U.S.-Canada joint statement promises cooperation on clean energy

March 10, 2016

Includes integrating more wind energy into the electricity grid

Ottawa, Ontario – March 10, 2016 – Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released this statement following the joint announcement on climate, energy and arctic leadership released by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama today.

“We’re pleased to see the two leaders reaffirm their commitment to collaborate on accelerating clean energy development in order to address climate change and foster sustainable energy development and economic growth. The bilateral agreement includes a pledge to enhance efforts to facilitate more integration of renewables into our interconnected grids, to accelerate clean energy and clean technology innovation, and to work together to strengthen the security and resilience of the electricity grid. CanWEA welcomes the acknowledgement of the critical role for electricity in general and renewable energy in particular in helping Canada and the U.S. to increase energy resilience and achieve the deep cuts in emissions needed to address climate change. Like Canada, the U.S. is looking at ways to meet its aggressive greenhouse gas emission targets and the importing of clean Canadian electricity is a viable option that benefits Canadians as well. Like countries all over the world, we will need to increasingly power other sectors with affordable, reliable, zero-carbon electricity generation, like wind energy, to reduce fossil fuel use in transportation, heating and cooling of buildings and industrial processes.”

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