Canada's Largest Wind Energy Event Kicks Off with Bold Vision for Nation's Clean-Electricity Future

24 Oct 2018

Approximately 1,200 wind-energy leaders from across Canada and the United States have gathered in Calgary to learn, discuss, and debate the critical and growing role that wind energy will play in this nation's transition to a low-carbon economy.

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and its partner Deutsche Messe are hosting the 34th Annual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition at the BMO Centre in Calgary. 

Leaders from government, industry, and utilities will share insights and unpack the latest trends from Canada's fastest growing renewable-electricity sector. More than 130 exhibitors are also showcasing the latest wind energy-related products and services.

A highlight of the opening plenary was the launch by CanWEA President Robert Hornung of A Wind Energy Vision for Canada. The new Vision, paints an exciting picture of the expanding role for low-cost wind energy in Canada's ongoing transition to an affordable, reliable and sustainable non-emitting electricity grid. 

Download the Show Guide for welcoming messages, full event program, details about the exhibitors, and more.  

Quotes

"If Canada is to do its part to address climate change, by the middle of the century the nation's power grid must be overwhelmingly free of greenhouse gas emissions. Wind power will play a central role in providing affordable and clean electricity for buildings, vehicles, factories, and more. With consistent policy signals, and in deep collaboration with communities and other enabling technologies, Canada's wind energy industry is ready to deliver the electricity this nation will need."

– Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

"We're excited to be here in Alberta – the heart of new wind energy development in Canada. A recent study of the Alberta wind energy supply chain has shown that wind energy is poised to pour $3.6 billion into local economies while creating over 28,000 person-years of employment and helping this province meet its 2030 renewable-energy target. The nation's wind energy industry is proud to be playing a leading role in the next chapter of Alberta's ongoing resource-sector story."

– Cory Basil, Vice-President of Development for EDF Renewables, and Board Chair for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

Background                                                                                                         

  • Learn more about A Wind Energy Vision for Canada and the policy recommendations that Canada can take to fully capitalize on its massive renewable and non-emitting resource base. 
  • To date, wind energy has attracted more than $23 billion in investment to Canada, created nearly 58,000 person years of employment in construction and operations, and directly benefited more than 297 communities in 12 provinces and territories – including involvement with over 35 Indigenous communities. 

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