PORT ELGIN, ON, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - A CAW owned and operated wind
turbine started operating today generating clean wind energy to the
electrical grid in Port Elgin, Ontario.
"This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an
environmental milestone for our union - this is the first union owned
and operated wind turbine in Canada," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.
The start of the turbine comes after nine years of planning,
preparation, construction and testing.
"This green energy wind turbine will generate enough power to offset 350
tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year and demonstrates the CAW's
commitment to promoting and developing alternate sources of renewable
energy," Lewenza said.
The CAW has erected the wind turbine on the grounds of its Family
Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. It will generate the
equivalent of 50-60 per cent of the FEC's current energy needs.
The CAW's commitment to environmental sustainability is enshrined in the
CAW's Statement of Principles and reflects the union's concern about
serious global challenges such as climate change, preserving the
natural environment and advocating for clean, renewable power
generation to meet future energy needs.
"Our planet faces an environmental crisis of major proportions, one
which could challenge our very survival," Lewenza said.
"Unions around the world are striving to address this crisis, while
protecting the welfare of working men and women. The CAW is also
committed to this task. On behalf of our members, we advocate for a
healthier environment on many fronts; in the workplace, at the
bargaining table, in the community and through political activism. Our
wind turbine serves as a symbol of environmental sustainability for
generations to come," he said.
CAW is setting a great example with this new wind turbine, said
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers' Union President Dave Coles.
"While governments drag their feet on strategies for the use of
renewable resources, unions are leading the way."
Coles noted that CEP has been calling for a national energy strategy for
years - one that includes a stable and sustainable energy supply for
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
congratulated the CAW on the launch of the wind turbine.
"Supporting the renewable energy sector brings us one step closer to
ending our reliance on polluting coal plants," said Gideon Forman Executive Director of CAPE. "By investing in clean, safe, renewable
energy, the CAW is also investing in the health of Ontarians. Thanks to
their leadership, we will all be able to breathe cleaner air."
The CAW has demonstrated real leadership with the development of their
first windmill, said Kristopher Stevens, executive director of the
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.
"Projects like this are a beacon for other local groups across Ontario
seeking to create good jobs, resilient communities and healthy
environments by tapping into sustainable energy solutions," Stevens
To find out more about the CAW wind turbine please visit www.caw.ca/cleanwindenergy
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Ken Bondy, CAW national co-ordinator, 416-495-3792 or CAW Communications, 416-495-3771.