05/10/2013 AQPER and CanWEA are pleased with the Quebec Government’s commitment to wind energy
MONTREAL, May 10, 2013 – The Association québécoise de la production de l’énergie renouvelable (AQPER) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) are pleased with the government’s interest in wind energy and the strong commitment it is making to Quebec’s wind energy sector.
04/24/2013 Court dismisses claim for property value loss from proposed wind project
Ottawa, Ontario, April 24 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes the April 22, 2013 judgment of Madam Justice S.E. Healey of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In the decision the Court dismissed a lawsuit by landowners seeking damages because, the landowners claimed, a proposed Ontario wind development reduced their property values.
04/24/2013 Ontario Air Quality continues to improve thanks to Clean Energy
Ottawa, Ontario – April 24, 2013 -- Ontario's 41st annual Air Quality Report shows levels of many air pollutants have dropped across the province and Ontario's air quality continues to improve, thanks in great part to the replacement of dirty coal with clean energy such as wind.
04/23/2013 Quebec’s 5,000 Wind Energy Workers Deserve Answers
QUÉBEC, April 23, 2013 – The uncertainty cannot continue for Quebec’s 5,000 wind energy workers. That was the message sent to Premier Pauline Marois by the many political and economic leaders who came to Québec from several of the province’s regions to demand that the government quickly solicit bids for at least 700 MW of wind energy, which would allow the wind energy sector to continue developing past 2015. The sector benefits the entire province, and in particular the communities that host and participate in wind energy projects.
04/17/2013 PC Party Bill 39 threatens Jobs and Investment for Ontario Farmers, Rural Communities and New College Graduates
Ottawa, Ontario, April 17 – Ontario farmers and landowners, rural communities and new college graduates could be left in the cold by the passing of a PC Party Private Member’s Bill which is scheduled for second reading debate in the Ontario Legislature tomorrow. The ‘Ensuring Affordable Energy Act’ (Bill 39), like several previous PC Party legislative proposals seeking a moratorium on wind energy development, is founded on the misperception that wind energy is responsible for increasing electricity costs in Ontario. Instead of reducing electricity costs, however, Bill 39 simply threatens future wind energy investment in Ontario at a time when wind energy projects are providing new job opportunities for Ontarians, enabling the construction of new manufacturing facilities, and providing an important new source of income to landowners and rural communities across the province.
04/11/2013 Wind energy a good deal for Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario, April 11, 2013 – Contrary to a Fraser Institute report released today titled “Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario's Green Energy Act”, wind energy has helped clean Ontario’s electricity system and deliver hundreds of millions of dollars to rural communities – with little additional cost passed on to ratepayers.
03/28/2013 CanWEA congratulates CAW on first union-owned wind turbine in Canada
(Ottawa) March 28, 2013 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association congratulates the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) as a single wind turbine begins operations in Port Elgin, Ontario this week. The turbine is sited on the grounds of the union’s Family Education Centre (FEC) and will generate the equivalent of 50 to 60 per cent of the FEC's energy needs.
03/22/2013 Growing body of research finds wind health claims linked to power of suggestion by anti-wind groups
Ottawa, March 22, 2013 – A new clinical study out of Australia finds that so-called ''wind turbine sickness'' may actually be caused by the suggestion from anti-wind groups that turbines make people sick. The study found that 63 per cent of Australia's 49 wind farms had never been the subject of any health complaint from nearby residents. It also found 68 per cent of the 120 complaints that have been made came from residents living near wind farms heavily targeted by the anti-wind farm lobby, and that ''the advent of anti-wind farm groups beginning to foment concerns about health (from around 2009) was also strongly correlated with actual complaints being made."
03/06/2013 WindFacts.ca opens new channel on clean energy dialogue with Canadians
(OTTAWA) March 6, 2013 – Canadians have a new way to join the dialogue on wind energy with the official launch today of www.windfacts.ca – a website that combines cutting-edge social media tools with facts, figures, did-you-knows, and links to important resources. The initiative is supported by wind energy leaders whose goal is to ensure Canadians have access to facts when making choices about their energy future, and the site is administered by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
02/12/2013 Global wind energy capacity grows 19 per cent in 2012; Canada remains the world’s 9th largest wind energy market
(OTTAWA) February 12, 2013 – The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) recently released its 2012 market statistics, showing continued expansion of the market, with global installed wind energy capacity increasing by 19 per cent in 2012 to 282,000 MW. Canada remains a global wind energy leader as it experienced the 9th largest increase in installed capacity in 2012 (936 MW). Both China and the United States, the world’s wind energy leaders, installed more than 13,000 MW of new capacity in 2012.
02/08/2013 Wind Rush documentary requires fact-checks on health and global wind experience
Ottawa, February 8, 2013 – According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA),the documentary Wind Rush, presented on CBC’s Doc Zone February 7, 2013, requires clarification and fact-checks concerning wind energy development in Canada and around the world.
01/27/2013 Wind energy industry congratulates Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne; looks forward to continued leadership on clean energy
Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) extends its congratulations to Ontario Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne and stands ready to continue to make Ontario a North American leader in the generation of clean, affordable electricity, new jobs and rural economic investments.
01/23/2013 Ontario PC Party support for wind moratorium threatens jobs, investments and rural economic development
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today expressed its concern with the Ontario Progressive Conservative party’s continued support for a Private Member's Motion put forward by MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce) which calls for a moratorium on wind energy development until a third party health and environmental study has been completed. Such an action would put thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new investments at risk -- and is not warranted based on the review of scientific evidence to date.
01/10/2013 CanWEA applauds Ontario’s decision to abandon coal-fired electricity ahead of schedule
Ottawa, Ontario – January 10, 2013 – CanWEA today applauded Premier Dalton McGuinty’s announcement that Ontario will fully abandon coal-fired electricity a year ahead of schedule. The province has reduced use of coal by 90 per cent since 2003 while at the same time bringing online 2,000 MW of clean, emissions-free wind energy.
11/15/2012 Nissenbaum paper recycles claims on wind energy and health already found inadequate by courts and expert panel
Ottawa, Ontario, November 15, 2012 – Much of the information contained in the recently published paper, "Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health" by Michael A Nissenbaum, Jeffery J Aramini, and Christopher D Hanning (all directors/ scientific advisors for the Society for Wind Vigilance), was previously reviewed and considered by experts at the first Environmental Review Tribunal (Erikson v. MOE 2011) hearing on wind energy in Ontario and in the Queen's Bench of Saskatchewan case McKinnon v. Martin (Red Lily Legal Case in 2010).
10/25/2012 Canadian Wind Energy Association announces election of new members to Board of Directors
Ottawa, Ontario, October 25, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to announce the election of the following industry professionals to its Board of Directors for 2012-2013 at the organization's Annual General Meeting in Toronto Oct. 16:
10/17/2012 Youth speak out for wind energy:
2012 Power of Wind Blog Contest winners announced
Toronto, ONTARIO - October 17, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) last night announced the four winners in the first annual Power of Wind Blog Contest during the association's Annual Conference Banquet and Awards Ceremony in Toronto.
10/17/2012 Canadian Wind Energy Association announces annual award winners at 28th Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, October 17, 2012 – The Canadian wind energy industry last night celebrated visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers as annual awards were handed out at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. The event is the largest wind energy conference in Canada, and hosted more than 2,500 professionals from the wind energy industry and over 250 exhibiting companies.
