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Feb. 2017 Stepping Stone Instituting a new management approach to advance company growth and capitalize on new opportunities, Chris Sauer transitions to Co-founder & CEO and John Ferland is promoted to President & COO of Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC).
   
Nov. 2016 Major Milestone 3.2 million euro, ORPC Ireland-led project gets underway.
   
Aug. 2016 Major Milestone U.S. Energy Department selects ORPC for $5.35 million grant for Advanced TidGen® Power System Project
   
Jul. 2016 Stepping Stone ORPC receives Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit for Western Passage, Maine.
   
Jun. 2016 Stepping Stone Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, selects ORPC Ireland to proceed to grant agreement stage for a major project.
   
May. 2016 Stepping Stone The U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $150,000 for Low Mass, Modular, River Hydrokinetic System Project.
   
Apr. 2016 Major Milestone The National Hydropower Association awards ORPC its 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters Award for Operational Excellence (OSAW). ORPC is the first marine renewable energy company to receive the award.
   
Mar. 2016 Major Milestone The U.S. Department of Energy selects Igiugig, Alaska, to receive up to $1,540,341 to further advance the design and operation of ORPC's RivGen® Power System, which ORPC successfully demonstrated in the Kvichak River at Igiugig in 2014 and 2015, displacing the community's diesel fuel use by one-third. To initiate the project, the Energy Department approves phase one funds of $392,500.
   
Nov. 2015 Major Milestone The U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA-E Program awards ORPC $2,248,223 for Deployment and Retrieval System for Cross-flow Hydrokinetic Turbines.
   
Oct. 2015 Stepping Stone ORPC announces the formation of Énergies Marines Renouvelables Québécoises Inc. (or EMARQ), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ORPC's based in Montreal, Quebec.
   
Jul. 2015 Major Milestone ORPC’s RivGen® Power System delivers power to remote Alaskan village grid, becoming the first and only company in the world to have built, operated and delivered power to a utility grid from a hydrokinetic tidal project, and to a local microgrid from a hydrokinetic river project.
   
May. 2015 Stepping Stone ORPC Ireland, LLC, is established.
   
Sep. 2014 Major Milestone ORPC concludes its highly successful RivGen® Power System demonstration project in the Kvichak River, 275 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, delivering power to shore at the remote village of Igiugig.
   
Sep. 2014 Major Milestone ORPC concludes its OCGen® Module Mooring Project at its federally licensed site in Maine. This first-of-its-kind project proved the stability of the prototype OCGen® device in reversing tidal currents and confirmed the loading and performance of its innovative tensioned mooring system.
   
Apr. 2014 Stepping Stone ORPC has spent over $25 million on goods and services in 13 of Maine's 16 counties since 2007.
   
Mar. 2014 Stepping Stone ORPC submits second-ever annual environmental report for a commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project in the U.S. and North America. Again, results indicate no observed adverse interaction with the marine environment.
   
Mar. 2014 Stepping Stone ORPC successfully completes tow testing of its RivGen® turbine generator unit (TGU) in Eastport, Maine, in collaboration with Maine Maritime Academy and the Eastport Port Authority. Results indicate the re-designed proprietary river power system has improved reliability and durability and is now ready for its first commercial-scale demonstration planned for Alaska.
   
Sep. 2013 Stepping Stone ORPC Solutions is launched to offer a full range of project development, regulatory and strategic management services to colleague companies in the ocean and river energy industries, internationally.
   
Aug. 2013 Major Milestone ORPC is selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for Advanced Controls and Next-Gen Power Take-Off Projects awards for a combined total of nearly $5 million.
   
Jun. 2013 Stepping Stone Popular Science magazine features a full-color illustration of ORPC's TidGen® Power System on the cover of its June 2013 issue and devotes two full-color pages inside to the TidGen® System.  The theme of the June issue is "American Energy Independence: Five clean technologies that will set us free".
   
May. 2013 Stepping Stone ORPC is awarded a U.S. Small Business Administration Tibbetts Award at a Washington, D.C., ceremony.  Tibbetts Awards "are presented annually to those who are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology."
   
Mar. 2013 Major Milestone ORPC submits first annual environmental report for commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project in the U.S. and North America. Results indicate no observed adverse interaction with the marine environment.
   
Mar. 2013 Stepping Stone The Associated General Contractors of America presents CPM Constructors with a Build America Award for work on ORPC's Maine Tidal Energy Project.
   
Feb. 2013 Major Milestone ORPC is named to Fast Company's Top 10 List of the World's Most Innovative Energy Companies.
   
