables: The Importance of Local Leadership & Knowledge Co-Production
Jesse Roberts, Sandia National Laboratory – MHK Envirionmental Compliance Cost Reduction Strategies
Ben Best, EcoQuants – Spatial Overlap of U.S. Marine Renewable Energy with Human Uses & Ecological Resources
Drs. Molly Grear and Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Whale Cable Interaction Video
Aaron Porter, Mott MacDonald
2:15pm – 2:45pm: Networking Break – Sponsored by Integral Consulting
2:45pm – 4:00pm: 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.
Cherise Gaffney, Stoel Rives
Justin Klure, Pacific Energy Ventures
Sharon Kramer, H.T. Harvey & Associates
Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Gabriel Alsenas, FAU Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
4:00pm – 5:15pm: 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 keep the marine renewables sector aware of cost and trends in the energy marketplace.
5:15pm – 5:45pm: INORE Reporting Out
Teams of students from the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE) will present results of their day-long efforts to answer important MHK research questions, drawing from DOE’s MHK Data Repository
5:45pm: Closing Remarks and Adjourn for Day
5:45pm – 7:30pm: Conference Welcome Reception sponsored by Prosper Portland
Poster Session featuring the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy
8:50am – 9:00am: Opening Remarks
9:00am – 10:15am: MHK Technology Update
This session will mix things up a bit by hosting a 10-minute “fastpitch” update for wave energy technology companies. The presenters are free to highlight their technologies, successes, respective markets, and their paths to commercialization. Each speaker will be given exactly 10 minutes, with 5 minutes of question and answer from the audience.
Matt Sanders, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Reenst Lesemann, Columbia Power Technologies
Brad Ling, NW Energy Innovations
Kwansun Ahn, Ingine
Tim Mundon, Oscilla P0wer
Mike Morrow, M3
Tony Lewis, Ocean Energy USA
10:15am – 10:45am: Networking Break
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”?
12:00pm – 1:15pm: 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.
Brian Polagye, Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC)
Burke Hales, PacWave
Steve Dewitt, US Department of Energy
Bill Staby, Resolute Marine Energy
Pat Cross, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break
9:00am – 10:15am: National Laboratories Focus on OSW
This panel will highlight the various programs and studies related to OSW recently concluded or currently underway at several national laboratories around the country.
Patrick Gilman, US DOE Wind Energy Technology Office
William Shaw, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Peter Kobos, Sandia National Laboratory
Amy Robertson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dev Millstein, Lawrence Berkely Labs
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.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: State of the Sector: Projects and Prospects
Over the past several years, a number of one-off deployments of prototype floating offshore wind turbines has occurred. Today, we are in the middle of about 200 megawatts of deployments, including Equinor’s recent 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland Pilot Project. Through 2025, there are about 2 GW of projects in the pipeline. Come hear from these leaders of the OSW sector as they describe their projects and the prospects for this exciting industry.
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.
Simon Geerlofs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sandra Whitehouse, Ocean Conservancy
Craig McLean, Natinoal Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Greg Murphy, The Maritime Alliance
Tim Ramsey, US Department of Energy
Brian Young, Washington State Department of Commerce
4:15pm – 5:30pm: Looking for synergies: Opportunities to advance both sectors
This panel will host a variety of speakers well positioned to speak to areas where the OSW sector and the MHK sector share common challenges and opportunities.
Jason Busch, POET
Genevra Harker Klimes, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Daniel Laird, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Kevin Banister, Principle Power Inc.
Gareth Davies, Aquatera
5:30pm: Closing Remarks and Announcements: Adjourn