Maine to Host World's Leading Ocean Energy Conference in 2011

Maine to Host World's Leading Ocean Energy Conference in 2011,

Maine Wind Industry Initiative to Partner

Houston: November 3, 2010 - Maine will once again host the EnergyOcean

International Conference, the world's premier event focused on renewable and sustainable

energy from the oceans. June 14 – 16, 2011, technologists, regulators, financiers and

policy makers from around the world will gather in Portland, Maine at the Holiday Inn by

the Bay to share and discuss opportunities for the market of renewable ocean-based

energy.

EnergyOcean International 2011 will also partner with the Maine Wind Industry

Initiative (MWII) which is focused on organizing Maine’s wind industry interests. MWII

acts as a knowledge transfer network linking opportunities to Maine companies, relates

industry needs to the state and federal government and acts as a communication hub for

representing Maine-based industrial partners in the wind energy industry.

"Maine is becoming a leader in renewable energy," said Governor John E. Baldacci. "We

have a competitive advantage with our great potential for tidal, wave, and off-shore wind

energy and I am excited about sharing our developments with the world once again in

2011."

In 2009, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) was the

platinum sponsor of the EnergyOcean International Conference which was hosted at the

Samoset Resort in Rockport. The event was deemed a great success by the organizers,

exhibitors and attendees. Nearly 600 people attended the event, a 90 percent increase

from the year before.

"Hosting EnergyOcean 2009 was a tremendous accomplishment for Maine," said DECD

Commissioner Thaxter Trafton. "DECD was the responsible for recruiting both the 2009

and 2011conferences to Maine; our hard work has paid off and we're extremely pleased

to have the opportunity to showcase Maine's impressive innovation, R&D and ocean

energy potential again at next year's EnergyOcean International Conference."