Jan. 2013 Major Milestone The first longterm power purchase agreement for marine renewable power in the U.S. is executed between ORPC and Bangor Hydro Electric Company (now Emera Maine) for the Maine Tidal Energy Project.
   
Nov. 2012 Stepping Stone Sierra Club of Maine honors ORPC with 2012 Business Leader for the Environment award.
   
Nov. 2012 Stepping Stone New England Clean Energy Council honors ORPC with Emerging Company of the Year Award.
   
Sep. 2012 Major Milestone Bangor Hydro Electric Company (now Emera Maine) verifies that electricity is being delivered to their power grid from ORPC's Cobscook Bay Project. This is the first power from any ocean energy project including offshore wind, wave and tidal to be delivered to an electric utility grid in the U.S., and it is the only ocean energy project, other than one using a dam, that delivers power to a utility grid anywhere in the Americas.
   
Aug. 2012 Stepping Stone ORPC completes installation of the first TidGen® Power System at the Cobscook Bay project site, including the on-shore station on Seward Neck, Lubec.
   
Jul. 2012 Stepping Stone ORPC dedicates the first TidGen® turbine generator unit (TGU) at an Eastport, Maine, ceremony attended by U.S. Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials, national press, over 200 Lubec and Eastport community members and industry colleagues from around the world.
   
Apr. 2012 Major Milestone The Maine Public Utilities Commission approves the terms of the first longterm power purchase agreements for marine renewable power in the U.S. for ORPC's Maine Tidal Energy Project.
   
Feb. 2012 Major Milestone ORPC receives a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pilot project license for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project
   
Feb. 2012 Stepping Stone ORPC receives a General Permit for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project from the State of Maine, the first such permit issued for tidal energy.
   
Jan. 2012 Stepping Stone The Federal Regulatory Commission issues its environmental assessment for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project concluding with a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
   
Oct. 2011 Stepping Stone ORPC officially retires its beta turbine generator unit (TGU).
   
Sep. 2011 Major Milestone Final pilot project license application submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for first grid-connected TidGen® Power System.
   
Aug. 2011 Stepping Stone ORPC presents letter to Eastport City Council documenting almost $3.4 million spent by ORPC on payroll, contractors, and other goods and services in Maine's Washington County since 2007.
   
Jun. 2011 Stepping Stone ORPC hosts 300 members of the public and EnergyOcean International 2011 Conference attendees for guided tours of the Energy Tide 2 and the beta TidGen® Power System during a week-long visit to Portland, Maine.
   
Jun. 2011 Stepping Stone ORPC is named Technology Company of the Year by the Technology Association of Maine.
   
May. 2011 Stepping Stone ORPC announces reaching the milestone of creating or retaining more than 100 jobs statewide in Maine and spending over $8 million on goods and services in 13 of Maine's 16 counties since 2007.
   
Dec. 2010 Major Milestone ORPC's Beta TidGen® Power System Project is completed, meeting or exceeding all design expectations.
   
Nov. 2010 Stepping Stone In the first-ever use of tidal energy by a federal agency, ORPC completes delivery of tidal power to U.S. Coast Guard Station Eastport, Maine over a 60-day period.
   
Oct. 2010 Stepping Stone Maine Technology Asset Fund awards ORPC $1,260,000 for our Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project.
   
Sep. 2010 Stepping Stone U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $160,000 as sub-recipient of grant to Scientific Solutions, Inc. for development of active acoustic monitoring system.
   
Sep. 2010 Stepping Stone ORPC wins $10,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for our Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project.
   
Sep. 2010 Stepping Stone U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $240,000 for abrasion testing of critical components of marine renewable energy devices performed by the University of Alaska Anchorage.
   
Aug. 2010 Stepping Stone ORPC's Beta TidGen® Power System, the largest ocean energy device ever installed in U.S. waters, generates electricity at full design capacity through full range of tidal current velocities encountered.
   
Aug. 2010 Stepping Stone ORPC partners with Scientific Solutions to develop an underwater active acoustic monitoring system for the ocean energy industry.
   
Aug. 2010 Stepping Stone U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $750,000 for refinement of cross flow turbine hydrofoils (STTR Phase II).
   
Aug. 2010 Stepping Stone Alaska Denali Commission awards ORPC $830,325 for our RivGen® Power System.
   
Jul. 2010 Stepping Stone U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $75,000 as sub-recipient of a grant to the University of Maine, Maine Tidal Power Initiative.
   
Jun. 2010 Stepping Stone ORPC is named New Technology of the Year by the Technology Association of Maine.
   
Jun. 2010 Stepping Stone ORPC presents Eastport (Maine) City Council with the news that as of June 2010 the company has spent more than $2 million on payroll, contractors, goods and services in Eastport and Washington County since 2007.
   
Apr. 2010 Stepping Stone The New York Times publishes a full page story on ORPC on Earth Day authored by their science writer, Henry Fountain.
   
Mar. 2010 Major Milestone ORPC launches the Beta TidGen® Power System in Maine, the largest ocean energy device ever deployed in the U.S.
   
Feb. 2010 Stepping Stone Maine Technology Institute awards ORPC $285,000 for the OCGen® Module Mooring Project.
   
Feb. 2010 Stepping Stone U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $150,000 for refinements of our cross-flow turbine hydrofoils (STTR Phase I).
   
Jan. 2010 Stepping Stone ORPC unveils the first all-composite water turbines ever manufactured in the U.S.
   
Oct. 2009 Stepping Stone The U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $1,034,534 for designing and testing a mooring system for marine renewable energy devices suspended in the water column in reversing tidal currents (OCGen® Module Mooring Project)
   
Sep. 2009 Stepping Stone The U.S. Department of Energy awards ORPC $600,000 to use a new combination of monitoring technologies to collect data on patterns of marine mammal distribution in Cook Inlet, Alaska, with special emphasis on the endangered beluga whale.
   
Sep. 2009 Stepping Stone ORPC wins contract from the U.S. Coast Guard for delivery of tidal energy from the Beta TidGen® Project.
   
Jun. 2009 Stepping Stone ORPC receives the Company Pioneer Award, and Patrick McGinnis, our Director of Systems Engineering, is awarded the Technology Pioneer Award at the 2009 Energy Ocean Conference in Rockport, Maine.
   
Jun. 2009 Stepping Stone ORPC forms partnership with a major development company, significantly expanding ORPC's financial, technical and management resources, completing its Series A funding round.
   
Jun. 2009 Stepping Stone Maine Technology Asset Fund awards ORPC $806,138 for our Beta TidGen® Project.
   
Dec. 2008 Stepping Stone Maine Technology Institute invests $150,000 in ORPC under their Accelerated Commercialization Fund.
   
Dec. 2008 Stepping Stone ORPC successfully concludes its yearlong testing program of the prototype turbine generator unit (TGU), having firmly established the technical feasibility of the TGU design.
   
Oct. 2008 Stepping Stone ORPC hires our first four employees in Eastport, and Portland, Maine.
   
Sep. 2008 Stepping Stone ORPC completes its angel funding rounds at $5.5 million.
   
Apr. 2008 Stepping Stone ORPC's prototype turbine generator unit (TGU) becomes the first marine renewable energy device to generate electricity from tidal currents that come from the Bay of Fundy (Cobscook Bay and Western Passage, Maine).
   
Apr. 2008 Stepping Stone ORPC opens first headquarters office in Portland, Maine.
   
Apr. 2008 Major Milestone Technical feasibility of turbine generator unit (TGU) design is proven during the Prototype TGU Demonstration Project in Maine.
   
Jan. 2008 Stepping Stone Maine Technology Institute awards ORPC $211,200 for our Prototype Turbine Generator Unit (TGU) Demonstration Project.
   
Dec. 2007 Stepping Stone ORPC launches the Prototype TGU Demonstration Project and commences testing of our prototype TGU aboard our first research vessel, the Energy Tide 1, in Western Passage and Cobscook Bay, Maine, near Eastport.
   
Oct. 2007 Stepping Stone ORPC opens its first incubator office in Portland, Maine at the Maine Center for Enterprise Development on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.
   
Aug. 2007 Stepping Stone ORPC opens its first office in Maine in Eastport.
   
Jul. 2007 Stepping Stone ORPC opens its first office in an incubator for start-up companies at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in Fall River, Massachusetts.
   
Jul. 2007 Stepping Stone Massachusetts Technology Collaborative awards ORPC a $240,000 seed loan for the Prototype Turbine Generator Unit (TGU) Demonstration Project.
   
Jun. 2007 Stepping Stone ORPC wins $300,000 from the Maine Technology Institute for its Prototype Turbine Generator Unit (TGU) Demonstration Project.
   
Jun. 2006 Stepping Stone ORPC submits first preliminary permits applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Cobscook Bay, and Western Passage in Maine, and Cook Inlet in Alaska.
   
Jan. 2006 Major Milestone ORPC completes cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Navy (NSWC-CD) and turbine generator unit (TGU) design concept is adopted.
   
Sep. 2004 Major Milestone Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) is formed.
   
Sep. 2004 Stepping Stone Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) is founded in Florida.
   
Jul. 2004 Stepping Stone Initial ocean current technology, resource and market study is initiated.