Renewing Futures embarked upon a unique nation-wide research program.
Our research did not only look at the entire industry; we also focused on specific sectors.
The labour market intelligence we gathered determined the driving forces affecting the Wind sector.
Through our research, we have:
- Gained a clear understanding of the workforce the sector has now and will need in the future; and how to best foster its growth;
- Identified training, certification and education programs, as well as the skills required;
- Understood how various factors will affect the sector, whether advances in technology, regulatory changes, or shifting demographics;
- Made informed recommendations specific to the Wind sector so it can to develop an effective HR strategy.
Renewing Futures has created this page to be a focal point for anyone with a stake in the Wind sector.
First, it will be where you can find research findings and analysis specific to the sector.
And second, through this page, we want to connect you to information, discussion and people in the Wind sector.
WindVision 2025 : Powering Canada's Future
Announcing a bold new vision for wind energy in Canada ...
CanWEA believes wind energy can satisfy 20 percent of Canada’s electricity demand by 2025. Achieving this vision will pay huge dividends:
- Generating $79 billion of investment that will make Canada’s wind energy sector a real player in a $1.8 trillion global wind industry
- Creating at least 52,000 high quality, full-time jobs including many in rural communities
- Producing $165 million in new annual revenues for municipalities
- Adding 55,000 MW of clean generating capacity that will strengthen our electrical grids and head off potential power shortages
- Stabilizing electricity prices
- Cutting Canada’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 17 Megatonnes
To make WindVision 2025 a reality, CanWEA is calling on the federal and provincial governments to establish policies and programs addressing these five priorities:
- Providing fair value for the environmental attributes of wind energy
- Enhancing wind energy procurement processes
- Providing incentives to manufacturers of wind power equipment
- Planning and building ‘wind-friendly’ transmission infrastructure
- Streamlining permitting and approval processes for wind energy projects
Find out how this infinite source of clean energy will power Canada's future, create new jobs, and reduce our impact on the environment.
WindVision 2025: A Strategy For Alberta
Alberta is well positioned to take strategic advantage of its significant wind resource, access to skilled trades, and interest by independent power producers. Wind energy can provide substantial amounts of new clean electricity to Albertans while at the same time contributing to rural economic development and addressing concerns about increases in greenhouse gas emissions from the province’s broader energy sector. Without immediate action by policymakers, however, the pace of future development is in question.
CanWEA has identified two complementary policies that, if implemented together, have the potential to allow the industry to overcome these barriers.
- Clean Electricity Standard: to impose a maximum greenhouse gas emissions-intensity level, measured in tonnes CO2e/MWh, on electricity sold by retailers in the province.
- Increase in carbon price: a second supplementary measure is an increase in the $15/tonne carbon price imposed on large emitters under Alberta’s existing Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER).
When it comes to benefits, the impact of developing the province’s wind energy resource is substantial. From an environmental perspective, every 150 MW wind farm built in Alberta:
- Reduces Alberta’s GHG emissions by 300,000 tonnes a year
- Reduces water consumption by 480 million litres a year, relative to natural gas generation
Wind energy development pays significant economic dividends as well. Every 150 MW of new capacity represents:
- $316 million in investment
- 140 full-time equivalent jobs in construction
- 10 permanent jobs in operations and maintenance
- $17 million in lease payments to landowners over 20 years
- $31 million in property tax payments to municipalities over 20 years
Find out how this infinite source of clean energy can power Alberta’s future, create new jobs, and reduce our impact on the environment
WindVision 2025: A Strategy For British Columbia
WindVision 2025: A Strategy For Quebec