The world is in the midst of an unmistakeable and unstoppable transition to a low-carbon future, and Canada is no exception. Alberta and Saskatchewan are moving aggressively to modernize their electricity systems and expand their energy economies to capitalize on the advantages of renewable energy, Ontario is building a clean and flexible grid that will underpin its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, Quebec’s new 2016-2030 energy policy accelerates its shift toward renewable energy sources and positions the province to become a provider of competitive clean power to neighbouring markets, and the Maritimes is exploring the use of smart grid technologies and regional dispatch to reliably integrate high levels of renewable generation.
As these changes in the energy sector take hold, wind is poised to play a central role. The wind energy sector in Canada is a mature industry and mainstream supplier of the reliable, low-cost, emissions-free electricity that will drive the next century of clean growth. CanWEA 2017 will examine this Energy Transition, and the market rules, infrastructure investments, technological innovation, operational improvements, and policy solutions that will open the door to long-term, sustainable opportunities for our industry and, at the same time, ensure Canada remains competitive in the rapidly advancing low-carbon economy.
This year’s program will provide attendees with valuable industry insights, including an overview of current trends and future prospects for wind energy in Canada. Our plenary sessions will engage industry experts, political leaders and key stakeholders in discussions about the main opportunities and challenges currently faced by Canada’s wind energy industry.
The conference plenaries and education sessions will explore a variety of themes. This year’s themes include:
- Evolving analysis of wind energy economic opportunities and challenges across Canada’s markets
- Operations and maintenance: Asset management to maximize value
- Innovation: Disruptive technologies and their impact on wind energy
- Export opportunities to the north eastern United States and the advantages offered by wind energy
- Wind integration: Electricity market reform
- Health and safety: Ensuring employees are safe and organizations are compliant with Canadian regulations
- Siting considerations including aviation, radar, avian and noise
- Latest developments and advancements in resource assessment
- Wind turbine end of life: Considerations from repowering to decommissioning
- Storage: Maturing technology
- Electrification: Impact of electrification of transportation, buildings and industrial processes