The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) attracted a huge following this year with 1676 attendees and 126 exhibitors at the BMO Center in Calgary, Alberta from November 1-3.
Calgary’s major, His Worship Naheed Nenshi, was in attendance and discussed some of the initiatives currently backed by the government. Some initiatives include the installation of 5,000 MW of renewable energy, in support of their goal to generate 30% of electricity demand through renewable sources by 2030. These plans are forecasted to bring in roughly 7200 jobs and $10.5 billion in investments.
Saskatchewan is also targeting an additional 1600 MW of wind energy to its
The CanWEA President Robert Hornung said, “Many new growth opportunities for our industry have emerged in the western provinces. Wind energy represents a massive opportunity for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Capitalizing on the world-class wind resources in the region can help both provinces meet aggressive climate change goals in a cost-effective way. During this year’s conference, industry experts demonstrated how wind energy can help position both Alberta and Saskatchewan for success in the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
Vice-president of planning, environment & sustainable development, SaskPower, Guy Bruce said, “Over the next few years, a large number of SaskPower’s generating facilities will reach the end of their life spans, and on top of that, we expect demand for electricity to continue to grow as our province grows. Wind energy is an affordable way to help meet that challenge, and at the same time help SaskPower meet its goal of reducing electricity sector greenhouse emissions 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.”