Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network

Welcome to the Information Hub of emerging Ocean and other Advanced Energy projects for the Oregon Coast




The Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network is a cross-cultural community-based organization with the initial mission to explore the opportunities and challenges of floating offshore wind energy. 


We believe that our coastal interests should be front and center in shaping what Offshore Wind projects might look like.



OCEAN’s purpose is to evaluate the impacts and maximize the social and economic benefits to coastal communities of any proposed advanced energy project with an initial focus on Floating Offshore Wind.



OCEAN supports an informed and engaged coastal citizenry making decisions about our own energy, economic and cultural futures. 



OCEAN is advocating for the funding of collaborative efforts amongst our climate, oceanography, environmental, fisheries and energy scientists to hasten our understanding of our continental shelf and ocean resources.



There are both pros and cons to any large industrial scale project. We hope to identify and address all concerns as the conversation progresses.



As information becomes available and pertinent to local advancements, the contributors to this website will strive to keep you up to date, offering opportunities to engage, and maintaining transparency for the community.



The conversation for Offshore Wind Energy on the West Coast has just begun. Be a part of that conversation.



In September of 2019 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management convened an Offshore Wind Task Force meeting to discuss Offshore Wind and how it might impact coastal communities. From this gathering, the Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network OCEAN was formed. 


Our members represent tribal, county, labor, environmental, business development, shipping, climate action, energy access advocacy and resilience interests. 


Bill Gorham, Environmental Chair

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, Co-Facilitator Marine Biologist Environmental Investigation & Permitting energy projects, retired Author BOEM Whitepaper: Incorporating Benefits of OSW into NEPA documents


Mark Healy

Coquille Indian Tribe, Water and Environmental Specialist BOEM/Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Oregon Committee for ShakeAlert Communication, Education, and Outreach Oregon Kelp Alliance West Coast Ocean Alliance and WCOA Tribal Caucus Community Coalition of Empire


Captain Jeff Hill, Existing Commerce Chair

Sause Brothers Towing, General Manager of Towing Operations / Senior Port Captain Coos Watershed Association, Past Board Member Humboldt Bay Harbor Safety Committee, Past Board Member Connect Oregon Advisory Committee, Past Member: Marine State marine task force for review of the wreck of the M/V New Carissa


David Petrie, Economic Development Co-Chair

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Enrolled Member DB Western Inc, Business Development Manager Coos Waterkeeper, Former Founder and Executive Director Coos County Cultural Coalition, Board Member Whitefeather and Associates Intl’ Timber Brokerage, President


Mark Petrie, Cultural Preservation Chair

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Tribal Elected/ Council Vice-Chair/ Culture Committee member BOEM Oregon OffShore Wind Task Force member Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Representative National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Representative


Shannon Souza, P.E., Program Manager/Policy Chair/Societal Benefits Co-Chair

Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC, Principal Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association, Board Member/ Policy Chair Governor Brown Office of Resilience, Councilor Resilience Mitigation Activity Council Professional Engineers of Oregon, Board Member Independent Practitioners National Society of Professional Engineers, Sustainability Platform Contributor Coos Housing Action Team, Chair


Commissioner Court Boice, Societal Benefits Co-Chair

Curry County Commissioner – Life time resident Southern Oregon Coast, Served 8 years on the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Legislative Assistant, Past Owner – Paradise Wilderness Lodge, Past Part Owner – Jerry’s Rogue Jet Boats. Board Member; Association of Oregon Counties, Association of O & C Counties, Travel Southern Oregon, Coos Curry Douglas Business Development, Governor’s Fire Response Council, Southern Oregon Workforce Investment, Oregon Coastal Zone Management among others.


Jamie Fereday

Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Councilor, Public-at-large, Coastal / Sol Coast Companies, Energy Analyst / Coos Bay Public Schools Science Teacher, Retired / South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Commissioner, Education seat, (retired) 


Tera Martinez, Public Outreach Co-Chair

Boost Southern Oregon, Executive Director


Michael Mitton

Oregon League of Conservation Voters – Metro Climate Action Team, Steering Committee, Oregon Bioscience Association founder and former Executive Director, Co-founder and former CEO of NASDAQ-listed biotech company, American Leadership Forum Oregon Senior Fellow, Former member and Investment Advisor (enviromental technologies) for the Sierra Angels, Climate Reality Leadership Corps (ClimateRealityProject.org)


Samuel J. Schwarz, Public Outreach Co-Chair

Coos Bay Boat Building Center, Board Member Surfrider Foundation, former Chair Coos Bay chapter Nor’ Gale LLC Albacore Fishing, Owner SAMIO Lighting, LLC, Owner


Robert Westerman, Economic Development Co-Chair

IBEW Local Union 932 (central & south coast), Business Manager Oregon State Association of Electrical Workers, President Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, Vice Chair Boost Southern Oregon, Treasurer Pacific Inside TAC Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, Chair Oregon State Building and Construction Trades. Executive Board member Cascade Pension Trust, Secretary and trustee Oregon Prevailing Wage advisory committee, Past Chair United States Navy, Veteran


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OCEAN is promoting a “bottom up” process of front-loaded stakeholder engagement designed around our coastal community perspective and interests.  Our goal is to inform and influence coastal energy projects and policies when they are in the earliest, formative stages to maximize the benefits to our coast’s citizens, ecology, and economy. 




DB Western’s approach to developing this new industry meets our company’s commitment to improve economic conditions for Oregon’s south coast residents while restoring the environment with offshore wind energy projects. Our science and technology-based engineering department and support staff are committed to seeing offshore wind energy industrial development occur at Coos Bay, OR.



Sol Coast Companies is a sustainability consulting and contracting firm specializing in water supply, energy systems, low impact development and restored environments.  Sol Coast is headquartered at Sol Suites in Coos Bay which provides turn key solar powered offices, community networking and Think Tank conferencing for O.C.E.A.N. administration and other resident or outreach  organizations.  Since 2003 our mission is to support strategic growth, responsible development and sustainable coastal living.



Our mission is to provide superior marine transportation services. We will continuously expand our skills and technology to provide innovative, reliable and responsive solutions to meet the changing needs of our customers. At all levels of the Company, we will exceed industry standards for the protection of our employees, vessels, customers’ interests and the environment.



We dedicate ourselves to providing strong, personal service to clients that value the unique capabilities and services of Billeter Marine. It is our goal to be your trusted, reliable and creative resource for challenging marine services and construction projects.



Boost Southern Oregon is a coalition of Oregonians bringing together community leaders, small local businesses, organizations, labor, and elected officials to make Southern Oregon a better place to live, work and raise a family. Together we are striving to make a better economy for a brighter future!

Become an OCEAN Goer

OCEAN Goers are members of the global community who are interested in learning more about the inquiries and activities of Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network.  OCEAN Goers receive updates and invitations to outreach webinars and other open OCEAN events.  Becoming an OCEAN Goer indicates an interest in being informed about the Oregon coast perspective on OSW and other advanced energy technologies.




243 S 2nd Street

Coos Bay, OR 97420

Email: oregoncoastenergy@gmail.com

Tel: 541.266.0877

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