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I
NDUSTRY MEMBERS CON-
T INUED
to meet with govern-
ment and academic institutions
and, in 2004, it was decided that
an organisation should be formed
to represent the sector and con-
tinue the push for ocean energy
in BC.
The Ocean Renewable Energy
Group (OREG) was registered as a
non-profit in the summer of 2004,
and immediately broadened its
focus across Canada to support
developments in ocean energy, in
Canada’s rivers, and in the Atlantic
and Pacific oceans on each coast.
At that time, the international
ocean energy market was led by the
U.K. and other European countries.
Chris Knight, president of OREG,
grew up in Northern England,
where you are never more than 12
miles from the ocean. He worked
in aquaculture and was involved
in academic and enterprising
pursuits around ocean technology.
“The strongest market in the
world for ocean renewable energy
technology is in Nova Scotia,” he
says. “When we started we were
about five years behind the U.K.,
but then we started doing a lot of
activity. Now we have established a
strong role forCanadamarine energy
– for companies in wave energy
and tidal energy, as well as rivers.”
In2006, OREGcalled for federal
and provincial agencies to cooperate
in the Canadian Renewable Ocean
Energy Accelerated Development
Initiative as the springboard
needed to make Canada a
competitive leader in the market.
OREGanalysedanddistilledthe
many approaches contained in the
U.K. and EU strategies, specifically
the need for public investment
while the industry built the
experience needed for reliable and
cost-competitive energy production.
Continued
changes
in
Canadian public energy policy
did not make it easy. In the 2006
elections, all political parties
supported technology development
towards the reduction of greenhouse
gas emissions. The Initiative
was designed to foster progress
towards this goal by coordinating
public investments, with private
initiatives, in the deployment of the
low-emitting ocean energy option.
WHAT OREG DOES
O
REG, WH ICH A L IGNS
in-
dustry, academia and gov-
ernment to ensure that Canada
is a leader in providing ocean
energy solutions to a world mar-
ket, has worked endlessly to aid
in the realization of Canada’s
ocean energy resources, tech-
nologies, and project capabilities.
Membership currently hovers
around 100. “It is broad, includ-
ing government members and
companies with marine technolo-
gies,” says Knight. “It targets
Canadian and international
business, and is very strong in
the supply and service sectors as
well.”
OREGbelieves that thefinancial
resources to support the Initiative
could be found by facilitating
access to existing funding, such
as TEAM and SDTC, and adding
targeted provincial and regional
economic development initiatives.
OREG