Wind energy developments are making positive and lasting contributions, and helping to strengthen and diversify communities across Canada.
- Host communities are realizing significant economic and social benefits through new municipal tax revenues, plus stable income for farmers and landowners from land lease agreements.
- Wind energy is creating new high-value jobs, providing employment opportunities for local trades-people and contractors as well as full-time permanent jobs once the wind farm is operational.
- Wind energy projects bring direct investment in the form of contracts for raw materials and infusion of dollars to local services and retail businesses.
As with any local development, municipalities have a key role in determining how best to integrate wind energy in their communities. CanWEA’s commitment to public consultation and stakeholder engagement recognizes that residents should have factual information and a meaningful role in developments that affect their communities.
Best Practices for Indigenous and Public Engagement
Effective and meaningful community engagement is fundamental to the success of any wind energy project, and the Canadian wind industry is continuously improving and strengthening the ways to involve Indigenous communities, residents, local businesses and municipalities at every stage of project development.
CanWEA has developed a highly acclaimed Best Practices for Indigenous and Public Engagement to help industry members consult, engage and communicate on wind energy developments. The Best Practice guidelines were developed with input from communications, Indigenous engagement, and public consultation practitioners, as well as discussions with municipal leaders.
CanWEA developed Best Practices for Wind Farm Icing and Cold Climate Health and Safety to provide a tool to the industry that assists with the management of health and safety regarding wind farm operations and maintenance in cold climate areas, provide confidence to those operating wind turbines and indirectly promote wind power progress in Canada and other cold climate regions.
While the Best Practices were developed by Canadian operators, for Canadian operators, CanWEA is taking an international leadership role in this area. With very few if any resources of this type available globally, CanWEA is excited to contribute to the advancement of wind farm safety around the world.
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