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Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference
The fifth Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference (GMREC) is slated for April 24 to 26 at the Almas Temple in Washington, D.C.

This year's conference includes presentations from the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES-IA), the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Laboratories and chief executives of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) renewable energy companies from throughout the world.

Last year's conference was held at the same venue and attracted participants from more than 20 countries, bringing together the policy, regulatory and technology leaders that are forging this emerging industry, GMREC organizers said.

New to this year's conference is expanded exhibit space, an additional day to the conference schedule and more sessions on technology, monitoring and instrumentation and regulations. As more successful projects are developed, new countries are gaining interest in MHK energy.

Keith Martin, renewable energy and finance attorney from Chadbourne & Park LLP, takes questions from the audience at GMREC IV in 2010.

Conference Agenda and Topics
The first GMREC, held in New York City in 2008, has set the stage for continued federal funding in the U.S. for ocean renewable energy, the conference organizers said. This year's GMREC will provide updates on deployed projects, the development of new strategic alliances and lessons learned from deployments and other marine-based industries, including offshore wind, marine architecture, offshore safety and construction, metals fabrication and international standards development.

Two panels of CEOs from MHK companies will be combined with sessions on offshore wind, the newest resource assessments for river, tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion sources, as well as legislative and public policy initiatives. Participants will learn about up-to-date reports on deployed projects and the perspectives of large multinational companies and small technology developers. A panel overviewing the work of the International Electrotechnical Commission's Technical Committee 114 (IEC/TC-114) will be headed by international chair, Neil Rondorf of SAIC (McLean, Virginia). Rondorf will be joined by Roger Bagbey, U.S. deputy technical adviser to IEC/TC-114 and founder and president of Cardinal Engineering (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), and Bill Staby, who is chair of the U.S. delegation to the IEC, U.S. Technical Advisory Groups technical adviser and CEO of Resolute Marine Energy (Boston, Massachusetts).

As in previous GMRECs, John Huckerby, chairman of the executive committee of the International Energy Agency's OES-IA will moderate a session where OES representatives from Atlantic, North Sea and Pacific Ocean nations will give country-by-country reviews of ocean energy. The session will cover research and development activities, policy developments and device and project deployments around the world. New this year, due to recently released MHK technology road maps from several countries, GMREC participants will be briefed on the status of individual road maps and the next steps in achieving MHK commercialization.

Conference Receptions
Last year, the embassies of Ireland and Norway hosted receptions. This year, GMREC organizers have been working with the embassies of several countries to organize receptions for GMREC participants, which will be announced in March.

On the first night of the conference, Scottish Development International will hold the welcome reception at the Almas Temple and participants will be trained in whisky tasting. This has become a tradition at GMREC over the past five years and underscores Scotland's leadership position in the MHK energy industry. Panelists from Scotland will include representatives from the University of Edinburgh and the European Marine Energy Centre, as well as CEO of Aquamarine Power (Edinburgh, Scotland) Martin McAdam and Nautricity (Glasgow, Scotland) CEO Cameron Johnstone.

For registration and more information on the conference, visit www.globalmarinerenewable.com.

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