Untapped opportunities for Canada’s expanding wind energy industry to enhance grid reliability and add value for consumers in the shift to a low-carbon future were in the spotlight as more than 230 wind energy professionals attended the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) fourth annual and largest-ever Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Summit, held January 30-31 at the Hilton Mississauga.
The summit brought owners, operators, manufacturers and service providers together to discuss operations issues in the world’s ninth largest wind energy fleet, and explore innovative tools and techniques to increase efficiencies, drive down costs, and unlock the technical potential of modern wind power facilities.
With wind farm operators and turbine technicians active at 295 wind farms across Canada, workforce development and a range of health and safety best practices in areas like electrical safety, fall arrest equipment, up-tower rescues, confined spaces and ergonomics were on the summit agenda. Data-driven maintenance strategies, emerging technologies and service offerings, icing challenges, and repowering opportunities were also key topics discussed by the summit’s line up of expert speakers from across North America.
A highlight of the event was the presentation of two new CanWEA awards, recognizing excellence in health and safety and innovative approaches to O&M. Cartier Énergie Éolienne took home the inaugural Health and Safety Excellence Award, while LiftWerx won CanWEA’s first O&M Outstanding Achievement Award.
This year’s summit also featured an expanded exhibition showcasing leading companies in Canada’s growing wind energy O&M market.
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On July 1, 2020, CanWEA and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) united within the Canadian Renewable Energy Association to form one voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage in Canada.
To explore the new multi-technology association, go to www.renewablesassociation.ca!