10/16/2012 Canadian Renewable Energy Associations to Collaborate on Annual Events
Toronto, ONTARIO – October 16, 2012 – A coalition of Canada's leading renewable energy associations announced today they will increase their collaboration in jointly marketing each other's annual events to provide greater educational, networking and business development opportunities in Canada's rapidly growing renewable energy industry. In an increasingly competitive events marketplace, these events are uniquely positioned to completely re-invest all net proceeds back into the very important policy, communications and advocacy work being conducted by these associations to advance renewable energy in Canada.
10/15/2012 Clean wind energy grows by nearly 20 per cent in Canada in 2012;
Industry injects over $2.5 billion, creates 10,500 jobs
Toronto, ONTARIO - October 15, 2012 – Wind energy's contribution of clean power to the country's electricity supply is expected to grow by nearly 20 per cent by the end of 2012, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced today as it kicked off its 28th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto. CanWEA expects new wind energy projects to add almost 1,200 MW of clean energy by the close of 2012. This will mark the second consecutive year with well over 1,000 MW of newly installed capacity, maintaining Canada's position as one of the world's leading wind energy markets.
10/05/2012 CanWEA responds to case study on wind turbines and property values
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has responded to the release of a report titled ‘Case Study: Diminution in Value, Wind Turbine Analysis’ by Ben Lansink of Lansink Appraisals and Consulting. CanWEA has identified a number of concerns with the study and its conclusions and will be seeking clarification from the author.
“It is neither fair nor appropriate to draw from a single case study the general conclusion that wind energy is directly responsible for significant declines in property value,” said Chris Forrest, vice-president of Communications and Public Affairs. “The fact is the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is not altering property assessments in Ontario as a result of wind energy projects.”
10/02/2012 Wind Energy Working to Protect Birds, Bats and Wildlife;
Industry voluntarily studying and mitigating risks
Ottawa, ONTARIO – Oct. 2, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) reaffirmed the wind energy industry's commitment to respecting and protecting wildlife habitat and the environment in the wake of the release of the Ontario Environmental Commissioner's Annual Report Part II. Indeed, the wind energy industry globally and here in Ontario has a strong track record of partnering with academic researchers, regulators and wildlife organizations to ensure development of wind energy is responsible and sustainable.
09/07/2012 CanWEA expresses concerns; seeks more details on proposed Health Canada study to ensure scientific validity of research
Ottawa, ON, September 7, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today filed comments with respect to a proposed Health Canada study, "Health Impacts and Exposure to Wind Turbine Noise: Research Design and Noise Exposure Assessment", to be undertaken in collaboration with Statistics Canada.
08/01/2012 Wind energy industry calls for respectful dialogue after Ontario worker reportedly threatened with death
Ottawa, ON, August 1, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is issuing a call for a respectful and fact-based dialogue on wind energy after a construction worker on a wind energy project was reportedly threatened with death in West Grey, Ontario, on July 26, by a man armed with a shotgun. There is an active police investigation into the incident.
07/27/2012 Wind energy is one of the safest sources of electricity: Global Wind Energy Industry
Ottawa, July 27, 2012 – In response to a proposed national study by Health Canada on wind turbine sound and human health, the American, Australian, Canadian, European, Global and United Kingdom wind energy industry associations point to seventeen reviews of independent research and evidence that all conclude wind is not harmful to human health. According to the wind energy industry associations, wind energy is regarded as one of the safest forms of electricity generation. At the end of 2011 there was 237,669 MW of installed wind energy capacity around the world. Wind energy is a leading source of new electricity globally and is operating in more than 89 countries.
07/20/2012 CanWEA Commends Quebec Government’s Vision and Leadership in Call for More Wind Energy
Montreal, July 20, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds today’s Québec government announcement of a fourth call for tenders for the commissioning of a new 700-MW wind energy block. In issuing this new call for tenders, Québec Premier Jean Charest reaffirms his government’s commitment to renewable energy by seeking to attain the 4,000-MW objective set in its 2006-2015 energy strategy.
07/19/2012 Wind energy is safe; calls for moratorium would put significant clean energy investments and jobs at risk
Ottawa, July 19 2012 -Calls for a moratorium on wind energy development pending results of a Health Canada study are not warranted because the balance of scientific and medical evidence to date clearly concludes that sound from wind turbines does not adversely impact human health, says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
07/11/2012 CanWEA Statement on Health Canada’s Proposed Study on Wind Turbines and Human Health
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) supports the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy in Canada and we continue to monitor ongoing scientific research in the area of wind turbines and human health. Health Canada’s proposed new study will contribute to the scientific literature and our knowledge base.
06/21/2012 Homegrown BC wind energy a cost-effective and clean choice to meet increased electricity demand: Turbine prices drop 20 per cent while productivity increases 27 per cent since 2009
Vancouver, BC, June 21, 2012 — Wind energy is a cost-competitive and clean choice to supply the significant amounts of new electricity the province will require due to increased industrial development. The cost of developing clean wind energy has dropped significantly in the past three years while technology improvements have increased productivity, an analysis by GL Garrad Hassan has found. The report commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) updates older cost and productivity estimates of 121 potential onshore wind development sites across British Columbia that are used by BC Hydro for electricity system analysis and CanWEA hopes this new data can make a useful contribution to the work underway to develop a new Integrated Resource Plan for the province.
06/15/2012 CanWEA celebrates Global Wind Day with new Power of Wind Blog Contest
Ottawa, Ontario, June 15, 2012 – Today thousands of people in more than 40 countries around the world will hold events to celebrate wind energy and its environmental, social and economic benefits during the fourth annual Global Wind Day. To celebrate the growing contribution of wind energy in Canada, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today launched the Power of Wind Blog Contest with bursary prizes.
04/17/2012 Canada on track to install more than 1,500 MW of new wind energy capacity in a record setting 2012
Ottawa, Ontario, April 17, 2012 – Canada will enjoy another record year for wind energy development in 2012 with the addition of approximately 1,500 MW of new installed capacity, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The projection was highlighted in the five-year industry forecast published today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) at Europe's largest wind energy conference in Copenhagen.
03/22/2012 CanWEA Pleased with the Ontario Government’s Commitment to Accelerate the Procurement of New Wind Energy Projects under the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program
Ottawa, Ontario, March 22, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased that the Ontario Government's review of the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program has made a commitment to procure all the energy required to meet its aggressive renewable energy targets by 2015 and to examine in 2013 the potential for additional renewable energy procurements. Coupled with the Ontario Government's strong commitment to continue with the FIT program, this provides the stable policy framework investors need and ensures that Ontario will continue to be a leading destination for wind energy project and manufacturing investment in North America - bringing jobs and economic benefits to communities across Ontario.
03/08/2012 Proposed Act would create significant economic uncertainty, put local jobs and investments at risk
Ottawa, March 8, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) strongly opposes the private Members Bill introduced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and MPP Tim Hudak (Niagara West-Glanbrook). The Affordable Energy and Restoration of Local Decision Making Act proposes to end Ontario's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program which would create significant policy uncertainty and put local jobs, investments, and new manufacturing at risk.
03/07/2012 Private Member’s Motion would put thousands of jobs and Ontario’s clean-energy future at risk
Ottawa, Ontario, March 7th The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) strongly opposes the Private Member's Motion introduced today by Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce) which calls for a moratorium on wind energy development until a third party health and environmental study has been completed. Such an action would put thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in clean energy investments at risk, according to CanWEA. A recent Oracle Research poll found that 78 per cent of Ontarians believe that wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation.
03/06/2012 Ontarians say wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation, new poll finds
Ottawa, March 6, 2012 – A high 78 per cent of Ontarians say wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation according to a recent Oracle Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The poll was conducted between February 22-29 and has a margin for error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
02/08/2012 Global wind energy grows by 21 per cent despite economic challenges
Ottawa, Canada, February 8th, 2012 – Canada ranks 6th globally in terms of new installed wind energy capacity and global wind power capacity grew by 21 per cent in 2011, according to annual statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The wind industry installed a record level of just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. Today, about 75 countries worldwide have commercial wind power installations, with 22 of them already passing the 1 GW level.
