Exploring Canada's new economic opportunity at Wind Energy Supply and Value Chain Seminar



    OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives from a broad range of
sectors will explore the new economic opportunity presented by Canada's
expanding wind energy industry at a Feb. 18-19 seminar and networking session
in Toronto titled 'Opportunities in Canada's Wind Energy Supply and Value
Chains'.
    Organized by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), and developed
in collaboration with Industry Canada, the national seminar is one in a series
of educational Wind Matters sessions the association will host this year on
various topics relating to Canada's wind energy industry.
    Wind energy represents a major industrial development and economic
stimulus opportunity for Canada. Between now and 2020 it is estimated that $1
trillion will be invested in new wind energy facilities worldwide and that
more than 1.75 million jobs will be created in this rapidly growing industry.
This has created a strong demand for wind turbines - comprising more than
8,000 separate components - leaving manufacturers challenged to keep up. There
is also high demand for a broad range of specialized services in areas such as
construction, steel fabrication, transportation, engineering, and operations
and maintenance.
    "We believe wind energy represents a timely opportunity for
diversification as much of Canada's traditional manufacturing sector has been
hard hit in recent years," says Robert Hornung, President of CanWEA. "Canada
has the highly skilled labor force, the existing manufacturing facilities and
the cutting-edge technology required to participate in this growing world-wide
market. This seminar will create the opportunity for representatives from many
different sectors to explore how they might participate in this global
industry."
    CanWEA's Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future, argues that Canada
has the potential to make wind energy the country's next great economic
opportunity, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing other
environmental concerns. Achieving the goal of providing 20 per cent of the
country's electricity needs with wind energy by the year 2025 will result in
$79 billion in new investment, the creation of up to 52,000 new "green collar"
jobs, and more than $165 million in new revenues for municipalities, many in
rural areas hit hard by traditional resource declines. For more information,
please visit: http://www.canwea.ca/events/windmatters4_e.php

    The Canadian Wind Energy association (CanWEA) is a non-profit industry
association representing more than 400 members in the wind energy industry.
CanWEA promotes the responsible development and application of all aspects of
wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy
environment.




For further information:

For further information: Ulrike Kucera, Media Relations Officer, (613)
234-8716, ext. 228, mobile: (613) 867-4433, ulrikekucera@canwea.ca


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