Youth speak out for wind energy: CanWEA 2013 Power of Wind Blog Contest winners announced

TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has revealed the three winners of its second annual Power of Wind blog contest during the final day of the Association's 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. This unique opportunity is launched annually during CanWEA's Global Wind Day celebrations, held on June 15th.

Every year, CanWEA is pleased to present bursary prizes to three students entering or in post-secondary education. This year, over 500 captivating blogs were submitted by students on the subject of Building a Clean Energy Future.  Students were asked to creatively describe how they are personally involved in building a renewable energy future.

"CanWEA's annual blog contest gives students an exclusive opportunity to share personal experiences on an issue that is important to them. Each year we eagerly await the opportunity to review each submission and are very proud to celebrate with these students the growing contribution that wind energy is making here in Canada and around the world," said CanWEA President, Robert Hornung.

Wind energy projects are right now injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into local communities and providing high quality jobs for college graduates across the country. We are pleased to announce this year's Power of Wind blog contest winners:

Our first-prize winner is Gautham Krishnaraj. Gautham is a B.Sc. student at McGill University studying Microbiology and Immunology. He has a passion for science and languages. He will receive a $2,000 bursary.

Our second-prize winner is Laurence Dupuis. Laurence is currently studying Film Production at The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He will receive a $500 bursary.

The third-prize winner is Daniel Bryce. Daniel is working towards a master's degree in Planning at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He is most interested in rural-urban food networks and planning policy regarding alternative energy projects. He will receive a $250 bursary.

The winning blogs can be found online at: www.friendsofwind.ca

About the Canadian Wind Energy Association:

CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and for insight on industry issues join the conversation at www.windfacts.ca.

For Canada to be a world leader in the production of clean wind energy, CanWEA believes we can and must reach a target of producing 20 per cent or more of our electricity from wind. Learn more at www.canwea.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Wind Energy Association

Image with caption: "First-prize blog winner is Gautham Krishnaraj. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8889_PHOTO_EN_31933.jpg

Image with caption: "Second-prize blog winner is Laurence Dupuis. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8889_PHOTO_EN_31935.jpg

Image with caption: "Third-prize blog winner is Daniel Bryce. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8889_PHOTO_EN_31931.jpg



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