More than 1,500gather in Calgary for Canada's largest wind energy conference and exhibitionCALGARY, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's wind energy sector is ready to invest in projects worth billions of dollars in Alberta and Saskatchewan as governments in both provinces implement policies to significantly increase the amount of emissions-free electricity on their power grids, industry leaders agreed at the kick-off of the Canadian Wind Energy Association's 32 nd Annual Conference and Exhibition today in Calgary. More than 1,500 wind energy professionals from Canada and around the world are attending CanWEA 2016, being held Nov. 1-3 at the BMO Centre. Hosted by CanWEA and Hannover Fairs ( Canada), the 2 ½-day event features a dynamic line up of expert speakers on a range of topics that include business development opportunities, wind energy market trends, industry best practices and technology innovation. More than 120 exhibitors representing the industry's leading global companies are showcasing the latest in wind energy-related products and services on the tradeshow floor. Calgary's mayor, His Worship Naheed Nenshi, delivered the opening remarks at the first plenary session where wind energy opportunities in western Canada were in the spotlight. The Alberta government recently announced that it will support the installation of 5,000 MW of renewable energy as it works to meet its goal of 30 per cent renewable electricity by 2030, a plan expected to attract at least $10.5 billion in new investment and create a minimum of 7,200 new jobs. Saskatchewan has also targeted the addition of at least 1,600 MW of wind energy to its electricity supply mix over the next 15 years. Both provinces are expected to start the process of purchasing new wind power before the end of the year. Mr. Guy Bruce, the vice-president of planning, environment and sustainable development at SaskPower updated conference participants on the work they're doing to move forward with an initial procurement. Delegates also heard from panels of industry and business leaders who noted that the significant long-term targets for new clean energy development in both provinces has attracted the attention of numerous investors who are looking forward to further implementation details that will enable them to move forward on plans to help both provinces capitalize on their massive wind energy potential. Alberta will be back in the spotlight on Thursday, when The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta's minister of environment and parks and minister responsible for the climate change office addresses delegates at the morning plenary, followed by the Alberta Electric System Operator's (AESO) vice president of renewables development and sustainability, Mr. Michael Law, who will speak at Thursday's keynote luncheon. The Honourable Catherine McKenna, the federal minister of environment and climate change will address delegates at Wednesday's keynote luncheon.