CanWEA’s 35th Annual Conference and Exhibition celebrates industry excellence, and presents an expanded vision for the future
October 10, 2019
CanWEA Conference will evolve next year into a single forum encompassing wind energy, solar energy and energy storage: Electricity Transformation Canada
Calgary, Alberta, October 10, 2019 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) wrapped up its Annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary today with a luncheon keynote address from the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for SaskPower. During his comments, the Minister announced cabinet approval of a competition for 300 MW of wind energy capacity. SaskPower is expected to share further detail in the coming weeks. The wind energy industry is excited to begin working with SaskPower on another successful competition.
Put on in partnership with Hannover Fairs, this preeminent renewable energy event brought together over 1,000 delegates and over 100 exhibitors at Calgary’s BMO Centre.
This year marked both the 35th and final iteration of this conference in its current form as it moves towards reinvention to reflect the increasing importance of renewable energy solutions that leverage multiple technologies.
Next year, wind energy and other renewable energy-industry leaders, stakeholders and influencers will meet in Toronto on November 10-12 at Electricity Transformation Canada – a new and more holistic annual conference organized in partnership by CanWEA, the Canadian Solar Industries Association and Hannover Fairs.
This new direction recognizes that the best customer solutions – from cost, reliability, flexibility and environmental perspectives – will increasingly rely on the coordinated use of a suite of renewable generation and energy storage technologies. This reality was very much reflected in this year’s CanWEA conference, where today’s program included a panel discussion of hybrid wind and solar projects.
The conference opened today with CanWEA’s annual Awards Breakfast, and a complete list of those recognized for excellence within the industry appears below.
CanWEA and WiRE Award Winners
R.J. Templin Award: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited
Siemens Gamesa has more than 1,000 turbines installed in Canada alone, and a recent order of 43 additional ones will be the most powerful turbines with the largest rotor size in the country to date. The company uses biomimicry to improved acoustic performance, and its DinoTail blade technology – inspired by owl flight – reduces turbine noise by more than 10 per cent while maintaining production capacity.
Individual Leadership Award: Jody Law
Law has led the development of over 1,500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in Canada since 2010, representing about 17 per cent of installed capacity during that time and 11 per cent of total Canadian installed capacity. This included the first wind project to be sited, permitted and financed under the federal First Nations Land Management Act, which provided a roadmap for Indigenous participation in wind energy development.
Group Leadership Award: Alliance Éolienne de l’Est
Alliance Éolienne de l’Est is a unique investment vehicle and partnership between two broadly-based local agencies in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions, including local government and First Nation participation. It worked with six developers on submissions to a Hydro-Québec Distribution call for tenders in 2014, resulting in development of two community-owned windfarms that are expected to generate significant and long-term net profits.
Wind Energy Project Award: Park Éolien Nicolas-Riou
The Nicolas-Riou Wind Project, located northeast of Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, is the culmination of a partnership between EDF Renewables and two inter-municipal energy boards. It is also one of the two community-owned wind farms developed with the involvement of the Alliance Éolienne de l’Est. Nicolas-Riou is the largest community wind project owned on an equal-share basis in North America and represents a $500 million investment in development and construction.
Friend of Wind Award: Jennifer Pereira
Pereira is a freelance journalist of Anishinabek background who has written extensively on wind energy and its benefits for Indigenous communities. Her efforts contributed to the social acceptance and advancement of a wind energy project in her own Henvey Inlet First Nation. Among other efforts, Pereira developed cultural awareness training materials that became a mandatory part of site orientation for project construction workers.
Matt Holder Community Award: David Durrant
Durrant is facility manager for Meikle Wind, the largest wind facility in British Columbia, where he has helped foster a strong ethic of volunteerism and community support within his team. He has sat on a municipal council, and served in volunteer capacities ranging from medic at community events to chair of various committees. Durrant has also developed strong and collaborative working relationships with local Treaty 8 First Nations.
Women in Renewable Energy WiRE Wind Power Woman of Distinction Award: Kelly Snyder, EDP Renewables
Snyder leads EDPR’s Eastern Region Origination Team with responsibility for power purchase agreement negotiations, pricing strategies for renewable projects, and analysis of the impact of current and potential market rules. She has worked across multiple regions, held various energy trading roles, and is a co-founder of the Women In Energy Conference which launched in 2017.
“This year’s event bookends 35 years of successful, stand-alone wind energy conferences hosted by CanWEA. That’s a great foundation as we look towards next year’s launch of the Electricity Transformation Canada event. I look forward to an even broader range of participants at that event, and to our ongoing consideration of opportunities for closer collaboration among renewable energy interests to meet the evolving needs of electricity grids and customers.”
– Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
“We’re very pleased to have partnered with CanWEA again this year on the development and staging of this long-standing conference. And we’re even more excited to be part of the vision for a broader event next year, that will encompass key and complementary clean energy technologies. Electricity Transformation Canada has a strong pedigree to build from and is poised to immediately become Canada’s largest clean energy conference.”
– Larry Turner, President and CEO, Hannover Fairs
“Saskatchewan’s Prairie Resilience plan requires that SaskPower cut emissions in the electricity sector by 40 per cent by 2030. Our excellent wind energy resource will be essential to achieving that, and industry engagement in our recent wind procurement was very strong. We look forward to continued growth in our wind energy capacity through a new wind energy procurement that will be launched later this fall.”
– Honourable Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for SaskPower
“While our company is rooted in wind energy, we very much recognize that hybrid projects incorporating energy storage and other technologies are increasingly where the industry is moving. We were pleased to speak to and engage with colleagues on this trend at this year’s conference, and we are excited about the emergence of greater cross-technology collaboration in the renewable energy industry in Canada and globally.”
– Christine Grey, Head of Hybrid Systems, Americas, Siemens Gamesa (Diamond Sponsor of this year’s conference)
- An awards partnership with Women in Renewable Energy is one initiative that supports CanWEA’s status as a signatory to an international initiative targeting gender equality in clean energy by 2030.
- A recent SaskPower wind procurement attracted 29 bids from 15 proponents, after which it signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Potentia Renewables’ 200 MW Golden South Wind energy facility.
- Electricity Transformation Canada next November will be Canada’s largest renewable energy conference and exhibition, focusing on wind and solar energy, energy storage, and complementary technologies.
- Vision: A Wind Energy Vision for Canada.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
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