Vancouver, Washington [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) and Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) have announced a strategic alliance to connect ocean-based renewable technology providers with electric utilities interested in investigating and pursuing this new source of energy. Ocean-renewable resources offer a tremendous opportunity for utilities in the Pacific Northwest. The associations will also be discussing federal legislation supporting the development of ocean renewables. This alliance provides NWPPA member utilities a 20 percent discount on OREC annual dues. NWPPA is also providing a 20 percent discount to OREC members who qualify as new NWPPA associate members. Both discounts are good for 2007.