Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition

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The Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) is a national trade organization and "marine energy" lobbying group founded in May 2005 by Sean O’Neill, founder of the public relations and communication strategies firm Symmetrix Public Relations & Communications Strategies and Carolyn Elefant, Law Office of Carolyn Elephant (LOCE). [1]

OREC "has been established to define common ground among ocean renewable industry participants and promote legislation and regulations that support industry wide goals," its website states.

"OREC supports legislation that encourages all ocean renewable technologies including tidal, wave, current, thermal and offshore wind.

"Legislation and regulatory policies should be neutral with respect to specific ocean technologies. Ultimately, market forces and not regulatory policy will determine the success of a particular technology," its website states.


OREC is a "newly formed trade association founded to promote energy technologies from clean, renewable ocean resources. The coalition is working with industry leaders, academic scholars, and other interested NGO's to directly lobby for ocean renewable technologies and raise awareness of their vast potential to help secure an affordable, reliable, environmentally friendly energy future," its website states.

OREC Vision

The OREC vision is an "established legislative and regulatory structure in the United States that fosters the development of ocean renewable technologies, their commercial development, and potential for export." [2]

OREC Mission

The OREC mission is to "promote and advance renewable ocean energy utilization and commercialization through education and advocacy, to ensure that ocean energy plays a significant role in our nation's renewable energy portfolio and to make the United States ocean energy industry competitive internationally." [3]


  • Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA): "designed to connect ocean based renewable technology providers with electric utilities interested in investigating and pursuing ocean energy technologies," Alternative Energy News reported in December 2006.

Contact Information

Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition
P.O. Box 61584
Potomac, MD 20859
Phone: Other 202 297-6100 (Carolyn Elefant at LOCE)
Phone: Work 301 869-3790 (Sean O'Neill at Symmetrix Public Relations)
Website: http://www.oceanrenewable.com (inactive); use alternative http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/ for information
Website: http://oceanrenewable.typepad.com/
Email: Contact Form

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