This section is designed for Canadian municipalities who are curious about wind energy, it’s a good place to start a conversation with us.
The secret is out. Wind is in.
CanWEA's new brochure The Secret is Out. Wind is In. provides up-to-date factual information and resources to the most commonly asked questions about wind energy.
Wind. For My Community
CanWEA has developed testimonial advertisements aimed at highlighting the social, economic and environmental benefits of wind energy at the local level. The advertisements feature real people telling real stories about how wind energy has positively impacted their lives. The campaign will run in several cycles throughout the fall in various publications and community newspapers.
Wolfe Island Wind Facility
Erie Shore Wind Farm
Wind. For My Community
This new brochure outlines the significant economic benefits of real wind projects in communities across Ontario, as well as positive testimonials from mayors and landowners.
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There’s an opportunity in your backyard.
We all know from experience that municipalities ultimately face the challenge of successfully implementing society’s solutions to everything from infrastructure to clean water. Wind energy is one solution that also represents an enormous opportunity for municipalities, particularly smaller ones.
In addition to the environmental benefit of clean, safe energy that this renewable resource represents, the growth of a wind power industry could mean economic and social renewal for rural Canada. And of course all municipalities stand to gain from a low cost, stable, greener and renewable source of electric power.
CanWEA is here for you.
Municipal governments can do a lot to set the tone of wind farm acceptance. As with any local development, municipalities hold a key communications role. As is the case with any developing technology, there are growing pains and concerns about how best to integrate wind energy turbines in communities. CanWEA believes in working with municipalities to recommend approval processes that will foster sustainable development, safe installation and a comfort level with the public.
Best Practices and Approvals.
Currently, we are working with several provinces to develop best practices for setback spaces that address issues of safety and community acceptance. However, we recognize there should not be a one-size-fits-all approach to setbacks. This is why proposed wind installations typically go through several dozen municipal, provincial and federal steps of approval before fully permitted.
Everything from flight paths of birds to the possible effect on fished waters is considered in the approval process. Learn more about wind energy best practices for municipalities.
Educate and Communicate.
CanWEA strongly believes better understanding of the approval process will go a long way to relieve anxieties. Indeed, support for wind development will rise as people learn more about the approval process.
Get the Facts.
The WindFacts website contains facts and resources that address a number of areas of key interest to Canadians: how wind works, health, community, affordability and environment and wildlife. By logging in through top social media programs such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, visitors can also submit questions about wind energy on the Questions Page. Visit www.windfacts.ca today to get the facts on wind energy and join the conversation.