Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Canada

Dates: October 30-November 2, 2017

Explore Export Opportunities in Canada

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is organizing a Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Toronto and Calgary October 30-November 2, 2017.

Canada has undergone dramatic changes in its energy sector over the past few years, including the development of new renewable energy capacity alongside unconventional fossil fuel development. Although fossil fuels will most likely remain a part of Canada’s energy mix into the foreseeable future, some provinces are taking dramatic steps to reduce and eliminate coal-based energy (British Columbia and Alberta) while others eliminated it entirely (Ontario, Quebec).

ITA (as outlined in its recent Top Markets Report) expects Canada to have new capacity through 2017 focused on wind, solar and hydropower development; with some optimism for near-term opportunities for Geothermal power in 2018.

As such, over the next year Canada is predicted to account for nearly one-fourth of all U.S. exports in the Renewable Energy Sector, and that could increase dramatically if U.S. firms take advantage of the opportunities presenting themselves in Western Canada right now. Further, Canada’s proximity to the United States and the close commercial relationship enjoyed by many U.S. suppliers provides exporters a favorable environment to sell their products or services.

Please note that this positive outlook is reflected in Canada ranking first on ITA’s list of top renewable energy export markets for the third year in a row.

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Trade Mission Features

  • Introduce U.S. firms to rapidly expanding renewable energy market in Canada.
  • Facilitate first-hand market exposure and access to government policy makers and key private-sector industry contacts, especially potential partners
  • Gain insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies and advance specific technologies
  • Provide opportunities for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions in order to advance U.S. sector interests
  • Provide participants with opportunity to meet with local trade associations, to foster long-term partnerships, and to share best practices

Subsectors Holding High Potential for U.S. Exports

  • Renewable Energy: Alberta has targeted a coal phase-out by 2030, with a focus on GHG-free power generation. As reported by both the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Alberta Electric Systems Operator (AESO): The decision to lower GHG energy production, in addition to regular load growth, has created an enormous demand for sustainable energy which outlines an increasing demand for new supplies of utility-scale renewable energy generation and dissemination; along with its associated supporting sectors (namely infrastructure, project development and sector servicing). This is one of many examples of where Canadian clean energy policy and related investment has begun to create opportunities available for well-placed U.S. suppliers in both the near- and medium-term.
  • Smartgrid Technology: Canada is one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of its smart grid development. According to a 2012 report, Canadian awareness levels of smart meters are higher than those of the United States, and the potential for consumer energy efficiency programs to drive additional savings for both households and utilities were shown to be positive. At present smart metering is already almost completely implemented in all provinces. Due to the fact that most parts of Canada are at an advanced stage of smart grid deployment, opportunities for highly competitive U.S. information communication technologies (ICT) and energy storage firms will be ripe. With a shared transmission network and a history of cooperation on standards, issues of interoperability for U.S. smart grid exporters to Canada will be minimized.

Costs for Trade Mission

  • Small and Medium Size Enterprise (Fewer than 500 employees) or Industry Organization: $3,500
  • Large Enterprise: $6,000
  • Each additional Attendee: $1,000

Registration Deadline

Mission delegates will be accepted on a rolling basis until at least 10 participants are selected with a maximum of 20. Applications received after August 31, 2017, will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

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Canada Travel Information

Visa Requirements

Detailed information regarding Canada’s business visa requirements can be found on the Embassy of Canada’s website  and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

For More Information:

Mark Wells
Trade Promotions Programs – Washington, DC
Tel: 202-482-0904

Commercial Service Canada

Tom Hanson
PCO Western Canada
Tel: 1 403-265-2116

Stefan Popescu
CS Toronto
Tel: 1 416-595-5412 x 223

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