Bursary supports students entering post-secondary programs
OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Today thousands of people in more than 40
countries around the world will hold events to celebrate wind energy
and its environmental, social and economic benefits during the fourth
annual Global Wind Day. To celebrate the growing contribution of wind
energy in Canada, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today
launched the Power of Wind Blog Contest with bursary prizes.
CanWEA is inviting students entering post-secondary education to submit
a 300-word blog on the subject of wind energy. Students can write about
what wind energy means to them and why they think it should be a part
of our future energy mix.
"We are proud to celebrate the growing contribution that wind energy is
making around the world and here in Canada. Communities from coast to
coast are right now experiencing the benefits of clean, affordable wind
energy. We are especially excited to announce the Power of Wind Blog
Contest, which offers Canadian students the opportunity to share their
views on wind energy," said Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA.
The first prize is a $2,000 bursary for post-secondary studies and the
opportunity to climb the turbine at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The
second and third prizes are bursaries worth $500 and $250 respectively.
Participants will have the chance to submit their blog entries from
June 15th to September 15th, 2012 and the winners will be announced at CanWEA's Annual Awards
Banquet in Toronto in the fall where the first prize winner will
deliver his or her essay in person. Additional information, contest
rules, and terms and conditions can be found on the Friends of Wind
Canada's wind energy industry enjoyed a record year in 2011 with
approximately 1,267 MW of new wind energy capacity representing an
investment of $3.1 billion and creating 13,000 person-years of
employment. In 2011, Canada was in 6th place globally in terms of new
installed wind energy capacity and ranked 9th globally for cumulative
capacity. The country currently has 5,403 MW of total installed
capacity - representing about 2.3 per cent of Canada's total
electricity demand and enough to power more than 1.2 million Canadian
homes. Canada's wind energy industry is also on track to reach over
10,000 MW of total installed capacity by 2015.
Additional Global Wind Day celebrations include turbine climbs for media
personalities, an event for supporters of wind in Toronto and the grand
opening of Enbridge's Greenwich Wind Project in the Township of Dorion,
Ontario. The Greenwich Wind Farm will generate approximately 100 MW of
electricity, enough clean, renewable energy to power around 30,000
average Canadian homes.
The blog contest is also sponsored by Friend of Wind - Ontario, a group
of individuals who share factual information about wind energy's
contribution to Ontario's power supply and regional economies. The
Friends of Wind website gives supporters the opportunity to join the
conversation and spread the word about wind energy. www.friendsofwind.ca.
Read more about Global Wind Day activities around the world: www.globalwindday.org.
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its
more than 420 members. 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. To join other
global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can
and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the
country's electricity from wind by 2025. The document Wind Vision 2025
- Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca.
SOURCE CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Canadian Wind Energy Association
Office: 613-234-8716 ext: 228
Canadian Wind Energy Association
Office: 613-234-8716 ext: 241