Program 2017

The Program 2017

7:30am – 8:45am: Registration, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables

8:45am – 9:00am: Welcome Remarks and 2017 Captain Rick Williams Ocean Energy Leader Award Presentation

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

Captain Rick Williams , Director, Columbia Region, Leidos Maritime Solutions

Recipient to be announced

Keynote Welcome Speaker Sponsored by Stoel Rives: Alan Merkle

9:00am – 10:15am: Marine Renewable Energy: Looking West for Energy

The North American energy system is evolving quickly, and new parameters are guiding the development. While least cost remains the dominant factor, marine renewables compete on several fronts. As the sector continues to evolve, what key parameters will determine the extent of marine renewable development?

Nancy Hirsh, Northwest Energy Coalition

10:15am – 10:45am: Networking Break

10:45am – 12:00pm: Smart Planning for Marine Renewables

Achieving the comprehensive vision of a thriving marine energy sector – one with testing infrastructure, economic development, innovation, research and commercialization – requires a long view. How should we strategically invest over time? What should we do (and what should we not worry about) in the next 3 to 5 years to achieve that greater vision? The panel will speak to strategic investment, what gateways lie ahead for all renewable energy innovation and how to prepare for them, and policy support needed today and in the future.

Rebecca O’Neil, Renewable Energy, Strategic Partnerships, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Megan Decker, Oregon Public Utility Commission

Alejandro Moreno, U.S. Department of Energy

12:00am – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch

12:30am – 1:00pm: East Coast Offshore Wind – Liftoff!

Liz Burdock, Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind

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

In the Pacific Northwest, the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and resultant tsunami present serious threats to the life, infrastructure, and the economy. But ice storms, floods, forest fires, and other more regular disasters also drastically affect society. How might marine renewables reduce the risk of these types of threats, while strengthening the grid during normal conditions? How might marine renewables fare in these situations, and how might they reduce the downtime after such events?

Captain Rick Williams, Oregon Applied Research LLC

Ted Brekken, Oregon State University

Adam Schultz, Oregon Department of Energy

Bryson Robertson, University of Victoria

Tom McDermott, PNNL

2:15am – 2:30pm: Sandia Laboratory Update on Permitting Issues

Anna West, Kearns and West

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm: Environmental Issue – Update and Path to Risk Retirement

Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in understanding the effects, or lack thereof, from marine renewable energy on the ocean environment. This panel will report out from the previous day’s regulatory workshop, provide a summary of the state of the science, and discuss how our improved understanding can impact the regulatory process for early testing and demonstration projects.

Cherise Gaffney, Partner, Stoel Rives

Andrea Copping, Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sharon Kramer, Principal, H. T. Harvey & Associates

4:15pm – 5:30pm: West Coast Maritime Economic Sector Initiative

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.

Duncan Wyse, President, Oregon Business Council

Rick Williams, Oregon Applied Research

Aaron Porter, Mott McDonald

Brian Young, Washington Department of Commerce

Michael Jones, Maritime Alliance

5:30pm: Closing Remarks and Adjourn for Day

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



Marine Hydrokinetic Track

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

The Pacific Marine Energy Center’s South Energy Test Site should be operational by 2020. Once complete, this facility will be an anchor asset for the region, attract wave energy companies to build, transport, deploy, operate, and decommission their respective technologies. The European Marine Energy Center has been operational for several years, and represents a model that PMEC SETS and the Pacific Northwest can emulate. This panel will discuss PMEC SETS and how we can make the most of this opportunity.

Gareth Davies, Managing Director, Aquatera

Brian Polagye, co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Belinda Batten, Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering,Formerly NNMREC Director

Steve Dewitt, U.S. Department of Energy

Elaine Buck, European Marine Energy Center

10:45am – 11:15am: Networking Break & Exhibits

11:15am – 12:30pm: Early Adopter Markets for Marine Renewables

MHK devices have the potential to provide power to a number of end markets that are characterized by high cost, high value energy needs. These early adopter markets can help to further prove the technologies, lower LCOE, and act as a stepping stone to developing MHK power for the grid-scale market. This panel will explore some of these potential markets with direct examples and applicability to the Pacific Region.

