Market Growth, Wind Integration, And Investment Among Topics Slated For CanWEA 2014


The conference program for the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s annual exhibition, to be held from October 27-29, in Montreal, Quebec, will focus on a wide range of topics of interest to Canadian and international wind energy investors, wind farm owners and operators, and many other parties within the wind industry. Topics on the conference bill include: from 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, among others.

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,” said CanWEA President Robert Hornung. “Visitors to CanWEA 2014 will gain insights into the new investment opportunities that are now emerging in provinces across Canada.”

This year’s conference will include a celebration of the association’s 30th anniversary and multiple educational sessions.

Operations and maintenance will have a dedicated session track, responding to the growing service market. 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.