ST Conference PreviewEnergy Ocean
Energy Ocean will take place June 3 to 5, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With an all-inclusive program featuring the latest in offshore ocean energy technological advances, more than nine hours of dedicated networking time with hundreds of key industry stakeholders, and the newest technologies and services showcased in the exhibit hall, Energy Ocean has been the industry’s single source solution for updates on what’s happening in the industry for more than 10 years.
New for 2014
This year, Energy Ocean will feature a tour of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) Wastewater Treatment Plant on June 3. The wind farm is the first in the state and consists of five, 380-foot turbines capable of producing a combined 7.5 megawatts of power, which is enough energy to power approximately 2,500 homes.
Among the key sessions at Energy Ocean will be Coast to Coast: Emerging Trends in North American Development. Setting the stage for the conference, developers and experts from major North American projects in wind, wave and tidal energy will come together to discuss the latest project updates and explore future trends.
Another key session will be Turning the Tides—Finding Resolution for the Industry’s Infrastructure Obstacles Through Synergies in Oil and Gas. The oil and gas market has achieved great success in efficiency and profitability, but like the renewable energy market, its advances didn’t come overnight. This session will address the following questions: What synergies are there between renewable offshore energy and the oil and gas sector, can ocean energy projects benefit from using existing infrastructure, and how can we learn from this shared experience?
When it comes to financing projects, proving the business case is key. The session on Creating Stakeholder Engagement for Ocean Energy Procurement and Financing will address how to mitigate risk, engage stakeholders and demonstrate ROI, which are critical steps in the process. Panelists will share use-it-now tips and strategies for securing funding for a project. PPAs, RECs, policy and power pricing will be covered as well.
Protecting Our Resources for the Future: Environmental Considerations in Ocean Energy Innovation will take into account how offshore wind and ocean energy projects exist in natural habitats for bird, bats and sea life. The session will cover the following issues: what technologies are being developed to mitigate harm to indigenous species, what research is being conducted to facilitate environmentally friendly installations, and where can we still improve our efforts?
Offshore renewable energy projects are more widely accepted, implemented and adopted abroad than in the U.S. Lessons Learned Abroad: Overcoming Obstacles and Reaching New Heights will take an in-depth look at challenges and triumphs from projects across multiple continents.
This year’s speakers will include Jose Zayas, program manager of the Wind and Water Power Program at the U.S. Department of Energy-EERE. His keynote speech is entitled “From Dream to Fruition: Accelerating the Future of Ocean Energy through Collaboration and Dedication.”
Wendolyn Holland, the director of Holland Consulting, LLC (Washington, D.C.), will lead a workshop called “The DOE National Labs–Making Strides in Offshore Renewable Energy.”
Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia, will give a talk on Developing, Securing and Maintaining Social License for Tidal Energy Development: A Nova Scotia Case Study.
The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time: