Although this post may seem a bit late, I am just returning from Norway with a few days of vacation mixed in. Last week's conference in Stavanger boasted near 20,000 attendees and a wide array of both operating and technology companies displaying their latest wares for offshore development in the North Sea. In spite of recent fallout in the US, European operations are moving swiftly ahead. In addition, the conference provided a fair platform to a number of companies (many in the oil and gas industry) that are developing sustainable technologies in wind and wave energy. The message was clear, the future is here. It was a nice escape to see an industry in bloom surrounded by a media industry that is informed and supportive. For those who were not able to attend last week's conference, ONS has provided a number of links to presentations and slide shows from the conference: