CanWEA Launches 23rd Annual Conference and Trade Show



    QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
launched its 23 Annual Conference and Trade show - to-date, its largest by
far.
    At this morning's opening plenary Quebec Minister of Natural Resources
and Wildlife, the Honourable Claude Béchard, underscored Quebec's commitment
to developing renewable energy. The Minister spoke specifically about Quebec's
unique ability to integrate wind energy because of the complementary nature of
the province's significant hydroelectric generation. He stressed Quebec's goal
of installing 4000 MW of wind energy by the year 2015, representing of 40% of
Canada's installed wind energy capacity in that year, making it Canada's wind
energy leader.
    Nationally, it has also been another good year for the wind energy
industry setting it on a path to achieving a minimum of 12,000 MW of wind
energy by 2016. That's enough energy to meet 5.1% of Canada's total
electricity demand and supply power for 3.6 million Canadian homes.
    Tomorrow morning The Honourable Gary Lunn, Federal Minister of Natural
Resources wraps up the opening plenary with a keynote address updating
delegates on the 1.48 billion ecoEnergy for Renewable Power program (ERP).
    Throughout the afternoon, delegates will participate in discussions on
issues such as: wind energy forecasting, policy developments across Canada and
challenges and opportunities surrounding wind farm siting.
    The day draws to a close with a keynote speech on wind energy's role in
addressing climate change by Steven Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global
Wind Energy Council.




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