Ocean Energy Europe – The Benefits of Membership
What does Ocean Energy Europe do
Ocean Energy Europe’s objective is to create a strong environment for the development of ocean energy, improve access to funding and enhance business opportunities for its members. To achieve this, we engage with the European Commission, Council, Parliament, European Investment Bank, and national ministries on all dossiers affecting the sector, such energy, climate, finance, grid and consenting.
The results are undeniable: in past two years the sector’s profile has increased significantly, and EU support accordingly. For example, Horizon 2020 allocated €62M to the sector in 2014-2015 only, more than in the entire 7 years before.
Ocean Energy Europe also organises the annual Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition. This event has quickly emerged as the industry’s leading annual event and gathers industry CEOs and senior staff, as well as European ministers every year.
In 2013 we founded TP Ocean – the Technology & Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy – and have been running it since. TP Ocean is officially recognised as advisory body to the European Commission and defines technology priorities to be funded by research programmes such as Horizon 2020. Ocean Energy Europe builds and takes part in project consortia, such as SI Ocean or Marinet.
Ocean Energy Europe membership has increased by over 100% in the past two years.
Getting the right funding opportunities for you
Access to finance is the no. 1 priority for the sector. We work persistently to ensure that the industry’s interests are taken into account in both the design of new funding mechanisms, and the implementation of existing ones.
As a member of Ocean Energy Europe, you contribute to this process by helping to form our positions, and by supporting our activities. It also means that you are ahead of the game and have better information about upcoming calls, and feedback from previous ones.
Key Dossiers: Horizon 2020, EFSI (Juncker Plan), NER300, Ocean ERA-NET, EU Structural Funds
Putting Ocean Energy on Europe’s Political Agenda
The amount of EU or national finance on offer will be proportional to the industry’s ability to raise its profile and position itself as a future mainstream power producer in Europe and a key technology for meeting EU and national long term strategic objectives. As a not-for-profit organisation, every Euro you invest via your membership fee, is used to promote the industry’s interests.
Ocean Energy Europe is continually engaged with EU and Member State decision makers to raise the key issues and challenges facing the sector. OEE gives you a direct channel to put your ideas, issues and success stories on the desks of decision-makers at EU and national level.
Ocean Energy Europe is solely dedicated to ocean renewables; promoting the optimal enabling environment for the sector’s growth is at the heart of everything we do. Beyond finance, we address such challenges as grid access, permitting and state-aid to make sure that your needs are addressed.
Key dossiers: SET-Plan, Energy Union, Renewable Energy Targets, Emissions Trading System, State-aid, Internal Energy Market
Keeping you ahead of the game with business and policy intelligence
At OEE, we know that having up to date, relevant information is essential for making informed decisions and aligning your business strategy. To help members gain a competitive edge, Ocean Energy Europe provides them with key business and policy intelligence in the form of briefings, draft/leaked texts and information, emails on the latest regulatory and funding developments and access to ‘members-only’ funding webinars.
OEE Members have direct access for their specific questions to our expert policy team, with over 25 years of policy, advocacy and lobbying experience in renewable energy.
Members also have exclusive access to the online ‘Members’ Area’. It houses analysis from our ‘kit-in-the-water’ database – the latest data on ocean energy projects in planning and construction – and a funding portal with the information you need on ocean energy funding opportunities, including members-only policy briefings.
Key Services: Policy briefings, information emails, Kit-in-the-Water database, exclusive online members’ area, funding webinars, access to policy team
Generating the profile and business opportunities you need through our unrivalled network
Membership generates the business opportunities your organisation needs: Ocean Energy Europe is the largest global network of ocean energy professionals in the world. And we use it to promote members’ technologies and projects through our website, social media platforms, presentations, publications, and official meetings. We can also facilitate bilateral communication between members – if you need to meet someone, we can help make it happen.
Through our events, we put you in the room with the biggest industry players, relevant development agencies and key public officials. Our yearly events programme includes the OEE Conference & Exhibition, and high-value ‘members-only’ Horizon 2020 seminars, and Strategy Days. These events provide an intimate environment to network with the industry’s most important figures and get direct feedback and information from the EU institutions.
Members also get first preference on speaking positions and exhibition space at OEE events.
Key services: Network access, Communications infrastructure access, online promotion, speaking positions at conferences
Providing immediate return on investment with free access and discounts
Ocean Energy Europe membership also provides you with an immediate return on investment: up to 25% discounts on attending and exhibiting at the Ocean Energy Europe Annual Conference, the most important date on the ocean energy calendar, and up to 40% on sponsorship packages.
As soon as you join Ocean Energy Europe, you will get free-of-charge access to our programme of ‘members-only’ events, seminars and funding webinars, helping to reduce your events and consulting expenditure.
Key Actions: Annual Conferences, Strategy Day, General Assembly, Horizon 2020 Seminars, Funding Webinars
Contact Rob Flynn, Communication & Membership Manager
t: +32 2400 1040