Wind power is one of the fastest-growing source of energy around the world, and Canada offers no exception. Over the last five years, more wind energy capacity has been installed in Canada than any other form of electricity generation.
“Canadian wind energy enjoyed record-breaking years in 2013 and 2014, and we are on track to maintain this momentum in 2015 and 2016,” said Robert Hornung, President of CanWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association. “With enough wind energy to power three million average Canadian homes, Canada is one of the world’s top wind-energy producers.”
The country recently surpassed the 10-GW mark of installed wind-power capacity, making it an exciting time for the industry to come together for the 31st CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition this October.
This year’s event will include educational sessions and keynote presentations from the Ontario Energy Minister, the Honorable Bob Chiarelli, and the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Glen Murray. Conference sessions will examine wind-energy challenges and solutions, and offer a platform for questions and discussion.
- The Status of Wind Energy in Canada’s Major Markets. CanWEA’s regional directors will provide a regional update on the wind markets in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec.
- Operations and Maintenance: An Asset Manager’s Perspective. As the country’s wind fleet grows and matures so do the O&M issues at Canadian wind farms. During this session, asset managers will discuss maintenance challenges and how to best address and overcome them.
- Cost of Wind: The Lowest Cost power Around…but for how long? An interactive panel will explore and discuss four key factors that are expected to affect the cost-competitiveness of wind relative to other sources of generation, including pure energy cost, technology evolution, value to the grid, and financing.
- Renewable Energy’s Role in Combating Climate Change in Canada. This session will include an international discussion on the role Canada should play during the Paris climate change talks later this year, and will also cover the province of Ontario’s next steps in de-carbonizing Canada’s energy supply.
Along with informative panel presentations, CanWEA’s annual Innovation Zone will showcase new research and products from community and industry leaders, divided into four strategic areas: Research & Science, Electric Vehicles, Innovative Technologies (featuring battery storage, smart-grid technology, hybrid systems and more), and the Learning Center for exhibitor presentations.
“Expect an informative, educational event,” said Hornung. “Premier exhibiting companies will also present cutting-edge technologies and innovations that will help solve the industry’s biggest problems and pave the way for a more efficient, effective, and sustainable energy future.” WPE
CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place October 5 to 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Learn more at www.windenergyevent.ca
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