02/03/2012 Wind energy ready to deliver clean, affordable power as part of BC’s new energy strategy
Ottawa – February, 03, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is encouraged by British Columbia's commitment to "clean and green" power in the province's new natural gas strategy, released today. The Association is concerned, however, that the province is choosing to meet its rapidly emerging new demand for electricity in the short term by increasing its reliance on imported fossil-fuel electricity.
01/25/2012 CanWEA disappointed with OFA statement on wind, will continue to work to ensure farmers enjoy productive relationship with wind energy
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is extremely disappointed that the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has called for a suspension of wind energy development at a time when farmers across the province are actively participating in, and seeking to participate in, wind energy developments throughout Ontario. In fact, many of the issues that the OFA has identified as areas of concern are already being reviewed and examined through processes like the Ontario Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Review process.
01/11/2012 Wind energy plays increasing role in meeting Ontario power demand with clean, affordable electricity
(OTTAWA) Jan. 11, 2012 – Wind energy is playing an increasingly important role in meeting Ontario's demand for electricity, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator's annual release of supply, demand and price data. Total wind energy production rang in at 3.9 terawatt hours TWh – up substantially from 2.8 TWh in 2010. November 2011 marked the highest monthly wind output ever seen in Ontario, with production in that month alone exceeding 0.56 TWh. In annual terms, wind generation represented 2.6 per cent of total output across all fuel types of 149.9 TWh.
12/05/2011 Canadian Wind Energy Association opens trading on Toronto Stock Exchange Celebrating record year of $3.5 billion invested in new Canadian wind energy installations
OTTAWA, December 5, 2011 Today the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) celebrated a record year for new wind energy developments by opening trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).
12/02/2011 Canadian Wind Energy Industry Association (CanWEA) to open Toronto Stock Exchange with record-year of wind investments
Ottawa, December 2, 2011 – Armed with news of record industry growth for 2011, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and several key members of the industry will open Monday's trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. 2011 has seen 1,400 MW of new wind energy installations across Canada, with 500 MW installed in Ontario, establishing a provincial record. Canada is expected to end 2011 with more than 5,400 MW of total installed wind energy capacity.
12/01/2011 Wind energy can significantly limit anticipated increases in GHG emissions that would result from powering new industrial developments with fossil fuels: Pembina report
Ottawa, ONTARIO- December 1, 2011 – Wind energy is well positioned to limit huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that would result from powering new industrial developments with fossil fuels, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. The report, GHG Reductions from Enhanced Electrification of Potential New Industrial Demand in British Columbia, finds that clean energy sources such as wind could reduce annual GHG emissions by as much as 8.86 MT CO2eq by 2025 – or the equivalent of converting nearly 2 million passenger cars and trucks into zero-emission vehicles.
11/29/2011 CanWEA Opposes Bill 10
Ottawa, Ontario - November 29, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) opposes Private Members Bill 10 which was introduced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday and proposes to restore municipal bylaw and planning authority as it pertains to clean energy projects. While CanWEA is committed to exploring potential mechanisms to enhance the effectiveness of municipal engagement in such projects as part of the current Feed-in-Tariff program review, the association believes that proposals to change existing legislation will create significant policy uncertainty at a time when investors are seeking stable, long-term policy frameworks to support wind energy development.
10/21/2011 Canadian Wind Energy Association elects new board members during 27th Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia
Ottawa, Ontario - October 21, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association is pleased to announce the election of the following individuals to the Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting on October 4, 2011.
10/14/2011 The Canadian Wind Energy Association responds to October 14, 2011 statement by Wind Concerns Ontario
The Canadian Wind Energy Association has not in any way changed its position on wind energy and human health.
10/06/2011 Wind energy award winners announced at CanWEA’s 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, October 6, 2011 – Canada's largest renewable energy event wraps up today in Vancouver, BC, following last night's announcement of annual wind energy industry awards. At its gala Awards Banquet, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognized organizations and individuals who have worked tirelessly to advance the Canadian wind energy industry towards a record year of growth in 2011. Awards were presented in four categories: Individual Leadership, Group Leadership, the R.J. Templin Award and the Friend of Wind award. A new award for 2012 was also announced.
10/05/2011 CanWEA releases guidance document for wind energy development at Annual Conference and Exhibition
Vancouver, October 5, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today released a comprehensive guidance document for the planning and development of wind energy projects in Canada. The guide joins a growing list of resources to help lead responsible and sustainable development of wind energy in Canada. Last year the national wind energy association released the industry's first Best Practices in Community Engagement and Public Consultation.
10/04/2011 CanWEA unveils WindVision for BC: 5,250 MW of wind energy by 2025
Vancouver, October 4, 2011 – British Columbia can satisfy 17 per cent of its projected electricity demand with clean, affordable wind energy by the year 2025, according to WindVision 2025: A Strategy for British Columbia, a report released today at the Canadian Wind Energy Association's 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver.
10/03/2011 British Columbians want energy independence and strongly support more wind energy as a source of clean electricity, poll finds
Vancouver, October 3, 2011 – Seventy-six per cent of British Columbians strongly agree or agree wind energy should be further developed as a source of clean electricity, according to a recent Oracle Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The poll, conducted on Sept. 26 - 27, also found that 84 per cent of British Columbians want the province to produce enough power to meet the needs of residents without importing energy.
09/30/2011 Canadian Wind Energy Association to release strategic vision for wind energy in BC - Wind Vision 2025: A Strategy for BC – to outline BC’s wind energy opportunity through to the year 2025
Attention: Business and Energy Editors
Vancouver, September 28, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) will kick off its 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver next week, October 3 – 6, by unveiling its long-term plan for the strategic development of wind energy in British Columbia. CanWEA's WindVision2025: A Strategy for BC identifies the significant opportunity for the growth of wind energy in the province of British Columbia due to its plentiful wind resource, its heritage hydroelectric facilities and the province's accelerating demand for affordable and clean electricity.
09/26/2011 Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition October 3 - 6, 2011
Attention: Business and Energy Editors
||The Canadian Wind Energy Association and up to 3,000 international wind and renewable energy experts at CanWEA's 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition.
09/26/2011 2011 a Record Year for New Wind Energy Installations in Canada
OTTAWA, September 26, 2011 – Wind energy in Canada is now on track to enjoy a record year in 2011 with approximately 1,338 MW of new installed wind energy capacity projected to come on line – compared to 690 MW installed in 2010, according to new projections from the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). These new installations represent almost $3.5 billion in investment and have created more than 13,500 person years of employment in addition to providing emissions-free electricity for families and businesses.
09/14/2011 Ontario farm property values hit record levels contrary to claims by opponents to wind energy
(Ottawa) Sept. 14, 2011: The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today welcomed news that the majority of Ontario's agricultural regions have enjoyed a significant increase in prices for farm land over 2010 prices. The RE/MAX Market Trends Report - Farm Edition 2011 released Sept. 12 found rising agricultural commodity values and tight inventory levels have contributed to a significant upswing in the price of Ontario farmland in 2011.
09/07/2011 Filière éolienne au Québec CanWEA salue l’héritage de Nathalie Normandeau
Montréal, 7 septembre 2011 – L'Association canadienne de l'énergie éolienne (CanWEA) tient à souligner le travail et la détermination de Madame Nathalie Normandeau tout au long de sa carrière politique, notamment sur le dossier de l'énergie éolienne. Originaire de la Gaspésie, Madame Normandeau a été un témoin direct et une alliée inconditionnelle du développement de cette filière qui produit de l'électricité 100 % renouvelable et propre et qui crée des milliers d'emplois en région.
