The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Hannover Fairs announced that the CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Calgary next year, from November 1 to 3, 2016. Calgary offers an ideal location for next year’s event because it is centrally located to Western Canada’s neighboring provinces, bringing a special focus to Western Canada’s wind energy developments.
The CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the oldest and most prestigious wind energy events in the world. Each year, CanWEA hosts more than 1,500 delegates and 150 exhibitors from 13 countries active in Canada’s wind energy market to discuss opportunities, review the latest developments, and facilitate networking.
“As the national wind energy association, CanWEA is committed to hosting Canada’s largest wind energy conference in select cities across the country to better network with all of our industry members and governments across Canada,” said Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. “In the next decade, Western Canada will see important industrial developments and changes in its electricity sector, increasing the need for new, clean and affordable wind power.”
In Alberta, new opportunities are opening for wind energy, such as:
- More than 50% of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation in Canada are produced in Alberta, presenting a huge opportunity for wind energy to help clean up the electricity grid.
- Alberta elected a new government in 2015 that is committed to phasing out coal-fired electricity generation, expanding renewable energy sources, and adopting more aggressive actions on climate change.
- Fall 2016 will be a perfect time to engage the industry on those challenges and seize the expected new development opportunities.
Other Western Canada markets show potential, including:
- As British Columbia’s industrial sector grows with plans to build liquefied natural gas plants, there will be a growing need for new clean and affordable power, such as wind energy.
- Saskatchewan is working to release a new wind energy strategy in 2015 with an expected wind energy target of 20 per cent of energy capacity, or about 12 percent of total generation, to be achieved over the next 15 years.
“Hosting the 2016 CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary will allow these discussions to take place where the action is located,” added Mr. Hornung.
The 2015 CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Center from October 5 to 7, 2015. This year’s program sessions include an update of the status of wind energy in Canada’s major markets among many other topics of interest to wind power professionals.
More than 95% of delegates attend to network and develop business opportunities and 79% are final decision makers or key influencers in purchases. The CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier event for uncovering new wind energy investment opportunities in Canada and will provide the most up-to-date information on wind power across the country.
To learn more about attending CanWEA 2015 this October or next year’s event in Calgary, visit the CanWEA web site at http://windenergyevent.ca.
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