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Wales and Canada continue to build marine energy relationship

Marine Energy Wales will be making a momentous visit across the Atlantic to attend the Marine Renewables Canada 2017 Conference, to share knowledge and experience of their work within the marine energy sector.

The annual conference which is taking place in Ottawa on the 8th and 9th November is the biggest event in the Canadian calendar. The event will bring together Marine Renewables Canada members, government, academia, other industry, and delegates from around the world to discuss current marine renewable energy activities, and needs for the sector in Canada and globally.

The mission forms part of the MoU signed by both organisations last year to share knowledge and support the development of marine energy across the world. Both countries are leading the way in marine energy development and this positive collaboration and relationship-building aims to strengthen the industry through shared learning.

Wales is recognised as a leading jurisdiction in marine renewable energy development and Marine Energy Wales attendance at our conference will allow us to share lessons learned, discuss potential collaborations, and strengthen the ties between Canada and Wales.

Amanda White, Operations Director at Marine Renewables Canada

The theme for this year’s conference will be to explore the path forward for marine renewable energy, examining what the strategy going forward could look like, and how the growing focus and priority on renewables by society, investors, and governments will play a role. The agenda features highlights on Canadian achievements to date as well as updates on the global industry, insights on strategies and policies which could accelerate sector development and future opportunities and challenges.

Marine Energy Wales will form part of an international delegation visiting the conference, funded by the Government of Canada, who will connect and inform the Canadian sector about progress, opportunities and lessons learned across the world.

We are delighted to accept the invitation to attend the Marine Renewables Canada conference as this event will be important for us to strengthen our ties with the Canadian industry. Our two organisations have been key drivers for marine energy in our respective nations, and we share many of the same aims and objectives. We have already agreed to welcome MRC and their members to our 2018 conference and so we look forward to continuing to build on this important relationship.

David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales

Online registration for the conference is open on the Marine Renewables Canada website here where further information can also be found on the event and the programme.

Notes to Editors:

Marine Energy Wales

Marine Energy Wales brings together technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable marine energy generation, making a significant contribution to a low carbon economy.

The benefits of this industry are being  felt throughout the country with the creation of green sustainable jobs, growth and skills providing significant development opportunities for Wales.

Formally known as Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, the group was set up in 2010 to provide support and guidance for the sector, and has been instrumental in building a positive and unique collaboration between industry, government and academia. In 2016 Marine Energy Wales was launched to represent the sector at a national level due to industry demand.

Marine Energy Wales is a project run by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum CIC.

For more information visit: www.marineenergywales.co.uk

Marine Renewables Canada

Marine Renewables Canada is the national association for wave, tidal, and river current energy, representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the association has worked to identify and foster collaborative opportunities, provide information and education, and represent the best interests of the sector to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive.

For more information visit: www.marinerenewables.ca