Newly Created Energy Industry Network Calls for More Renewables to Fight Air Pollution and Climate Change



    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Four national industry associations that
represent the geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind industries today
announced the creation of the Canadian Renewable Energy Industry Network
(CREIN). Its mission is to promote the sustainable development of renewable
sources of energy for the benefit of all Canadians, and CREIN members will
work together to advocate for a much greater role for renewable energy in the
Federal Government's response to air pollution and climate change.
    While Canada currently meets 17 percent of its primary energy supply and
over 60 percent of its electricity needs with renewables, this only represents
a fraction of the country's enormous potential for increased development of
mature and emerging renewable technologies.
    The Federal Government is now consulting on the details of its Regulatory
Framework for Air Emissions and CREIN members will actively collaborate in
this process to ensure that renewable energy is an important element of the
Government's strategy. Specifically, CREIN is seeking to ensure that renewable
energies be allowed to participate in any future emissions trading systems
through the creation of offsets, that any technology fund support the
deployment of renewable energies and that past efforts to deploy renewable
energies are recognized and credited.
    Renewable sources of energy provide major ecological, economic, and
social advantages. They are the solution to meeting our energy needs, while
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and controlling air pollution. And because
they are renewable, the benefits are handed across generations.
    By further developing this potential, Canada can preserve its traditional
role as a world- leader in clean renewable energy, while addressing air
pollution and climate change concerns. Increased use of renewables also
stimulates economic growth and job creation in a wide range of sectors such as
research, manufacturing, and installation.
    The four associations working together as CREIN are: the Canadian
GeoExchange Coalition (CGC), the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA), the
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), and the Canadian Wind Energy
Association (CanWEA).

    
    Backgrounder

    Canadian Renewable Energy Industry Network Members

    About CGC

    Canadian GeoExchange Coalition    Suite 501, 1030 Cherrier,
    President & CEO: Denis Tanguay    Montreal, Quebec H2L 1H9
                                      Tel.: 514 807-7559
                                      Fax: 514 807-8221
                                      www.geo-exchange.ca

    Mission

    The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition is building a stronger sustainable
geoexchange industry through the deployment of made-in-Canada training
programs. The CGC currently offers a rigorous accreditation process for
professionals and a certification program for geoexchange systems. Taken
together, these programs contribute to increasing the role of geoexchange in
Canada's energy supply environment.

    Members

    More than 100 companies and geoexchange industry stakeholders

    - Members include energy distribution companies; equipment manufacturers
      and distributors; system designers; system installers; financial, legal
      and other industry support services; research centres; academic
      institutions; building owners and managers; facilities managers;
      developers.

    Industry Quick Facts

    - The Canadian geoexchange industry relies on a mature technology and is
      supported by a network of hundreds of distributors and qualified
      professionals from coast to coast.
    - Geoexchange systems consume 25 to 75% less energy than standard heating
      and air conditioning devices. The current use of geoexchange technology
      reduces greenhouse gases by 89 Mt annually.
    - Over 40,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed for residential,
      commercial, and industrial purposes.

    Potential

    - The industry currently accounts for less than 1% of Canadian heating
      and cooling systems; however, it is growing very rapidly (44% annually
      in both 2005 and 2006).
    - When geoexchange represents 10% of the Canadian HVAC market, it will
      allow Canada to reduce its annual emissions by an estimated 894 Mt.

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    About CHA

    Canadian Hydropower Association   Suite 600, 255 Albert Street
    President: Pierre Fortin          Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6A9
                                      Tel.: 613 751-6655
                                      Fax: 613 751-4465
                                      www.canhydropower.org

    Mission

    The Canadian Hydropower Association promotes the technical, economic,
social and environmental advantages of hydropower and advocates the
responsible use of hydropower to meet present and future electricity needs in
a sustainable manner.

    Members

    Over 40 corporate members

    - Hydropower producers representing more than 95% of the hydropower
      capacity in Canada, as well as manufacturers, developers, engineering
      firms, organizations and individuals interested in the field of
      hydropower.

    Industry Quick Facts

    - The industry is composed of fewer than 50 businesses, approximately a
      quarter of which are large public utilities.
    - Hydropower is the leading source of clean and renewable energy; about
      two-thirds of electricity in Canada is generated by the power of water.

    Potential

    - Over 163,000 megawatts of technical potential has been identified. This
      potential represents more than twice the amount currently in operation
      (70,858 MW), and it is available in all provinces and territories.

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    About CanSIA

    Canadian Solar Industries         Suite 208, 2378 Holly Lane
    Association                       Ottawa, Ontario  K1V 7P1
    President: Andrew van Doorn       Tel.: 613 736-9077 or 866 522-6742
                                      Fax: 613 736-8938
                                      www.cansia.ca

    Mission

    The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a
strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to
service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar
solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the
transition to a solar energy future worldwide. CanSIA works to strengthen the
Canadian solar industry, increase the professionalism of companies, foster
domestic and international markets, and promote the use of renewable energies.

    Members

    152 companies

    - Building contractors and owners, engineers, architects, energy
      suppliers, heating and ventilation specialists, cottage/ residential
      owners, and farmers.

    Industry Quick Facts

    - CanSIA estimates that there are currently about 1000 jobs in the solar
      industry in Canada. By 2025, this could grow to 60,000 jobs.

    Potential

    - Canada ranks 14th of 20 reporting International Energy Agency countries
      in deployment of solar PV and ranks 17th of 22 reporting countries for
      solar thermal.
    - The potential for development could represent over 70,000 MW.

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    About CanWEA

    Canadian Wind Energy Association  Suite 810, 170 Laurier Avenue West
    President: Robert Hornung         Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 5V5
                                      Tel.: 613 234-8716 or 800 922-6932
                                      Fax: 613 234-5642
                                      www.canwea.ca

    Mission

    The Canadian Wind Energy Association promotes the appropriate development
and application of all aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the
creation of a suitable policy environment. CanWEA's initial objective is to
have 10,000 MW of wind energy installed or contracted in Canada by 2010.

    Members

    330 companies involved in Canada's wind energy industry

    - Wind turbine and component manufacturers, wind energy project
      developers, wind energy project owners, and a broad range of service
      providers to the wind energy industry.

    Industry Quick Facts

    - Installed wind energy capacity in Canada has more than doubled in 2006,
      ending the year at 1,460 MW -enough electricity to meet the needs of
      over 440,000 Canadian homes.
    - The record 772 MW of wind energy capacity installed in Canada in 2006
      represents an investment of more than $1.5 billion.

    Potential

    - Current provincial targets and objectives add up to a minimum of
      10,000 MW of wind energy in Canada by 2015. This would meet 4% of
      Canada's total electricity demand and would represent more than 15% of
      the electricity generated by all electricity facilities constructed in
      Canada between 2005 and 2015.
    - 10,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity only scratches the surface
      of Canada's massive wind energy potential. Denmark already meets 20% of
      its electricity needs with wind and Canada has more than enough quality
      wind resource to support the 50,000 MW of installed wind energy
      capacity required to meet that level in Canada.
    




For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Collu, (514) 844-7338, M: (514)
943-6557, collug@videotron.ca; Source: Denis Tanguay, president and CEO,
Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (514) 807-7559 ext.24,
denis.tanguay@geo-exchange.ca; Pierre Fortin, president and CEO, Canadian
Hydropower Association, (613) 751-6655, pfortin@canhydropower.org; Elizabeth
McDonald, executive director, Canadian Solar Industries Association, (613)
736-9077, emcdonald@cansia.ca; Robert Hornung, president, Canadian Wind Energy
Association, (613) 234-8716, roberthornung@canwea.ca

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