07/19/2011 Wind industry welcomes Environmental Review Tribunal's decision to uphold approval of Ontario wind project
Ottawa, July 19, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal to uphold the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) of the Kent Breeze wind project in Ontario, confirming the first project to be approved under the Green Energy Act (GEA) will proceed as planned.
07/06/2011 Nova Scotia positions itself as North American leader for small and community wind energy
Ottawa, July 6, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the recent decision by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) to take a leadership role in encouraging individuals and communities to invest in generating clean renewable power. The UARB set a price of 45.2 cents/kWh for small wind turbines (50 kW and under) and of 13.9 cents/kWh for larger community wind projects (above 50 kW). This announcement positions the Province of Nova Scotia at the forefront of North America in small and community wind energy projects. Small wind energy systems have a rated capacity of 300 kW or less, and are used to power homes, farms, small businesses and off-grid communities.
07/04/2011 New wind energy projects to benefit Ontario communities with jobs, economic development, and a cleaner electricity system; Ontario’s leadership in renewable energy attracts global investors
Ottawa, July 4, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes the announcement today by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and Ontario Government to offer contracts to 19 new wind energy projects that would add 1,018 MW of new wind energy capacity to the Ontario grid. Located in the Bruce region and in the area west of London, these new wind projects mean that Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program is now facilitating development of more than 3,175 MW of new wind energy projects to provide clean electricity to power Ontario families and businesses.
06/28/2011 Cutting-edge International Wind-Radar Forum illuminates solutions and advances
Ottawa, ONTARIO - June 28, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), in collaboration with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), is hosting the first ever International Wind and Radar Forum in Ottawa June 28-29 to share ideas and experiences for the successful interaction of wind turbines and radar equipment.
06/15/2011 Celebrate Global Wind Day: Celebrating clean energy, new jobs, and a brighter future
Wind is providing clean, affordable and safe energy in every Canadian province - enough to power more than 1.2 million homes
06/07/2011 Wind energy in Ontario on pace to create thousands of jobs, billions in new investment; Over $16 billion in new investment to flow to province from 2011 to 2018 thanks to growing wind energy sector
Ottawa, ONTARIO-June 7, 2011 – Wind energy developments in Ontario will create more than 80,000 person years of employment and attract more than $16 billion in private sector investments in the next eight years, according to the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the economic impacts of the wind energy industry in the province. The report, ‘The Economic Impacts of the Wind Energy Sector in Ontario 2011 – 2018’, by ClearSky Advisors, was commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) to quantify the projected jobs and economic benefits associated with the rapidly growing wind energy industry in Ontario.
05/18/2011 Wind energy poised to significantly increase economic benefits to Ontario: Continued policy commitment to wind energy critical to capturing investment, creating jobs
Ottawa, ONTARIO-May 18, 2011 – Ontario’s 2,125 MW of signed contracts for new wind energy developments represent a multi billion-dollar economic opportunity for the province and a chance to create thousands of much-needed jobs. A landmark study of the economic benefits of the wind energy sector in Ontario demonstrates that meeting the wind energy targets identified under the province’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) would result in billions of dollars of private sector investment in the province and the creation of more than 80,000 person-years of employment between 2011 and 2018. Commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and performed by ClearSky Advisors, a leading independent research and advisory firm, the study is the most comprehensive examination to date of the economic benefits of the wind energy sector in the province. The study will be released at the end of the month.
05/10/2011 Wind energy drives jobs and local benefits at prices that are competitive with other new sources of electricity
Ottawa, Ontario - May 10, 2011 - Investments in wind energy are creating thousands of jobs, driving hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits for rural communities, and creating a cleaner environment – at prices that are competitive with other new sources of electricity, says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) in response to recent statements about the cost of electricity by Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
03/16/2011 Growth in global wind energy continues - Canada joins Top 10 ; 690 MW installed in 2010 drove $1.7 billion in new investments
Ottawa – March 16, 2011 - Canada’s wind energy industry took another step forward in 2010 with the addition of 690 MW of installed wind energy capacity, positioning Canada in 9th place globally in terms of new installed capacity and 9th for overall cumulative installed capacity, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) recently released ‘Global Wind Report 2010’.
03/03/2011 Court upholds current regulations for wind turbine setbacks Ontario; Divisional Court dismisses claim government ignored its own Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) in developing setback regulation
OTTAWA, March 3, 2011 — The wind energy industry in Ontario is pleased with today’s Ontario Divisional Court decision to uphold the current regulations for wind turbine setbacks. The application by Ontario resident Ian Hanna suggested, among other things, that the government did not adhere to their own Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) in developing a setback of 550 metres for the siting of wind turbines. The Court ruled that set-back distances were established through an extensive public consultation process which considered the views of a wide range of stakeholders and that the Minister did consider the SEV.
02/24/2011 CanWEA congratulates new wind energy partnership in BC; Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Endurance Wind Power join forces to create first-of-a-kind energy partnership in Canada
Vancouver, February 24, 2011— The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is proud to welcome TWN Wind Power Inc., as a new member organization. TWN Wind Power Inc. is the product of a new $2-million equity investment in Surrey-based wind energy manufacturer Endurance Wind Power by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation of the Greater Vancouver region in B.C. TWN Wind Power Inc. will be the distributor of Endurance Wind Power's 5kW and 50kW community-based wind turbines to First Nations and Indigenous groups in Canada and the United States.
02/25/2011 Growing contribution of wind energy continues to fuel economic growth in Ontario; Stable energy policy environment will attract and secure billions in private sector investments
OTTAWA, February 25, 2011 — The growth of Canada’s wind energy industry is contributing to the increase in high quality jobs for Ontarians and injecting millions of dollars into communities hosting wind energy developments, Canadian Wind Energy Association president Robert Hornung said in a speech to the Toronto Board of Trade. Mr. Hornung outlined the environmental, economic, industrial development, and employment benefits wind energy developments bring to Ontario - and urged all levels of government and political parties to learn the facts about the opportunity that wind energy represents.
02/24/2011 New Ontario wind farms will create jobs and local benefits for host communities; 615MW in wind developments announced today will create hundreds of jobs and bring millions of dollars into local municipalities
OTTAWA, February 24, 2011 — The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) celebrates the hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in local benefits that will come with the announcement today from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) on additional clean wind power projects in the Province. The announcement involved new contracts for wind farm developments in the Ontario communities of Pickerel, Smithville, Simcoe and Stella. These four projects represent an additional generation capacity of 615 MW, bringing the total FIT contacts awarded by the OPA to over 2,100 MW of new clean wind power projects to the people of Ontario.
02/17/11 Ontario’s commitment to wind energy strengthens investor confidence: Projected growth in wind energy means 12,500 new jobs and $12.5 Billion in new investment by 2018
Ottawa, February 17, 2010 – The Ontario government’s continued commitment to wind energy as outlined in its directive to the OPA announced today sends a clear signal to investors that Ontario aims to be a leader in creating clean energy and new jobs, says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
02/15/2011 Wind energy increasing its contribution to Ontario’s electricity supply; Energy production from wind was approximately 6 per cent of total Ontario supply on February 14 – compared to 1.5 per cent from coal
OTTAWA, February 15, 2011 — Wind energy is powering Ontario with more clean energy than ever before as production records from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) show energy production from wind was approximately 6 per cent of total Ontario supply on February 14 – compared to about 1.5 per cent from coal that same day. Earlier this month, wind energy reached a record level for hourly production with 1,296 MW on February 9th. That’s enough to power more than 300,000 homes with clean, emissions-free energy.
