CanWEA 2017, the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s annual conference and exhibition attracted more than 1,200 wind energy professionals from Canada and around the world, being held in Montreal, Quebec on Oct. 3 to 5, 2017 at the Palais des congrès.
Increased utilization of Canada's massive untapped reserves of low-cost wind energy will be critical if this country is to remain competitive in the global shift to a low-carbon economy, industry leaders agreed as the Canadian Wind Energy Association's (CanWEA) 33rd Annual Conference and Exhibition kicked off today in Montreal.
More than 1,200 wind energy professionals from Canada and around the world are attending CanWEA 2017, being held October 3-5 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Hosted by CanWEA and Hannover Fairs (Canada), the 2 ½-day event features a dynamic line up of expert speakers on a range of topics that include emerging business development opportunities, wind and energy market trends, industry best practices and technology innovation. More than 110 exhibitors, representing the industry's leading companies in Canada, are showcasing the latest in wind-related products and services on the tradeshow floor.
Keynote speakers include Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, The Honourable Jim Carr, and The Honourable Sergio Marchi, CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association.
The electricity grid of the future was in the spotlight during the conference's opening plenary session. Independent experts and electricity sector professionals weighed in on how cost-competitive renewable generation sources, rapidly advancing smart grid and storage technologies, shifting consumer expectations, and a global commitment to clean growth are transforming the way we produce and use energy. Panellists also shared insights on how governments and utilities in Canada can lead this transition, noting that Quebec's 2030 Energy Policy links the province's renewable resources to its future economic prosperity. At the same time Alberta and Saskatchewan are moving aggressively to modernize their electricity grids and revitalize their economies by targeting clean energy development and Ontario is about to release its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) that will have to support its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent by 2050.
Wednesday's plenary session will delve into emerging demand drivers for wind, including the rise of electric vehicles, new opportunities in remote communities and northern Canada, the increasing interest in wind energy exports to the United States, and the upsurge in corporate renewable energy purchases. The conference's closing plenary will focus on the electricity market reforms needed to help drive investment to cleaner sources of generation.
The program also features eight concurrent educational sessions, providing insight on how forward-thinking wind farm operators, project developers and electricity system planners can turn change into opportunity, tackling the permitting, resource assessment, and health and safety challenges facing a growing industry, and delving into the operational improvements and technology advancements that will contribute to the sector's long-term success.
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 www.canwea.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association