National Hydropower Association to Host 2020 International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Washington, D.C.

International marine energy experts from all sectors (tidal, wave and ocean currents) to discuss innovation and new market developments

Washington, D.C., Nov. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Every two years, ICOE gathers over 500 international stakeholders, experts and exhibitors from the marine energy sectors (tidal, wave, ocean currents, ocean thermal gradients) to discuss device innovation, new market developments and regulatory frameworks to spur commercialization. In addition to unparalleled opportunities to network and learn from industry leaders from around the world, the event provides a variety of forums for attendees to share advancements in research and technology breakthroughs.

"We are thrilled to be hosting ICOE 2020 in Washington, D.C., as it is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the world’s next-gen renewable,” said Linda Church Ciocci, NHA President and CEO. “Throughout the world, marine energy, in all its forms, is demonstrating its ability to provide clean, carbon-free energy. Ocean energy is no longer an abstract concept. With each passing day it inches closer to commercialization. Without question, Washington will serve as the ideal backdrop for this burgeoning industry to showcase its research and technological advancements."

“We believe that the U.S. has a wealth of expertise in marine energy technologies research, development, and testing that would serve as a draw for those considering attendance at ICOE in 2020,” said Mark Menezes, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy.

"We appreciate IEA-OES’s consideration and are excited for the U.S. to host ICOE for the first time,” said Tim Ramsey, Program Manager for Marine and Hydrokinetic at the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office and Delegate to the OES. “This event presents a unique and important opportunity to bring global leaders together to share experiences and knowhow, with the collective goal of advancing the industry. I look forward to seeing you all in 2020.”

Details for ICOE 2020, which will be held in the nation’s capital, will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. For more information, please visit

This event is supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA) through Ocean Energy Systems (OES). OES is an intergovernmental group that works on international collaboration for ocean energy in order to accelerate the development of the sector and reduce the costs of these energies. NHA’s Marine Energy Council is the leading trade organization of the U.S. marine energy industry, providing a united voice for the full spectrum of marine energy technologies. 

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, renewable hydropower and marine energy.



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