Canadian Electricity Association—One Hundred and Twenty-fifth AnniversaryPublished on 30 November 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day
Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, I am pleased to rise today to speak to you about the Canadian Electricity Association, or the CEA, who are celebrating their one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary this year. So while our colleague Senator Plett often focuses on “flushing out” the issues of fellow plumbers, I would like to “enlighten” you on some of the work being done by the Canadian Electricity Association.
The CEA was founded back in 1891 with the initial goal of supporting the science of electricity. As you can well imagine, that meant something very different back in the days of oil lamps and steam-powered transportation than it does today. But while the technology may have changed and continues to change, the CEA’s commitment to innovation and collaboration has remained steady.
Members of CEA fall into two categories, honourable senators: corporate utility members, those who market, generate, distribute and transmit electricity; and corporate partner members, those who manufacture or supply the materials, services or technology in this sector.
There are six areas that have been identified as priorities for the CEA which are important for honourable senators to be aware of: infrastructure, energy efficiency, technology, regulation, environment and security. These various domains show that many elements of the electricity industry touch on issues that interest all of us.
As they are the self-described “national voice for safe, secure and sustainable electricity for all Canadians,” I encourage you to find out more about the work being done by your regional CEA members.
A reception with CEA member utility representatives will be held today from 4:30 to 5:30 in room 256S. I hope to see you all there. Thank you, honourable senators.