The Canadian wind energy industry said the country must develop its own supply chain to support market opportunities related to construction of wind farms before the U.S. market and supply chain become too large and have too great a competitive advantage.
A recent report, Wind Industry Supply Chain Opportunities for Canadian Manufacturers, was released by the Canadian Wind Energy Association and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. It found the presence of wind turbine manufacturers in Canada would require stable, consistent and predictable long-term opportunities in regional markets that are located relatively close to one another, and within "striking distance" to the U.S. market.
Canadian manufacturers may also benefit from the domestic construction of turbine tower sections, rotor blades, nacelle assemblies and covers, casting and forgings.
The report noted that a second supply chain opportunity may come from the need for engineering procurement and construction services, logistics, craning, transformers and geotechnical and site preparation services.
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