Governor Patrick Promotes Success of Massachusetts Clean Energy Economy at Canadian Wind Energy Conference
TORONTO – Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – As part of the Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick today delivered the keynote address at the Canada Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) conference to promote the strength and successes of the growing Massachusetts clean energy sector to the Commonwealth’s Canadian counterparts. Under Governor Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts has become a global leader in the wind energy industry.
“Massachusetts is already a global destination for the wind industry, and strengthening our relationship with our Canadian counterparts will build on our success by creating jobs and economic opportunity in this industry that will last for generations to come,” said Governor Deval Patrick.
The global wind industry is growing with 282 gigawatts installed in 2012 and expecting to rise to 500 gigawatts by 2016. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the offshore wind industry alone will employ 43,000 workers by 2030. Under Governor Patrick’s leadership, installed wind grew by 40 percent since 2007. There was more land-based wind installed in 2012 than in any other year preceding. The Massachusetts clean energy sector has grown by 11.8 percent over the past year with 5,500 companies employing 80,000 workers – 11 percent of those jobs in wind power.
The Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission will build on those successes by strengthening the relationships between the leaders in the Massachusetts and Canadian clean energy industries and promoting Massachusetts as the ideal place for wind energy companies to grow and prosper.
The 29th annual CanWEA conference is a premier wind energy event that brings together over 2,000 global experts to discuss the opportunities and latest developments in the wind energy industry. CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its members.
During the event, Massachusetts-based clean energy company Vertex Environmental announced the company would open a 4,000 square-foot office outside of Toronto next week. Vertex Environmental, based in Weymouth, provides services for building energy efficiency, solar and wind projects in the United States and in 47 countries across the world.
"We’re excited about our expansion into Canada and we look forward to solidifying our North American capabilities with this new venture," said Vertex Environmental CEO James B. O'Brien.
“At the CanWEA conference, Governor Patrick spoke of emerging opportunities to coordinate inter-country energy development and transmission,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung. “The Canadian wind energy industry was delighted to hear Governor Patrick’s optimism for growing trade opportunities involving clean, renewable energy development including wind energy.”
From October 8-11, Governor Patrick is leading a delegation of the Commonwealth’s government leaders on a Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnership with Canada and expand opportunities between the two for economic development and job creation in the clean-tech, innovation, digital health, financial services, digital gaming, life sciences and academic sectors. Canada is the Commonwealth’s largest export partner. Last year, Massachusetts exported approximately $3.5 billion in goods and services to Canada, and the two-way exchange was $11.1 billion in 2012.