02/11/2011 CanWEA disappointed with government’s decision on offshore wind
OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today expressed its disappointment with the Ontario government’s decision to pause offshore wind energy developments.
02/09/2011 Studies say - no causal link between wind turbines and human health; National working group concludes sounds or vibrations emitted from wind turbines have no adverse effect on human health
MONTRÉAL, February 9, 2011 – A growing body of scientific evidence clearly indicates there is no causal link between wind turbines and health effects in humans. This has been supported by a large number of studies and panels of international experts, including a study by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) (National Public Health Institute of Québec).
01/19/2011 CanWEA congratulates Mortenson on Ontario Opening as Wind Energy Grows; Company estimates renewable energy projects will infuse $80 -$90 million into Ontario economy by end of 2011
p>Ontario, January 19, 2011—The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to celebrate with Mortenson Canada, one of the country’s leading renewable energy construction firms, the official Grand Opening of the company’s new Ontario headquarters in Mississauga today.
01/13/2011 New guidelines aimed at enhancing local communications about wind energy developments: CanWEA introduces Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation
OTTAWA, January 11, 2011 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is helping its members enhance their communications about proposed wind energy developments with the introduction of Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation. The guidelines are designed to support wind energy project developers in continuously improving their work with local communities while ensuring that they meet and strive to exceed provincial requirements for public consultation.
12/21/2010 CanWEA welcomes Hydro-Québec's announcement of the winners of the call for tenders for community and native wind farm projects
MONTRÉAL, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes the announcement of 12 new community and native wind farm projects in Quebec, totaling 291.4 MW. These projects will generate nearly $1 billion of investments in Quebec's regions.
12/02/2010 New wind turbine blade factory in Tillsonburg creates more jobs and economic benefits for Ontario
OTTAWA, December 2, 2010 — The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds today’s announcement of Ontario’s first wind turbine blade manufacturing plant to be located in Tillsonburg. The plant, to be built and operated by Siemens, will create 300 full-time manufacturing jobs and up to 600 construction and indirect services jobs in the region.
12/01/2010 New wind turbine manufacturing plant to bring jobs and economic benefits to Windsor; Ontario’s growing wind energy market providing a foundation for supply chain investments
OTTAWA, December 1, 2010 — The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to celebrate the announcement of a wind turbine manufacturing plant to be located in the City of Windsor. The plant, to be built and operated by Samsung, will create 300 full-time manufacturing jobs and up to 400 construction jobs. The plant will use 100 per cent Ontario steel for the construction of wind turbines and help establish Ontario’s supply chain capability for the growing wind energy industry.
11/30/2010 CanWEA Celebrates the Arrival of Wind Turbine Towers Made with 100% Ontario Steel; Ontario’s First Major Wind Energy Project under the Green Energy Act Demonstrates Growing Economic Benefits for Ontario
OTTAWA, November 30, 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to celebrate the arrival and installation of the first domestic content compliant turbines in Ontario under the Feed-in-Tariff program (FIT) at its Pointe-Aux-Roches wind project in south-western Ontario. The Pointe-Aux-Roches Wind Project is the first wind power project to go to construction under the Feed-in Tariff program and utilizes 100% Ontario steel in its towers. Pointe-Aux-Roches’s turbine towers were manufactured from steel that was processed and fabricated at Essar Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
11/23/2010 Wind industry applauds Ontario’s strengthened commitment to wind energy; Long Term Plan provides stability required to build the next generation of clean energy jobs
Ottawa, November 23, 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the Ontario government’s strengthened commitment to wind energy through its Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) announced today. CanWEA is pleased to see that the LTEP envisions 10,700 MW of renewable energy in Ontario by 2018 and significant new transmission investment to support them. Wind energy will represent the strong majority of this development.
11/03/2010 Canadian Wind Energy Association announces annual award winners
Montreal, November 3 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognized organizations and individuals who have worked to advance the Canadian wind energy industry during its gala Awards Banquet yesterday as part of its 26th annual Conference and Exhibition.
Awards were presented in four categories: Individual Leadership, Group Leadership, the R.J. Templin Award for scientific, technical, engineering work and the Friend of Wind award.
11/02/2010 Wind energy in Quebec: $10 billion in new investments, thousands of jobs and significant regional economic benefits by 2015
Montreal, November 2, 2010. By 2015 Quebec's wind energy industry will develop 4,000 MW of generating capacity, resulting in $10 billion in new investment, thousands of new jobs, and significant economic benefits for those regions hosting wind farm developments, according to a study commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) by the firm Hatch in collaboration with economist Jean-Claude Thibodeau.
11/1/2010 Annual Wind Energy Conference: Invitation To A Technical Briefing Regarding Study On Job Creation And Economic Benefits Of Wind Power In Quebec
Montreal, November 1st 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is organizing a technical briefing open exclusively to the media regarding the results of a study conducted by the firm Hatch and the economist Jean-Claude Thibodeau on job creation and the economic benefits of wind power activity in Quebec.
11/01/2010 CanWEA unveils strategic vision for Quebec’s wind energy industry to 2025: Strategy would see $25 billion in investment and create nearly 91,000 jobs
Montreal, November 1, 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today unveiled its strategic vision for wind energy development in Quebec at the opening of the association’s 26th annual Conference and Exhibition in Montreal. Titled 2025 – WindVision 2025 - A Strategy for Quebec, it proposes that an average of 800 MW of wind energy capacity be added each year between 2016 and 2025 – for a total of 8,000 MW - increasing wind energy to 20% of Quebec’s overall installed capacity for electricity generation.
10/29/2010 Strong majority of Quebecers in favour of increased wind energy development
Poll measures attitudes toward wind energy
Montreal, October 29, 2010 – Seventy-five per cent of Quebec residents would like to see the province continue developing wind energy after the year 2015 according to a survey commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Furthermore, Quebecers believe that this source of green and renewable energy provides important economic benefits and they want Quebec to further develop its wind energy expertise.
10/29/2010 Wind energy contributes new all-time high to Ontario power supply
OTTAWA, October 28, 2010 – Wind energy hit a new all-time record high for hourly electricity output in Ontario on Tuesday, October 26, producing 1,056 MW of power around 9:00 PM that evening according to the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Over the course of the entire day, wind energy was responsible for supplying more than five per cent of Ontario’s total electricity demand.
10/27/2010 'CanWEA 2010' Canada’s largest renewable energy event begins next week November 1 – 3, 2010
Montreal, October 27, 2010
The Canadian Wind Energy Association's 26th Annual Conference and Exhibition - CanWEA 2010 - will be held in Montreal, Quebec, November 1 - 3 at the Montreal Congress Center. The Conference and Exhibition will feature wind energy experts, over 250 exhibiting wind energy organizations and the opportunity to network with industry professionals. In addition, CanWEA will release the results of a comprehensive study on the economic impacts of the wind energy industry and will unveil a strategic report tailored for Quebec’s energy sector titled WindVision 2025: A Strategy for Québec.
10/22/2010 Canadian Wind Energy Association celebrates opening of St. Lawrence College Wind Turbine and Trades Facility
Ottawa, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) congratulates St. Lawrence College on the opening of its Wind Turbine and Trades Facility. The Kingston campus’ newly completed, state-of-the-art facility will provide a modern learning environment for students of the Wind Turbine Technician program. The facility is synonymous with St. Lawrence College’s goal of training more workers to meet the growing number of jobs in the next generation of green industries. The new facility provides space for approximately 80 students, with installed solar panels, a solar air heating system, and a wind turbine nacelle to provide hands-on learning.
