Canada's Wind Vision = Infinite Possibilities

Wednesday 18 March, 15:00 - 17:30 (followed by a networking reception)

'Pytheas' room (Palais des Arts, Parc Chanot)

Canada has committed to a 20 per cent reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020.

This seminar provided detailed information on the Canadian wind energy market & industry, trade, investment and technology partnership opportunities. In 2008, Canada became the 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity (2,369 MW).

Last year, the province of Quebec alone awarded 15 wind energy contracts totalling 2,000 MW. In January 2009, the province of Ontario announced long-term contracts for six new wind energy projects totalling 492 MW. The province of Manitoba is currently developing Canada’s largest single wind farm which will feature 130 turbines producing 300 MW of electricity. The province aims to reach its goal of developing 1,000 MW of wind energy by 2016.

The province of Alberta is designing transmission upgrades to accommodate 3,000 MW of new wind energy developments. And the province of British Columbia’s new energy targets could result in the installation of up to 2,000 MW of wind energy.

Several other provinces have promising wind energy development plans. According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, if current provincial targets or plans are achieved, Canada is projected to reach 12,000 MW of installed capacity by 2016 and 18,000 MW by 2020. The opportunities abound.

At this seminar, participants

  • heared about the current and forecasted status of the Canadian wind energy market and discover the ever increasing Canadian wind energy industry capabilities.

  • fond out about specific provincial wind energy development master plans and incentives

  • learned of new and promising wind energy-related opportunities for investments and partnerships and hear testimony of European/Canadian success stories.

  • met with Canadian industry and Government officials, to discover the advantages of doing business in Canada, to identify and discuss opportunities for trade, investment and technology partnerships.

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