OPT Employs Pacific Northwest Representative (USA)
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT), a leading wave energy technology company, has announced that it has engaged consultant Kevin Watkins to serve as its Pacific Northwest Representative.
OPT is planning for deployment of a Mark 3 PowerBuoy® wave energy conversion system off the coast of Oregon, and Mr. Watkins will provide support to this process as well as work with interested local groups and stakeholders.
Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “We are very happy to have the assistance of Kevin, as we progress with our business activities in Oregon. His career experience with both conventional and renewable energy is a key asset, and he has worked in the past with many of the groups interested in OPT’s wave energy project. Living in Oregon, Kevin will be a vital, local link to those stakeholders. His role will include communications, community outreach, and liaison with local regulatory groups.”
Kevin Watkins has worked in the electric power industry for over 30 years. He was the Engineering Vice President at PNGC Power for 15 years where he coordinated power generation operations and information technology activities required to support power scheduling operations.
“I am excited to work with OPT on this ‘first of its kind’ energy generation project for the Pacific Northwest,” said Kevin Watkins. “I have been involved with alternative and emerging electricity generation technologies for several years and ocean wave energy has the potential to provide significant value to the region.” While at PNGC Power, Mr. Watkins also directed implementation of a Smart Grid Investment Grant awarded to PNGC Power and served on technical review and evaluation committees for the Northwest Power Planning Council and the State of Oregon. He is a registered Professional Engineer.
Press Release, June 10, 2013