10/15/2010 Nova Scotia breaks new ground with Canada’s first-ever small wind Feed-In Tariff
Survey shows Canada’s small wind market has grown 55 per cent over two years
OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2010 - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today applauded the Nova Scotia government for its announcement that the province’s Renewable Electricity Plan will include a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) for small wind systems under 50 kW rated capacity. This new policy positions Nova Scotia as a Canadian leader in wind energy, and as the first province in Canada to adopt a specific FIT for small wind. Small wind energy systems have a rated capacity of 300 kW or less, and are used to power homes, farms, small businesses and off-grid communities.
10/13/2010 Popular demand drives Canadian small wind market growth
Ottawa, October 13, 2010 - The Canadian market for small wind energy systems is growing rapidly according to a new market study conducted for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The market survey shows that annual sales for small wind energy systems in Canada have grown by 55 per cent over the past two years, despite the global economic downturn. At the same time, Canadian small wind manufacturing capacity has grown, with Canadian firms now representing over half of the world’s manufacturers of mid-size turbines. Small wind systems have a rated capacity of 300 kW or less, and are used to power homes, farms, small businesses and off-grid communities.
10/13/2010 Canadian Wind Energy Association to unveil strategic wind vision for Quebec at 26th Annual Conference and Exhibition
Montreal, October 13, 2010 -- The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) will unveil its long-term strategic vision for wind energy development in Quebec on Nov. 1st at the opening of its 26th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Montreal. The report titled 2025 - The Strength of the Wind – A Strategy for Quebec, will allow Quebec and its regions to realize the full economic potential of its wind energy resource, ensuring a diversified energy portfolio without compromising the security of supply.
10/06/2010 CanWEA 2010: Canada’s largest renewable energy event; November 1 – 3, 2010
The Canadian Wind Energy Association’s 26th Annual Conference and Exhibition - CanWEA 2010 – will be held in Montreal, Quebec, November 1 – 3 at the Montreal Congress Center. Canada’s largest renewable energy event will feature a wide range of experts from the wind energy industry in Canada and from around the world. The exhibition hall will feature over 250 organizations involved in wind energy manufacturing, development and support services, and will provide participants with excellent networking opportunities and forums to discuss the latest developments in Canada’s growing wind energy industry.
09/14/2010 2010 expected to see significant growth in wind energy in Canada
Wind energy contributing economic, social and environmental benefits
with addition of 754 MW of new installed capacity
OTTAWA, September 14, 2010 – Canada is projected to end 2010 with 754 MW of new wind energy capacity – representing $1.7 billion in new investment, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced as energy leaders gathered in Montreal for the World Energy Congress. This will bring Canada’s total installed wind energy capacity to 4,073 MW, enough power to meet the needs of over 1.4 million homes annually.
07/29/2010 CanWEA and New Brunswick to Partner for a Wind Energy Seminar in Moncton Next September
Ottawa, July 29 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the New Brunswick government will partner for the organization of a wind energy seminar on September 22-23 2010 in Moncton, NB. Entitled “Growing Wind in Atlantic Canada: Cooperative Solutions for Regional and Export Opportunities”, the seminar will look at solutions to maximize the development of the wind industry in the Atlantic region as provinces seek to develop wind and reap the social, economic and environmental benefits that this development brings.
07/15/2010 Vast majority of Ontarians support wind energy in their community: Ipsos-Reid Poll
OTTAWA, July 15 – A new Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) finds that nine in 10 Ontario residents support the production of wind energy in their region of the province for its economic and environmental benefits. The level of support remains high even when respondents were asked if a wind project’s location is within their own community.
07/08/2010 Vitality of Quebec's Wind Energy Industry Affirmed
Montreal, July 8, 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to see the number of projects proposed in response to the call for tenders for wind energy from aboriginal or community projects. Bids for wind energy projects submitted to Hydro-Québec represent more than 1,000 MW – almost double the required quantity (2 x 250 MW) specified in the call for tenders.
06/25/2010 Proposed setback regulation threatens viability of several proposed offshore wind energy projects in Ontario
OTTAWA, June 25 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) expressed serious concern today about the implications of the Ontario government’s new proposed 5 km setback for offshore wind energy developments in Ontario. If implemented, this decision will prevent several proposed offshore wind energy projects from proceeding in their current form.
06/15/2010 Canada celebrates Global Wind Day: Wind energy capacity, job opportunities growing faster in Canada each year
Ottawa, June 15 –With thousands of events organized around the world to mark the second annual Global Wind Day, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) celebrated by hosting a tour of the Erie Shores Wind Farm in southern Ontario to demonstrate how wind turbines work, and the economic opportunities they create for the communities that host them.
04/28/2010 Ontario PC Party’s call for a moratorium on wind energy development putting jobs, investment and clean energy at risk
OTTAWA – April 28, 2010 -- The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today expressed its profound disappointment and shock at Ontario Progressive Conservative Party energy critic John Yakabuski’s motion for a moratorium on wind energy development in Ontario.
04/23/2010 CanWEA Applauds Nova Scotia’s Move to Capitalize on its Wind Energy Potential
OTTAWA, Canada, April 23, 2010 - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today applauded the announcement by Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter that commits to law a target of satisfying 25 percent of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2015, and establishes a new goal to raise this level to 40 per cent by 2020. This move will drive new investment and create green-collar jobs while positioning Nova Scotia as a leader in the production of clean, emissions-free energy.
04/20/2010 Growing wind energy market presents “significant opportunity” for Canadian manufacturers - but immediate action required if Canada is to compete, says joint CanWEA – CME report
OTTAWA, April 20, 2010 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) today released a joint report that outlines the “significant opportunity” that North America’s growing wind energy market represents for Canadian manufacturers. The report, titled ‘Wind Industry Supply Chain Opportunities for Canadian Manufacturers’ is the first product of a strategic partnership between CanWEA and CME aimed at exploring the opportunities, challenges and actions required to ensure Canada earns its share of new global investment in wind energy manufacturing and component production.
04/08/2010 Ontario’s landmark investment in wind energy will create new jobs and attract additional investment to the province
Ottawa, April 8 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the Ontario government for recognizing the significant contribution wind energy can make to Ontario’s green energy supply as well as its economy and job base. With 48 new wind energy projects awarded today – representing more than 1,500 MW of new generating capacity – this represents one of the largest single investments in wind energy in Canada’s history.
03/04/2010 Federal Budget Fails to Extend Support for New Wind Energy Development: Canada’s ability to compete with the U.S. for new investment and jobs reduced
Ottawa, ONTARIO-MARCH 4, 2010 -- The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today expressed its serious disappointment with the federal government’s failure to expand and extend its very successful ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Program in the 2010 federal budget. Despite its expressed desire to harmonize climate change and clean energy policies with the United States, the federal government is now clearly moving in the opposite direction with respect to efforts to attract wind energy investment and jobs.
02/10/2010 CanWEA Applauds Announcement of new Clean Energy Act in BC Government Speech from the Throne
OTTAWA, Canada, Feb. 10th, 2010 - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today extended congratulations to the British Columbia government for its Throne Speech announcements on the future of clean energy development in the province. In the Speech, the government outlined its intention to put in place a new Clean Energy Act that will, among other things, seek to improve energy procurement processes and streamline existing regulatory processes.
