OTTAWA & CHICAGO, Sept. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Hannover Fairs USA have announced the formal conference program for CanWEA's annual exhibition to be held from October 27-29, 2014, in Montreal, Quebec. The 2014 conference program will focus on a wide range of topics of interest to Canadian and international wind energy investors, including Canadian market growth and investment opportunities, wind energy project development and operations, wind energy integration and storage, and wind energy as a solution to climate change and other electricity system challenges.
Often called the one-stop shop to learn everything about the Canadian wind energy market, the CanWEA 2014 conference is the country's largest annual wind energy educational and networking event. It brings together approximately 1,500 industry experts and 150 exhibitors in Canada's wind energy market to discuss growth opportunities, policy and technology developments and to facilitate networking.
"Canada is one of the world's leading wind energy markets and has installed, on average, more than 1,000 MW of new wind energy capacity annually over the last five years", says Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. "Visitors to CanWEA 2014 will gain insights into the new investment opportunities that are now emerging in provinces across Canada."
Sessions—Climate Change, Global Investment and More
This year's conference will include a celebration of the association's 30th anniversary and multiple educational sessions, including:
- Global Opportunities for New Wind Energy Investment
- Operations and Maintenance Leaders Panel
- Taxes, Ethics, Acquisition, and Technical Review through a Finance Lens
- Current Best Practices to Responding to Common Concerns
Operations and maintenance will have a dedicated session track, responding to the service market projection of $5 billion by 2020 in the Americas (source: North American Windpower). Senior leaders from Suzlon, Boralex, and Kruger Energy will provide key operational insights along with owners, OEM and third party service providers.
Another key focus will be advances in energy storage capacity, which is critical to scaling up worldwide renewables by integrating remote generation sites into the grid. Senior representatives of Energy Storage Ontario, the Wind Energy Institute of Canada, and Hatch Consulting will provide their perspectives on storage, as well as battery technology developments and utility scale applications.
CanWEA 2014 also offers a new "Innovation Zone". This new platform provides a showcase for cutting edge technologies in partnership with the research community, industry leaders and the start-up scene. Visitors to the area can learn about energy storage and smart grid technology, hybrid generation (wind-diesel, wind-solar, wind-natural gas) and solutions for operations in cold climate.
North American Export and Investment Opportunities
Conference networking events and sessions provide an opportunity for potential investors to explore expansion planned by provincial Canadian governments, including:
- Investment in projects currently contracted to be built or in development for future procurement opportunities
- Manufacturing needs, especially in Ontario and Quebec
- Providing construction and consulting services
"CanWEA offers an incredible education opportunity for wind energy investors," said Larry Turner, CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, the U.S. subsidiary of trade event organizer Deutsche Messe and CanWEA exhibition partner. "Canada is the 9th largest wind energy market in the world and 5th in new installations. It's also considered an entry point to the U.S. and a hedge against the ups and downs of the U.S. market. In addition, Canadian clean energy exports can play a role in North American efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change."
Conference exhibitors include leading international wind energy companies that have invested in Canada, such as: EDF EN Canada, Enercon, GE Power & Water, Senvion, Siemens, Vestas, and more.
To learn more about CanWEA 2014 and the opportunity to gain deep knowledge of the Canadian wind energy market, visit the CanWEA 2014 conference web site at http://canwea2014.ca/.
On-line application for media accreditation allows full access to the media center, plenary sessions, presentation venues, workshops and exhibition floor.
Follow the link to register.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible andsustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its 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. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and for insight on industry issues join the conversation at www.windfacts.ca
About Hannover Fairs USA
Hannover Fairs USA develops and manages marketing programs at Deutsche Messe events in Hannover, Germany and the United States, as well as in such key emerging markets as China, India and Turkey. Working closely with its clients, Hannover Fairs helps them maintain their competitive position on and off the event floor. The company's programs reflect the global scope of Deutsche Messe's activities and include such world-renowned B-to-B trade fairs as CeBIT (information and communications technology), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), and LIGNA HANNOVER (forestry and wood industries).
Image with caption: "Guest speaker, Mr. Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist with the Globe and Mail will address conference delegates and participants on the topic of climate change at the Opening Plenary of the Canadian Wind Energy Association?s 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140905_C1823_PHOTO_EN_5367.jpg
Image with caption: "Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Government of Quebec will speak to CanWEA conference delegates about Quebec?s energy policy. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140905_C1823_PHOTO_EN_5368.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
For further information: Media contacts: Ulrike Kucera, Media Relations Officer, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Direct: 613-234-8716 ext. 228 / Toll-free 1-800-922-6932, Mobile: 613 867 4433, [email protected]; Kathy Zoeller, Media Relations, Hannover Fairs USA, Direct: 312-988-9352, [email protected]