Power of Water Canada Continues to Grow

Minister emphasizes the importance of Waterpower in combating Climate Change

NIAGARA, ON, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario Waterpower Association's (OWA) 15th annual Power of Water Canada conference and tradeshow, being held this week in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is once again the largest gathering of the hydroelectric sector in Canada. The event continues to grow with almost four hundred (400) participants and more than sixty (60) exhibitors.

This year's keynote speaker, the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) spoke to the importance of the waterpower industry in combating climate change and meeting strategic targets. The Minister also touched on the environmental, economic, health and social benefits of waterpower.

"The costs associated with the impact of climate change are adding up…they far outweigh the costs investing in resilient, sustainable solutions like waterpower," explained the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. "The reality of what will be required to make deep global emissions cuts means that global demand for cleaner technologies, energy, infrastructure and better low carbon solutions will increase in the coming years."

"Within this context, the waterpower sector's culture of innovation – in power generation, energy use and environmental sustainability will continue to help us become a key centre of low-carbon advancement."

"I am extremely pleased with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's recognition and support of waterpower," said Paul Norris, President of the OWA. "Waterpower was Ontario's original energy source and we are confident that it will continue to be the backbone for the future of energy in Ontario."

The OWA was founded in 2001 to represent the common and collective interests of the province's original green energy sector – waterpower. More than 160 members are committed to advancing resource management and sustainable development. www.owa.ca.

SOURCE Ontario Waterpower Association

For further information: Stephanie Landers, Ontario Waterpower Association, Communications and Public Outreach Coordinator, 866-743-1500 ex. 25, slanders@owa.ca

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