The board of directors for the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has selected George Smitherman, deputy premier and minister of Energy and Infrastructure of Ontario, as the recipient of the World Wind Energy Award.
‘Minister Smitherman and the team of people working behind the scenes with him have truly set a precedent for North America enabling every citizen to become not only a consumers but generators of clean renewable energy,’ says Kristopher Stevens, executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and a founding member of the Green Energy Act Alliance (GEAA)
Smitherman received the award at the World Wind Energy Conference in Korea. He was honored with the award for his achievements in increasing wind power production in Ontario. Under his leadership, the Green Energy and Economy Act was initiated and adopted as a decisive step in establishing a strong domestic wind and renewable energy industry in Ontario.
The act is expected to contribute to making the province a green leader in North America and to the creation of thousands of skilled green-collar jobs, according to the GEAA.
SOURCE: World Wind Energy Association