Thank you to everyone who joined us in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 27 & 28, 2015.
The event concluded with a strong commitment to work with provincial governments to capitalize on Western Canada’s massive untapped wind resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support economic diversification in the region.
While wind energy has begun to make a significant contribution to electricity generation in Western Canada, much more is possible. “Canada’s western provinces are on the cusp of a number of important policy decisions that will determine what the scope and shape of future wind energy development in these provinces will be,” said Robert Hornung, President of CanWEA. “We are committed to work with provincial governments to capture Western Canada’s wind energy opportunity.”
Governments in Western Canada are coping with the challenges posed by the economic impact of low oil prices and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and cost-competitive wind energy is well positioned to help address these issues. “Clean and renewable wind energy can help reduce fossil fuel use in the electricity sector and can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions in other sectors through the electrification of transportation, space heating and some industrial processes,” said Hornung. “There is no doubt wind energy has a critical role to play in facilitating Western Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy.”
CanWEA and its members look forward to working with governments to develop the new policy frameworks that will shape the future electricity supply mix in western Canada.