BWEA and Seapower Europe announced, at the All-Energy Opportunities conference and exhibition in Aberdeen, their intention to expand the BWEA mission to promote the UK’s wave and tidal stream industry along with maintaining and enhancing BWEA’s core role of advancing the development of wind energy, both on and offshore.London, United Kingdom – May 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] An agreement has been signed between BWEA and Seapower, the organization that currently promotes the UK’s ‘wet’ marine renewable industry. Under the agreement, BWEA will expand its mission and will commit dedicated resources to advance the development of the UK’s wind, wave and tidal stream resources. Seapower’s present membership will over the coming months join with BWEA’s membership to form a single unified association. “We’re delighted to be expanding our current mission and to be playing our role to further advance the development of these essential offshore renewable technologies,” said BWEA CEO Marcus Rand. “Offshore wind, wave and marine tidal and current technologies share many similar features, and we are confident that we can bring our 25 years of experience to help capitalize their further development and deployment over the coming years” “BWEA is the natural home for our members,” said John Griffiths, a Director of Seapower. “We are confident that BWEA’s vast wealth of experience will be of great benefit to our existing membership and attractive for new entrants to this new industry at what is undoubtedly a critical moment in its development.” BWEA’s new mission and identity is scheduled to be launched in October, at the industry’s 25th annual conference, BWEA25, being held in Glasgow. The combined association, still to be known as BWEA, will build on powerful synergies between the key issues driving the entire offshore renewables industry: the grid, planning, financing and supply chain development. The ‘new-look’ BWEA will be a powerful voice in delivering the UK’s world-leading position in offshore renewables.