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CanWEA conference to explore energy transition

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2017-10-02

Wind energy's pivotal role in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future will be in the spotlight when industry leaders gather this fall for the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) 2017 conference and exhibition.

 - CanWEA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition is attracting close to 1,500 attendees and more than 100 exhibiting companies from around the world
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CanWEA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition is attracting close to 1,500 attendees and more than 100 exhibiting companies from around the world

CanWEA and its partner Hannover Fairs (Canada) have unveiled the program for this year’s event, set for October 3-5 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The theme of the conference is Energy Transition, and over the course of 2½ days, a line-up of expert speakers will examine how the rise of low-cost renewable generation sources, the rapid pace of technological innovation, shifting consumer expectations and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are disrupting electricity business models and transforming the way we produce and use energy.

The event’s three plenary sessions will discuss emerging demand drivers for wind energy in Canada, and explore how electricity infrastructure modernization, grid operational changes, and electricity market reforms can enable integration of the high penetrations of renewable energy required to meet Canada’s economic and environmental goals.

A series of eight concurrent educational sessions are also planned, providing insight on how forward-thinking wind farm operators, project developers and electricity system planners can turn change into opportunity, tackling the permitting, resource assessment, and health and safety challenges facing a growing industry, and delving into the operational improvements, technology advancements, and policy solutions that will contribute to the sector’s ongoing success.

Huge investments for wind and solar plants

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Oultlook 2017 predicts that nearly three-quarters of the US$10.2 trillion to be spent on new power generation worldwide to 2040 will be invested in wind and solar plants. Wind and solar will make up 48 per cent of the world’s installed generating capacity and 34 per cent of electricity generation by 2040, compared with just 12 per cent and five per cent now.

For more information, please visit the CanWEA Wind Markets web page: canwea.ca.