Marine Renewables Canada aligns industry, academia and government to ensure that Canada is a leader in providing marine renewable energy solutions to a world market.
A Canadian sustainable marine renewable energy sector, serving domestic and export power needs and providing projects, technologies and expertise in a global market.
Marine Renewables Canada Origins
In 2001 BC Hydro pursued the feasibility of wave and tidal energy around Vancouver Island and the BC coast. Resource assessment were completed and early MOUs were signed with international wave energy device developers. A change in Provincial energy policy in 2003 resulted in the cancellation of demonstration project plans.
Industry members continued to meet with government and academic institutions and in 2004 it was decided an organisation should be formed to represent the sector and continue the push for marine 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 the marine renewable energy developments in Canada’s rivers, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
In 2012 OREG rebranded as Marine Renewables Canada, and registered the association as a Canadian non-profit society. This change coincided with the movement towards implementation of the Canadian Marine Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap, and signified the growth of the industry. Marine Renewables Canada works to aid in the realisation of Canada’s ocean energy resources, technologies, and project capabilities.
The association has recognized the similarities and synergies with offshore wind and tidal, wave, and river current supply chains, operating environments, and regulatory issues and focuses on these resources.