Canadian Wind Energy Association discusses the future electricity grid at annual conference and exhibition in Calgary
October 8, 2019
Renewable energy solutions will grow rapidly and increasingly involve multiple technologies, as discussed at CanWEA’s 35th Annual Conference
Calgary, Alberta, October 8, 2019 – Over 1,000 wind-energy industry leaders, key stakeholders and influencers are in Calgary right now. Over the course of a three-day forum for learning, discussion and networking, these delegates will focus on wind energy’s essential role in the ongoing transformation towards more affordable, reliable, flexible and climate-friendly electricity generation in Canada.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), in partnership with Hannover Fairs, has brought the 35th Annual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition back to Calgary’s BMO Centre for a second consecutive year.
The conference will feature expert insights on the full lifecycle of the Canadian wind energy industry – which has had an average annual growth rate of 20 per cent over the past decade – from resource assessment and project siting, to environmental management, operational excellence and de-commissioning. Panels will also focus on key issues such as grid reliability, Indigenous partnerships, and market-specific dynamics.
The growing importance of capitalizing on the potential synergies of multiple technologies – such as wind energy, solar energy and energy storage – will be a key theme this year. Working synergistically, these technologies can create even more compelling value propositions for consumers and other customers, and the conference participants will explore opportunities for these technologies to pursue shared and mutually advantageous strategies.
Download the Show Guide for a full conference program, a list of over 100 vendors who are exhibiting the latest wind energy-related products and services, and other details with respect to this preeminent clean energy event.
“Wind energy has the potential to play a significant role in Alberta’s exciting electricity future. We have an abundant wind resource and an open, competitive market that supports renewables. Our government will continue to welcome investment in green energy. We look forward to continuing to work with CanWEA, and its membership, to help ensure the industry can maximize its opportunities for growth and success in Alberta’s renewable energy sector.”
The Honourable Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy of Alberta
“The wind energy industry has experienced tremendous growth and must continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of electricity grids and consumers. We believe that wind energy’s attributes ensure a bright future, and increased collaboration with other technologies can only expand those opportunities. Our conference program and strategic planning as an association are very much keyed to that reality.”
Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
“Integrated, complementary and multi-technology approaches will drive the successful delivery of clean and reliable energy solutions going forward. CanWEA is determined to be at the forefront of this holistic approach, and to maximize the opportunities for the renewable energy sector as a whole.”
Rochelle Pancoast, General Manager, Utilities Business Development & Support, City of Medicine Hat, and Board Chair for the Canadian Wind Energy Association
- Wind is not only commonly the most competitive choice for new electricity generation, but is also increasingly pan-partisan in its appeal thanks to its affordability, reliability and other key attributes.
- Total installed wind energy capacity in Canada was 12,816 MW as of the end of 2018, with an expectation of approximately 1,000 MW of new wind energy being commissioned during 2019.
- A combined wind-solar energy project is under consideration in Vulcan County in Southern Alberta, which would provide a firm supply of electricity while better utilizing existing infrastructure.
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. Learn more at canwea.ca.
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Anastasia Smolentseva, Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association