WPTO to Attend Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Portland

September 11, 2017

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The Energy Department’s Water Power Technologies Office’s (WPTO’s) Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) program will be on-site during the twelfth annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Portland, Oregon. From September 13–14, Energy Department and national laboratory staff will join other experts in the field of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy to discuss early adopter markets, the forthcoming Pacific Marine Energy Center-South Energy Test Site, and more.

WPTO and national laboratory sessions are as follows:


10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Smart Planning for Marine Renewables

Alejandro Moreno, WPTO Director

1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.: Marine Renewables and its Implications for Coastal Resilience

Tom McDermott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Sandia Laboratory Update on Permitting Issues

Jesse Roberts, Sandia National Laboratories

3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m.: Environmental Issue – Update and Path to Risk Retirement

Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Department of Energy’s Water Power Technology Office: MHK Program Strategy

Alejandro Moreno, WPTO Director

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: PMEC SETS: Making the Most of a Regional Asset

Steve Dewitt, WPTO

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Early Adopter Markets for Marine Renewables

Bill McShane, WPTO

Al LiVecchi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

1:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: The Growing Role of the Department of Defense in Marine Renewables

Lauren Moraski, WPTO

The Ocean Renewable Energy Conference provides attendees a forum to share new ideas and concepts, an opportunity to learn from leading-edge practitioners and policy-makers, information about new research, results, and thinking, and the chance to network with industry leaders and experts from utilities, supply chain, investor, government, and academia. This conference takes place at the Leftbank Annex in Portland.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office is advancing cutting-edge technology to modernize the U.S. hydropower fleet and drive U.S. leadership in new ocean and river energy, with the goal of delivering low-cost power and resiliency to the nation’s power grids. Subscribe to WPTO’s Breaking News email for important updates.