Ottawa, Ontario, June 29, 2016 – Today the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico committed to advance clean energy and integration of energy resources, including renewables, by setting a goal of 50 per cent clean power generation in North America by 2025. They also committed to support the development of cross-border transmission projects, including for renewable electricity, and to conduct a joint study on the opportunities and impacts of adding more renewables to the power grid on a North American basis.
The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity applauds the efforts of Prime Minister Trudeau, President Obama and President Peña Nieto to capitalize on the important economic and environmental opportunities provided by increased use of renewable electricity.
“Having North America’s leaders make increased use of clean energy a priority clearly recognizes Canada’s renewable energy potential and illustrates how exporting some of that potential is good for Canada and North America, both environmentally and economically.”
Jacob Irving, Canadian Hydropower Association
“To build on today’s announcement a clear next step for Prime Minister Trudeau will be to work with provincial and territorial governments to develop a renewable electricity export strategy that capitalizes on Canada’s abundance of renewable energy resources.”
Robert Hornung, Canadian Wind Energy Association
“Today’s commitment to support cross-border transmission projects is welcome news and will enable Canada to benefit from increased clean electricity exports, while enabling American states to more readily fulfill their obligations under the Clean Power Plan.”
John Gorman, Canadian Solar Industries Association
“This is a positive step towards the creation of a broader international strategy to address policy barriers and increase the export of Canadian renewable electricity, technologies, services and products to markets around the world.”
Elisa Obermann, Marine Renewables Canada
For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:
Lejla Latifovic, Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
613-234-8716 x 241 or 1-800-922-6932 x 241