• October 3, 2007 3:34 PM
  • - General

CanWEA's 23rd Annual Conference and Trade Show Concludes; Awards Presented at Gala Celebration


    QUEBEC, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association today
concluded its 23rd Annual Conference and Trade Show. The closing plenary
discussion 'Global Developments in Wind and their Impact on Canada' provided
an excellent wrap up to discussions held during the previous conference days.
Last year's record-setting attendance of nearly 1,200 delegates was surpassed
this year as over 1,500 delegates and 160 trade show participants came
together in the provincial capital.
    Tuesday evening's Gala Celebration recognized the CanWEA award winners
for 2007, including:

    Individual Leadership Award.

    Gilles Lefrancois, President of Innergex, a member of the Cartier
consortium that won a large part of the first Hydro Quebec 1000 MW RFP. The
first of these projects, Baie-des-Sables has served as a model of wind project
development in terms of its community engagement and outreach efforts. It has
thus served as a positive example of wind development at a time when wind has
come under intense scrutiny by the public and media. As president of Innergex
and spokesperson for the Coalition pour la Promotion de l'Eolienne,
Mr. Lefrancois is very active in public relations, speaking on many occasions
on behalf of the wind industry and also engaged with municipal leaders,
leading efforts to come to a consensus position on the thorny issue of
municipal royalty payments. Mr. Lefrancois spearheaded the launch of a
partnership between Innergex and the Federation Quebecoise des Municipalités
in support of small wind projects.
    First awarded in 2003, the Individual Leadership Award is awarded to the
individual who has, through their own efforts, significantly advanced the wind
energy industry in Canada

    Group Leadership Award

    Bullfrog Power, a retailer of green electricity to residential and
commercial customers in Ontario and Alberta was the winner of this award. It
has been instrumental in identifying and engaging a customer base who select
wind as their power of choice, facilitating the deployment of several
small-scale wind energy projects in Ontario and Alberta (Schneider Power, Sky
Generation and Alberta Wind Energy). In addition to purchasing 'green' power,
Bullfrog assists 'small wind' developers to access equity and leveraged
financing. Bullfrog has also developed creative partnerships with industry,
taking an equity stake in some projects in order to advance the project.
Bullfrog uses innovative communications tools and media outreach to raise
wind's profile and assist consumers in making the connection between
consumption patterns and environmental choices.
    First awarded in 2001, the Group Leadership Award recognizes the
Government Department, corporation or non-profit organization that has
contributed significantly to the advancement of wind energy in Canada.

    R.J. Templin Award

    Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC) is the recipient of this award,
given for scientific, technical or engineering excellence. RABC proactively
developed Canadian guidelines to assist wind energy project developers in
identifying when their projects may pose a problem for radar and radio
interference. Previously wind energy projects may have faced delays and issues
associated with the potential impact of wind turbines on radar and radio
signals. The achievements of RABC were praised for their consultative nature,
which resulted in a jointly endorsed document to outline guidelines and
standards.

    CanWEA's 2008 Conference will be held next autumn in Vancouver, October
19th - 22nd.



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