CanWEA: Canada’s Wind Power Industry ‘Ready To Deliver’
October 25, 2018
On Wednesday, the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments expressed strong support for wind energy at the opening of the 34th annual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, during which the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) presented a new “vision” for the country’s wind industry.
Jessica Littlewood – member of the legislative assembly for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville and parliamentary secretary to the minister of economic development and trade for small business – set the tone for the day by reaffirming in opening remarks her government’s commitment to triple the percentage of electricity demand to be met by renewable sources to as much as 30% by 2030. Cost-competitive wind energy is expected to provide the majority of this 5,000 MW of new non-emitting power, according to CanWEA.
Dustin Duncan, minister of environment for the Province of Saskatchewan and minister responsible for SaskPower, was also welcomed by delegates in the plenary session, during which he reiterated his government’s commitment to see renewable energy sources make up 50% of electricity generating capacity within 15 years – a plan that calls for the addition of about 1,900 MW of new wind energy. The winner of the first competitive procurement on the path to meeting this goal was recently announced, with SaskPower’s 200 MW award to Potentia Renewables Inc.