02/04/2010 Global Wind Power Boom Continues Despite Economic Woes – Canada’s installed wind capacity increased by 40% in 2009
OTTAWA, Canada, Feb. 4th, 2010 – The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) today announced that the world’s wind power capacity grew by 31% in 2009, adding 37,500 Megawatts (MW) to bring total installations up to 157,900MW. A third of these additions were made in China, which experienced yet another year with over 100% growth. Meanwhile, Canada’s wind energy industry enjoyed a record year with 950 MW of new wind energy capacity installed in eight provinces – placing Canada 9th globally in terms of new installed capacity for the year. New wind developments represented more than $2.2 billion in investment, increasing Canada’s total installed capacity to 3,319 MW.
01/14/2010 Canadian Government revenues from wind farms more than offset federal financial incentive, GE study estimates
OTTAWA, Canada, Jan. 14, 2010 – GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), unveiled today a study estimating that renewing a Canadian federal financial incentive that has now allocated virtually all of its funding for wind energy projects would more than pay for itself through tax revenues from the projects’ income, vendors’ profits and individual workers’ wages. The study estimated that injecting an additional $1.5 billion CDN into Canada’s ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program could spawn 5.2 gigawatts of new wind projects and carry a net present value benefit to Canada’s governments of $287 million CDN.
12/16/2009 CanWEA Sees Opportunity In The Wind Energy Industry's Response To Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program Launch Period
December 16, 2009 - (Ottawa) – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is encouraged by the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) announcement today regarding the results of the Feed-in Tariff Program’s Launch Application period. The OPA stated in a release today that over 8,000 MWs of new renewable energy projects, 79% of which are wind energy projects, have applied for Feed-in Tariff contracts in the province. Many of these projects are “shovel-ready” and they are poised to deliver jobs and at least $5 billion in investment to Ontario.
12/15/2009 International panel of experts conclude sound from wind turbines has no harmful effect on human health
OTTAWA, December 15, 2009 – An international panel of experts has released a report based on a review of a large body of scientific literature on sound and health effects, and specifically with regard to sound produced by wind turbines. After extensive review, analysis and discussion, the panel has concluded that sounds or vibrations emitted from wind turbines have no adverse effect on human health.
12/02/2009 Canada reaches milestone as wind energy now produced in every province
Provincial milestone reached just as federal government poised to end support for new wind energy projects
11/05/2009 Canadian Wind Energy Association applauds B.C.’s progress with wind energy developments and clean energy initiatives
OTTAWA, November 5, 2009 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognizes the British Columbia government’s progress and commitment to developing clean energy sources to supply the province’s electricity needs. The first wind energy projects in British Columbia are now fully commissioned and providing clean renewal power to British Columbians. These projects, along with the recently announced provincial cabinet committee established on climate action and clean energy, are clear examples that British Columbia is moving to take advantage of the many benefits of its massive wind energy opportunity.
10/14/2009 CanWEA welcomes remarks made yesterday by Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff in support of greater investment in clean energy
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today welcomed remarks made yesterday by Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff in support of greater investment in clean energy.
09/23/2009 Canadian Wind Energy Association announces annual award winners
TORONTO, September 23 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognized organizations and individuals working tirelessly to advance the Canadian wind energy industry during its gala Awards Banquet yesterday as part of its 25th Annual Conference and Trade Show.
09/23/2009 Wind energy powers job creation opportunities for Canadian manufacturers
TORONTO, September 23 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Canadian Manufacturers &Exporters (CME) announced today a strategic partnership to explore Canadian manufacturing opportunities in the growing global wind energy industry. The announcement was made at the close of CanWEA’s 25th annual Conference & Exhibition in downtown Toronto.
09/24/2009 CanWEA applauds Ontario’s groundbreaking Feed-in Tariff Program
OTTAWA, September 24, 2009 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today applauded the Ontario Government for the introduction of Ontario’s new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, the first of its kind in North America. The program sets a fixed price for renewable energy projects.
09/21/2009 CanWEA applauds Ontario government plan for new transmission projects - 20 new projects to create news jobs and integrate more renewable energy
The plan will greatly enhance the ability for wind energy projects to be integrated into Ontario’s grid and allow for more green energy to be distributed across the province – creating an estimated 20,000 jobs and $2.3 billion in investment over the next three years.
09/20/2009 Canada’s wind energy industry enjoys record year for 2009
Leadership from federal and provincial governments needed to ensure long-term growth
09/08/2009 CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE - OPENING CEREMONY
Opening ceremonies for the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition — Infinite Possibilities — will commence on September 21, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
07/31/2009 CanWEA Supports the BC Government's Continued Desire to Pursue New Renewable Energy Projects
OTTAWA, July 31, 2009 -- The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), today voiced its support for the BC Government’s continued desire to pursue new renewable energy projects as evidenced by Minister Lekstrom’s, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, response to the recent ruling by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on the Long Term Acquisition Plan proposed by BC Hydro.
07/09/2009 Study finds significant opportunity for Atlantic Canada wind exports to U.S.
A recent study by Massachusetts-based Power Advisory LLC, commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), has found significant potential for wind energy exports from the Maritime Provinces to the United States northeast.
06/18/2008 CanWEA welcomes New Brunswick government in its continued effort to develop wind power
New RFP for 100 MW of wind energy furthers New Brunswick’s goal of reaching 400 MW of wind power by 2010
(Ottawa, June 18, 2009) – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Energy Ministry Jack Keir to proceed with the procurement of 100 MW of new wind energy capacity in New Brunswick.
The announcement is in keeping with the province's commitment to develop new renewable energy sources and secure 400 MW of wind-energy generation capacity by 2010. CanWEA is looking forward for further wind development in the Atlantic Provinces and the region becoming a wind energy export powerhouse to the American Northeast.
05/01/2009 CanWEA applauds new processes to procure wind energy in Quebec and revised pricing for community and First Nations wind energy projects
New RFPs for 500 MW of wind energy will allow Quebec to reach its target of 4000MW by 2015
(Montreal, May 1, 2009) – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds yesterday’s announcement to proceed with the procurement of 500 MW of new wind energy capacity in Quebec and to increase the ceiling price from 9.5 ¢/kWh to 12.5 ¢/kWh in the call for tenders for the purchase of two separate blocks of 250 MW of community and First Nations wind energy projects. CanWEA and its membership had argued the original proposed pricing of 9.5 ¢/kWh was not sufficient to attract or sustain long-term investment.
02/23/2009 CanWEA applauds introduction of Ontario's Green Energy Act
Ontario’s Green Energy Act seizes the opportunity to create jobs, drive investment and reduce emissions through increased development of renewable energy
(Ottawa) – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauded the announcement of Ontario’s proposed Green Energy Act (GEA) tabled today by the Honorable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. Ontario is currently Canada’s wind leader with 782 Megawatts of installed wind capacity, a figure that will increase to at least 1,200 MW by the end of 2009, powering more than 325,000 homes. CanWEA is confident that the GEA will drive further growth of wind energy in the province and firmly establish Ontario as a North American leader in the development of a new “Green Economy” that creates jobs, drives investment and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.
02/23/2009 Canada’s first-ever Wind Energy Supply & Value Chain seminar attracts more than 370 delegates from broad range of industry sectors
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) yesterday concluded the country’s first-ever seminar on supply chain opportunities in Canada’s growing wind energy industry. The seminar, titled Opportunities in Canada’s Wind Energy Supply and Value Chains, was an unqualified success with larger-than-expected attendance of more than 370 delegates from a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, engineering, steel fabrication, and specialty component suppliers.
02/11/2009 Exploring Canada’s new economic opportunity at Wind Energy Supply and Value Chain Seminar
Representatives from a broad range of sectors will explore the new economic opportunity presented by Canada’s expanding wind energy industry at a Feb. 18-19 seminar and networking session in Toronto titled ‘Opportunities in Canada’s Wind Energy Supply and Value Chains’.
