Political, industry leaders map path to low-carbon future
April 5, 2016
CanWEA Opens Annual Spring Forum in National Capital Region
Gatineau, Quebec, April 5, 2016 – The real work of translating Canada’s climate change goals into concrete and effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has brought together key political and wind energy industry leaders at CanWEA’s annual Spring Forum, being held April 5-6 at the Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel in the National Capital Region.
The day-and-a-half event kicks off with an opening address from Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will also deliver keynote addresses over the course of the event.
The participation of three government ministers helps underline the critical role wind energy will play in not only meeting federal and provincial greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, but also in leading the transition to a low-carbon economy. Through a series of dynamic and timely sessions, wind industry leaders and analysts will delve into the opportunity to foster economic growth by implementing policies that encourage electrification, clean energy exports, and increased integration of renewable energy sources.
Ontario and Quebec, which together are home to nearly 70 per cent of Canada’s installed wind energy capacity, will be in the spotlight today as experts examine how Quebec’s soon-to-be-released 2016-2030 energy policy and Ontario’s upcoming new long-term energy plan can continue to capitalize on cost-competitive and emissions-free wind energy.
“Quebec relies on the most developed wind power supply chain in Canada thanks to the commissioning of almost 4,000 MW of wind power since 2006. Having benefitted from $10 billion of investment over 10 years, Quebec’s wind industry is mature and competitive in various markets. We want this energy supply to complement the hydroelectric heritage that is the province’s pride. In addition, the new energy policy with a 2030 horizon will clarify the government’s orientation for developing new wind projects.”
– Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Plan Nord, Quebec
“I want to thank the Canadian Wind Energy Association for their hard work in building a clean energy future for Ontario. Through collaboration, we can ensure our actions create new clean-tech economic opportunities and help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
– The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, Ontario
“If Canada is to live up the commitment it made in Paris and if the provinces are going to meet the greenhouse gas emissions targets they have set, we need to grow renewable energy and enable the transition to a low-carbon economy. This summit demonstrates that government and industry have a common interest in rolling up their sleeves and working together to forge a path that will allow us to meet our environmental and economic goals.”
– Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
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 and join the conversation at www.windfacts.ca.
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Lejla Latifovic, Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association