Canada’s largest wind energy event to explore energy transition
August 3, 2017
Canadian Wind Energy Association’s 2017 conference and exhibition set for October 3-5 in Montreal
Ottawa, Ontario, July 31, 2017 – Wind energy’s pivotal role in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future will be in the spotlight when industry leaders gather this fall for the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) 2017 conference and exhibition.
CanWEA and its partner Hannover Fairs (Canada) have unveiled the program for this year’s event, set for October 3-5 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
The theme of the conference is Energy Transition, and over the course of 2½ days, a line-up of expert speakers will examine how the rise of low-cost renewable generation sources, the rapid pace of technological innovation, shifting consumer expectations and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are disrupting electricity business models and transforming the way we produce and use energy.
The event’s three plenary sessions will discuss emerging demand drivers for wind energy in Canada, and explore how electricity infrastructure modernization, grid operational changes, and electricity market reforms can enable integration of the high penetrations of renewable energy required to meet Canada’s economic and environmental goals.
A series of eight concurrent educational sessions are also planned, providing insight on how forward-thinking wind farm operators, project developers and electricity system planners can turn change into opportunity, tackling the permitting, resource assessment, and health and safety challenges facing a growing industry, and delving into the operational improvements, technology advancements, and policy solutions that will contribute to the sector’s ongoing success.
“The world is in the midst of an unmistakeable and unstoppable transition to a low-carbon future, and Canada is no exception. The role the wind energy industry will play in shaping that future is what CanWEA 2017 is all about. No other form of electricity generation is better positioned to provide the low-cost, reliable and emissions-free energy that Canada needs to remain competitive in the next century of clean growth.”
– Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association
“Finding ways to power our lives with non-emitting energy sources is top of mind around the globe and Canada is a step ahead. Canada’s grid already boasts more than 80 per cent emissions-free electricity and is aiming for 90 per cent by 2030. This conference is focussed on providing delegates with critical policy, technology and best practice updates as well access to the top organizations and companies moving wind energy forward in a cleaner economy.”
– Larry Turner, President and CEO, Hannover Fairs
- The CanWEA 2017 program is available on the conference web site.
- Online registration is now open, with early bird rates in effect until August 30.
- CanWEA’s 33rd Annual Conference & Exhibition is Canada’s largest wind energy event, attracting close to 1,500 attendees and more than 100 exhibiting companies from around the world.
- Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Outlook 2017 predicts that nearly three-quarters of the US$10.2 trillion to be spent on new power generation worldwide to 2040 will be invested in wind and solar plants. Wind and solar will make up 48 per cent of the world’s installed generating capacity and 34 per cent of electricity generation by 2040, compared with just 12 per cent and five per cent now.
- The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2017 report found that spending in the electricity sector exceeded the combined spending on oil, gas and coal supply for the first time ever last year, and that the largest share of electricity investment was in renewables.
- Canadian provinces are part of the global energy transition. Alberta and Saskatchewan are moving aggressively to modernize their electricity systems and expand their energy economies, Ontario is building a clean and flexible grid to underpin its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, Quebec’s new 2030 energy policy accelerates its shift toward renewable energy sources and positions the province to become a provider of competitive clean power to neighbouring markets, and the Maritimes is exploring the use of smart grid technologies and regional dispatch to reliably integrate high levels of renewable generation. For more information, please visit the CanWEA Wind Markets web page.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more at canwea.ca.
About Hannover Fairs (Canada)
Hannover Fairs (Canada) is the Canadian subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe – one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of industrial technology events. Hannover Fairs (Canada) develops and manages a portfolio of events across Canada’s regions, provinces and territories. Working closely with North American companies, Hannover Fairs creates qualified new business leads, helps its clients enter new markets and aids them in forming lasting partnerships. The company’s programs reflect the global scope of Deutsche Messe’s activities. For more information, visit www.hfcanada.ca.
About Deutsche Messe AG
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Deutsche Messe AG, which was founded in 1947 with the staging of Germany’s first-ever Export Fair. Seven decades later, Deutsche Messe has taken its place among the world’s top organizers of investment goods trade fairs, sporting a rich portfolio of events held in Germany and around the globe. With projected 2016 revenue of 301 million euros, the company ranks among the five biggest tradeshow companies in Germany. Its portfolio includes world-class events such as CeBIT (digital business), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). With approximately 1,200 employees and a network of 62 sales partners, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries.
For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:
Lejla Latifovic, Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
613-234-8716 x 241 or 1-800-922-6932 x 241
For more information on Deutsche Messe AG or Hannover Fairs, please contact:
Jessica Ward, CanWEA 2017 Show Director
Hannover Fairs (Canada)
+1 (343) 700-3586