The Program 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 : Program & Presentations

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

8:30am – 8:45am:   Welcome Remarks and 2016 Captain Rick Williams Ocean Energy Leader Award Presentation

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

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

Recipient to be announced

8:45am – 10:00am:   Marine Renewables: Making the Case

Developing a new energy technology is no easy task, and we are all well aware of the risks and barriers. But what is the promise of this new industry that warrants such effort and investment?  This panel will answer that question, remind you of what is at stake, and arm you with the data and narrative to help persuade and represent the value and future of this promising industry.

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

Chris Campbell, Strategic Advisor, Marine Renewables Canada

Levi Kilcher, Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Reenst Lesemann, Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Power Technologies, Inc., Co-Chair, Marine Energy Council

John Stevenson, Regional Extension Climate Specialist, Oregon State University

10:00am – 10:30am:     Networking Break

10:30am – 12:00pm:   Identifying and Creating Options for Marine Renewables in Evolving West Coast Energy Markets

It’s clear that the standard power purchase agreement (PPA) model may not work for marine energy, especially in the early stages of the industry, primarily because of the cost of power. So, what’s the path forward for above market power, and how do we improve the market for marine renewables? This panel will analyze these questions, and discuss the following ideas: How do we better define the benefits of these new technologies? What models can we use or create to provide a market for early projects? How do we minimize the risk of new technologies, so as to distribute the costs and benefits more broadly? What are the implications of the new Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement and expansion of the California ISO.

Wayne Lei, Corporate Research & Development, Smart Grid Planning, Portland General Electric, Member, OWET Board of Directors

Tim Belden,  Principal, EnergyGPS

Jeff Morris, State Representative, Washington State Legislature

Michael O’Brien, Senior Policy Analyst, Renewable Northwest

12:00am – 1:00pm:    Networking Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm:     Alternative Off-takers and Markets for Marine Renewables

Utilities are not the only off-takers of electricity generation projects. Several other options exist for renewables projects. Commercial and industrial customers are a growing market, as companies seek to secure renewable energy power and meet their growing needs. Additionally, new mechanisms are being developed, including direct access, green tariffs, and renewable energy certificates. This panel will explore these new market opportunities.

Ken Dragoon, Chief Executive Officer, Flink Energy Consulting

Adam Capage, Vice President, 3Degrees

Brooke Malik, Portfolio Manager, 3Degrees

Bill Staby, Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.

2:30pm – 2:45pm:   Networking Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm:   Connecting to the Grid: Hardware and Contracts: What You Need to Know

As the industry moves to commercial maturity, several issues arise relevant to connecting to the grid. This panel will provide expert insights into processes for interconnection (interconnection studies and agreements, wheeling contracts, and power sales) and grid integration (transmission, ancillary services, and dynamic transfer).

Preston Michie, Bonneville Power Administration (Retired), Member, OWET Board of Directors

Bruce Lovelin, Engineering Manager, Central Lincoln People’s Utility District

Bart McManus, Electrical Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration

Nick Peck, Business Analyst; Generation Integration & Interconnection Policy & Compliance Specialist, SalientCRGT (on contract to BPA)

4:00pm – 5:30pm:   Marine Spatial Planning: West Coast Style

The National Ocean Council has begun to implement the National Ocean Policies of the Obama Administration, including regional marine spatial planning, which has already occurred for the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.  Regional planning for the west coast has just begun, and this panel will feature specialists in this subject to discuss what we can expect, and how the marine renewables industry can engage in this effort.

Anne Merwin, Director of Ocean Planning, Ocean Conservancy

John Hansen, Coordinator, West Coast Regional Planning Body

Jennifer Hennessey, Senior Ocean Planner, Washington State Department of Ecology

Andy Lanier, Marine Affairs Coordinator, Department of Land Conservation and Development

5:30pm:   Closing Remarks and Adjourn for Day

5:50pm – 7:30pm:   Welcome Reception



Thursday, September 22, 2016 : Program & Presentations

8:00am – 9:30am:    Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize Finalists Showcase

Finalists from the US Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize will be on the conference floor to show and tell about their technologies and experience moving through the WEC prize process. Conference attendees will be encouraged to visit with the teams and learn about their experiences from the competition and plans for further development.

Matt Sanders, Program Director, Oregon Wave Energy Trust

Stewart Bible, Co-Founder, Harvest Wave Energy

Alex Hagmüller, Owner, Aquaharmonics

Mike Morrow, Chief Executive Officer, M3 Wave LLC

Dr. Tim Mundon, Chief Enginner, Oscilla Power Inc.

9:30am – 10:00am:   Q&A Session with Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize Finalists

WEC Prize finalists will take the stage for a question and answer session with the conference attendees.

Matt Sanders, Program Director, Oregon Wave Energy Trust

Stewart Bible, Co-Founder, Harvest Wave Energy

Alex Hagmüller, Owner, Aquaharmonics

Mike Morrow, Chief Executive Officer, M3 Wave LLC

Dr. Tim Mundon, Chief Enginner, Oscilla Power Inc.

10:00am – 10:30am:    Networking Break & Exhibits

10:30am – 10:45am:    Federal Update

Damian Kunko, Vice President with SMI/Helios Strategies, and well-respected advocate for MHK in Washington DC, will provide an assessment of the state of federal appropriations and policy.

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

Damian Kunko, Vice President, SMI/Helios Strategies

10:45am – 12:30pm:    Environmental Effects and Permitting of Marine Renewables

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.

Justin Klure, Managing Partner, Pacific Energy Ventures

Andrea Copping, Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Cherise Gaffney, Partner, Stoel Rives

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

12:30pm – 1:30pm:    Networking Lunch

Brexit & Global MRE Markets: Gareth Davies, Managing Director, Aquatera Ltd.

1:30pm – 2:45pm:      From Concept to Commercialization: The Pacific Pathway

The US West Coast presents a unique opportunity for marine renewable energy technology development from concept to commercialization. This panel will highlight the strengths of established and proposed test centers across the region, while also considering how the centers can work together to streamline lifecycle testing and early development opportunities.

Tim Ramsey, Technical Project Officer, Department of Energy

Belinda Batten, Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Oregon State University

Patrick Cross, Project Manager, Wave Energy Test Site Support, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii

Brian Polagye, Co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, University of Washington

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

2:45pm – 3:15pm:      Networking Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm:      Technology Convergence: Concept and Application

Technology convergence is a common topic in marine renewables. But what is the basis of this concept, and how does it apply to marine renewables? This panel will discuss the background of this concept, and consider how the concept does or does not affect marine renewables and its subsystems.

Gareth Davies, Managing Director, Aquatera Ltd.

Neil Rondorf, Business Development Manager, Leidos Maritime Solutions, Chairman, IEC TC-114

Jochem Weber, Ph.D., Chief Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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

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

 

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