EREC adds ocean energy group

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The European Ocean Energy Association has been accepted as a member of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the group announced.

The Ocean Energy Association is an organization devoted to promoting hydrokinetic development throughout the European Union. Ultimately, the group said, it hopes to leverage at least US$640 million for the ocean energy sector by 2020.

"We are very happy that Ocean Energy joins the united voice of the European renewable energy sector," EREC Secretary General Josche Muth said. "This further strengthens our common effort towards what European citizens have asked for time and time again -- a resource efficient renewable energy system."

Since its founding in 2000, EREC has grown from six to 11 members, representing European trade and research associations active in a number of renewable energy fields. The European Small Hydropower Association is also an EREC member.

"If we are going to decarbonize our energy supply, make the most of Europe's domestic resources and create new jobs, we need a steady supply of new, renewable energy technologies," Ocean Energy Association CEO Sian George said. "Bringing Europe's ocean energy online will have several benefits for the renewables sector as a whole."

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