01/27/2009 Federal Budget Fails to Capitalize on Canada’s Green Energy Opportunity
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today reacted with disappointment to the federal government’s failure to expand and extend its very successful ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Program (eRPP) in the 2009 federal budget. The absence of such action in the federal budget means that federal production incentives for the deployment of wind and other forms of renewable energy will run out of funding to support new projects before the end of the next fiscal year.
01/23/2009 New Wind Projects in Ontario Good News for the Province's Economy, Environment and Electricity Future
(Ottawa) – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomed today’s announcement of long-term contracts for six new wind energy projects in Ontario totaling 492 MW by Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, the Hon. George Smitherman. Ontario is currently Canada’s wind leader with 782 MW of installed capacity, providing clean electricity for over 230,000 homes.
12/10/2008 Canada becomes 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity
CanWEA today announced Canada has officially become the 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity.
11/25/2008 CanWEA applauds announcement of Canada’s largest wind farm
CanWEA today congratulated Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Government on news of the acceptance of a proposal by St. Joseph Wind Farm Inc. to develop Canada’s largest single wind farm near Letellier in southern Manitoba.
11/25/2008 CanWEA Launches New Purchasing Guide for ‘Small Wind'
In response to growing demand from consumers, CanWEA has released a new 16-page “Small Wind Purchasing Guide” for off-grid, residential, farm and commercial applications.
11/20/2008 CanWEA says wind must play major role in achieving Throne Speech target for clean energy
CanWEA today welcomed the federal government’s commitment to clean energy in its 2008 Speech from the Throne. The federal government outlined its commitment to draw 90 per cent of electricity from renewable resources by the year 2020.
11/13/2008 CBC's The Fifth Estate News Clip: The Gospel of Green
In the face of predictions, rhetoric and warnings about the planet's environmental crisis, one man stands alone as a revolutionary who is transforming a country. And it's likely you've never heard his name.
10/30/2008 Ontario Becomes Wind Power Leader In Canada
McGuinty Government Celebrates Canada's Largest Wind Farm
10/22/2008 Canadian Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Trade Show Concludes in Vancouver with Record Attendance and new Wind Vision for Canada
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today concluded in Vancouver its biggest and best Annual Conference and Trade Show in the association’s history with record attendance and a bold, new vision for the future of wind energy in Canada.
10/23/2008 Canadian Wind Energy Association Announces Annual Award Winners
CanWEA recognized organizations and individuals working tirelessly to advance the wind-energy industry in Canada during its gala Awards Banquet Tuesday as part of its 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver.
10/20/2008 National Poll Finds That Canadians Prefer Wind Energy Over All Other Sources
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), in association with The Strategic Council, released the results of its Wind Power Survey during its 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver. The national survey shows Canadians strongly support the development of renewable energy sources, and their first choice for energy is wind energy.
10/20/2008 Canadian Wind Energy Association releases its strategic wind power development plan: Wind Vision 2025 – Powering Canada’s Future
The plan, entitled Wind Vision 2025 – Powering Canada’s Future, argues that Canada can and must ensure that wind energy supplies 20 per cent of the country’s demand by 2025, bringing total Canadian wind-energy capacity to 55,000 MW.
10/01/2008 CanWEA Annual Conference & Trade Show: Fast Forward to Wind
The CanWEA Annual Conference and Trade Show — Fast Forward to Wind — will be held in Vancouver October 19 – 22 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.
10/06/2008 Scientists conclude that there is no evidence that wind turbines have an adverse impact on human health
Response to a recent publication by Dr. Nina Pierpont
09/18/2008 Wind and water organizations encouraged by emphasis on renewables
Ontario government puts additional focus on renewable energy growth opportunities
09/16/2008 Infinite possibilities for wind energy discussed at Wind and Aboriginal Communities Seminar
More than 220 delegates representing Aboriginal communities, the wind industry and governments across Canada came together at CanWEA's first-ever Wind and Aboriginal Communities seminar
09/11/2008 Atelier sur l’énergie éolienne et les municipalités
Source d’énergie et de développement économique régional, l’électricité de source éolienne peut devenir un puissant outil au service des municipalités du Québec.
08/27/2008 CanWEA welcomes findings on Barotrauma in Current Biology
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes the publication of the findings of a study on Barotrauma in the journal Current Biology by University of Calgary researcher Erin Baerwald.
08/12/2008 Wind and Aboriginal Communities Seminar
Wind and Aboriginal Communities Seminar to explore opportunities in growing wind energy industry.
07/16/2008 Joint statement of APPrO, CanWEA and OWA on grandfathering RESOP projects
Entirely apart from how the three organizations feel about other changes to RESOP, short term or long term, the groups are in complete agreement on the need to grandfather existing developers with respect to the new project limits.
04/29/2008 Project Cost Analysis for 250-MW Blocks Generated by community and Aboriginal Projects
CanWEA has submitted its comments to Quebec’s Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune [Department of natural resources and wildlife] as part of the consultations regarding proposed regulations for two blocks of 250 MW of wind energy from Aboriginal and community projects.
2008/06/12 Wind Energy Ready to Answer BC Hydro's Call for Power
British Columbia is about to enter a new era of clean energy generation with the largest clean power call ever issued in the province, setting the stage for BC’s untapped potential of wind energy to be realized.
12/05/2008 L’éolienne gagne à être côtoyée
Le fait de vivre à proximité d’un parc d’éoliennes augmente l’acceptabilité envers cette forme d’énergie verte au lieu de la réduire. Available in French only.
05/13/2008 Guiding Principles
On May 5th of this year, the Government of Quebec and Hydro Québec announced that 2,000 MW of electricity would be produced by wind sources in various regions of Quebec. The members of the Quebec caucus of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) have committed to developing wind farm projects that respect the host communities and have acceded to these Guiding Principles.
The Guiding Principles were published in La Presse on May 6th. Click here to view the ad.
05/07/2008 Canadian Wind Energy Association responds to comments made by Alberta Premier Stelmach regarding wind turbine bird fatalities
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has responded to comments made by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach in which he claimed that the recent death of hundreds of ducks on an oilsands tailings pond was insignificant when compared to deaths caused by wind turbines.
05/06/2008 Wind Energy: A Strategic Source of Electrical Power for the Development of Quebec and its Regions
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the announcement of 15 new wind farms, and considers it an unprecedented step for the growth of wind power in Quebec, and for environmental protection. CanWEA believes that this very good news is a harbinger of a bright future for the development of Quebec society and its regions.
04/07/2008 Global wind energy market to reach 240GW by 2012
The Global Wind Energy Council is forecasting that the global wind market will grow by over 155% to reach 240 GW of total installed capacity by 2012. In its annual “Global Wind Energy Report 2007”, GWEC has adjusted its previous forecast to take into account the unexpectedly strong increase in wind energy deployment around the world. The report will be presented at the European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC) in Brussels on 1 April 2008.
02/01/2008 Wind Energy Sets Global Growth Record in 2007
As another global record was set in 2007 with the installation of 20,000 MW of new, emission-free wind power, Canada’s total installed capacity grew to 1,846 MW with the addition of 386 MW of new wind energy projects, its 2nd best year ever. Wind energy now produces enough electricity in Canada to meet the needs of 560,000 homes.
02/12/2008 US, China & Spain lead world wind power market in 2007
The Global Wind Energy Council today confirmed its earlier estimate that over 20,000 MW of wind power was installed in 2007, led by the US, China and Spain, bringing world-wide installed capacity to 94,112 MW. This is an increase of 31% compared with the 2006 market, and represents an overall increase in global installed capacity of about 27%.