Canadian Hydropower Association

Canadian Hydropower Association

November 07, 2007 14:00 ET

Canadian Hydropower Association: 100-year Technology Remains Cutting-Edge

Two-Day Forum Addresses Hydropower's Capacity for Innovation and Adaptation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2007) - Industry leaders and experts gathered in Ottawa this week for the Forum on Hydropower, an annual event organized by the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA). This year's conference, Adapting to Change, Creating Change, focused on the industry's capacity to innovate and adapt.

"A mature and well-established technology, hydropower has contributed extensively to Canada's economic and environmental well being, and will continue to do so for coming generations," concluded Pierre Fortin, president of the CHA. "With already over 70,000 MW of clean, renewable hydropower capacity, Canada is blessed with huge undeveloped potential: over 163,000 MW of technical potential available across all provinces and territories, whether storage or run-of-river or new technologies such as wave and tidal," he added.

Over the course of more than 100 years in Canada, hydropower has never ceased creatively adapting to changing conditions and changing requirements. A good example of this ongoing innovation is the industry's development of technologies to optimize efficiency while reducing the environmental footprint, such as the integration of fish ladders and fish-friendly turbines.

Today, Canada's hydropower resources are developed in a sustainable manner with respect for the environment and in collaboration with local communities, including Aboriginal communities, as recent innovative agreements in Quebec and Manitoba can attest.

"The hydropower industry is committed to engaging local and aboriginal communities in the planning and development of hydropower projects, and to working closely with those communities in fostering the advancement of sustainable hydropower in Canada" said Colin Clark, chair of the CHA Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Brookfield Power.

Growing concerns for air quality and climate change have brought a resurgence of new projects across Canada. And thanks to its unique storage capacity, hydropower is possibly the energy source most adaptable to the effects of climate change, such as drought and floods.

The leading source of electricity in Canada, hydropower can meet the growing demand for electricity while addressing climate change and fighting air pollution. Clean, renewable, abundant hydroelectricity is the way of the future.

Canadian Hydropower Association

Founded in 1998, the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is the national association dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry. Its principal mandate is to promote hydropower nationally and internationally as a source of renewable energy, to make the economic and environmental advantages of hydropower better known, and to publicize the benefits of hydropower in the search for sustainable energy solutions. CHA members represent more than 95% of the hydropower capacity in Canada. Over 60% of Canada's electricity comes from hydropower.

About the Forum

An annual conference organized by the Canadian Hydropower Association, the Forum on Hydropower is an eco-friendly and carbon neutral event certified by Planetair.

Contact Information

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    Canadian Hydropower Association
    Pierre Fortin
    Gabrielle Collu
    Cell.: 514-943-6557