Today the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments expressed strong support for wind energy at the opening of the 34thAnnual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition, attended by approximately 1,200 utility, government, and industry leaders.
Jessica Littlewood, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade for Small Business, set the tone for the day at CanWEA 2018 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.
The Honorable 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.
Conference attendees also learned from the insights presented during today’s keynote luncheon, which featured a U.S. republican lawmaker and national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Representative Jason Saine (97th North Carolina House District), talking with Sarah Hunt, Co-Founder and CEO at the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, about “Why Conservatives Love Wind Energy”.
For more information about the other speakers and panels, as well as information about the exhibitors, visit the event website or download the printable Show Guide.