Bill McShane, U.S. Department of Energy

Al LiVecchi, National Renewable Energy Center

Andrea Copping, Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Federal Update

Paul Gay, Vice President with SMI and well-respected advocate for MHK in Washington DC, will provide a description of the federal landscape related to marine energy policy and research and development funding activities.

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

The Department of Defense has focused on replacing fossil fuels with renewables as part of its long term strategy to save cost, improve effectiveness, and most importantly, save the lives of soldiers. As part of that effort, the Navy, in particular, has focused on marine renewable energy. Today, several companies and researchers have received naval funding, and wave energy technology companies have deployed at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site, located at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. This panel will discuss the growing role of the DOD, and explore how the marine renewables community can work with the DOD.

Damian Kunko, Vice President, SMI/Helios Strategies

Alexandra De Visser, WETS Project Manager, US Navy

Pat Cross, Project Manager, WETS Support, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii
Benjamin Maurer, APL-UW

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:45pm: Bringing it All Together: Next Steps to Commercialization

Opening the Pacific Ocean to renewable energy development represents an enormous opportunity and challenge. Localized opposition is inevitable, organized, and effective, while widespread generalized public support can be diffuse and ineffective. This panel will bring together labor, the environmental NGO community, and industry to discuss how a path can be paved to the responsible development of offshore projects.

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

Sandy Aylesworth, NRDC

Kevin Banister, Sr. Manager Business Development, Principle Power Inc.

Stephanie McClellan, University of Delaware

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Closing Remarks and Announcements: Adjourn



Offshore Wind Track

9:30am – 10:45am: Preparing the Way: Potential, Status, and Process of Offshore Wind on West Coast

The west coast of the United States is almost 2000 miles long, and has some of the best wind resources in the world. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has jurisdiction over the outer continental shelf, and they have begun to plan for offshore wind development, especially in California. This panel will analyze the prospects for offshore wind, with a special focus on the planning and permitting processes, and the work that needs to be done to move this industry forward expeditiously.

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

Douglas Boren, Regional Supervisor, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Walt Musial, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

10:45am – 11:15am: Networking Break & Exhibits

11:15am – 12:30pm: Deep Water, Floating Wind, and New Opportunities

The west coast continental shelf drops precipitously within miles of shoreline. This geologic feature effectively eliminates the prospects for traditional bottom-mounted offshore wind energy, but it opens the door to the opportunities of floating offshore wind energy. This panel will review the status of the floating wind sector, and analyze the opportunities and challenges for this sector on the west coast.

Chris Elkington, DNV GL

Kevin Banister, Sr. Manager Business Development, Principle Power Inc.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 1:45pm: Federal Update

Paul Gay, Vice President with SMI and well-respected advocate for MHK in Washington DC, will provide a description of the federal landscape related to marine energy policy and research and development funding activities.

1:45pm – 3:00pm: Floating Wind: Moving from Terrestrial to Marine Wind
The West Coast of the United States has extensive land-based wind development. As the wind industry looks west to ocean-based wind projects, how does it build on the policies, technology, supply chain, and knowledge established by the terrestrial sector?

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:45pm: Bringing it All Together: Next Steps to Commercialization

Opening the Pacific Ocean to renewable energy development represents an enormous opportunity and challenge. Localized opposition is inevitable, organized, and effective, while widespread generalized public support can be diffuse and ineffective. This panel will bring together labor, the environmental NGO community, and industry to discuss how a path can be paved to the responsible development of offshore projects.

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

Sandy Aylesworth, NRDC

Kevin Banister, Sr. Manager Business Development, Principle Power Inc.

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Closing Remarks and Announcements: Adjourn

 

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