Canadian Wind Energy Association Announces Annual Award Winners Recognized For Industry Leadership



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) recognized organizations and individuals working tirelessly to
advance the wind-energy industry in Canada during its gala Awards Banquet
Tuesday as part of its 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver.
    Awards were presented in three categories: Individual Leadership, Group
Leadership and the R.J. Templin Award, for scientific, technical, engineering
or policy work which has helped wind energy grow to new heights in Canada.

    CanWEA award winners for 2008 are:

    Individual Leadership Award
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    Wayne MacQuarrie, CEO of the PEI Energy Company, has been a critical
contributor to wind development on Prince Edward Island and has helped make
the province an example for others to follow. Through his efforts, PEI now has
the highest wind penetration in Canada, with 72 MW representing 20 per cent of
the province's electricity supply.

    Group Leadership Award
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    Hydro Quebec is the recipient of this award for its work to ensure a
promising future for wind energy in Quebec and Canada. Less than a year after
announcing 2,000 MW Call For Power, the energy distributor already has plans
to announce two new Calls For Power worth 250 MW each. This will boost
Quebec's operating capacity to 4,000 MW by 2015.

    R.J. Templin Award
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    The Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) has played an important
leadership role in developing policy framework and undertaking initiatives
that have facilitated the integration and movement towards much larger wind
penetration levels in Alberta. Key actions include, developing of a Market and
Operational Framework for Wind Integration in Alberta and undertaking a major
Wind Energy Forecasting Pilot Project.
    "We are proud to recognize this year's CanWEA award winners for their
outstanding contributions to the wind-energy industry in Canada," said Robert
Hornung, president of CanWEA. "It is thanks to their ongoing efforts and
achievements that Canada is well positioned to achieve CanWEA's goal of having
wind satisfy 20 per cent of the country's electricity needs by 2025."

    CanWEA is the voice of the wind power industry in Canada. It works on
behalf of its 400 members to facilitate and promote the responsible and
sustainable growth of wind energy across the country. Wind energy is an
important component of Canada's energy future, bringing new investment and
employment while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. CanWEA's annual
Conference and Trade Show is being held in Vancouver Oct. 19 - 22.




For further information:

For further information: Lara Gerrits, Laura Ballance Media Group
(LBMG), (604) 805-9545 (cell), Lara.Gerrits@LBMG.ca; Ulrike Kucera, CanWEA
Media Relations Officer, (613) 867-4433 (cell), ulrikekucera@canwea.ca


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