US and Canada in renewables pledge

UNITED STATES/CANADA: Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and US president Barack Obama have reaffirmed their commitment to developing renewable energies in North America.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (left) with US president Barack Obama at the White House
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (left) with US president Barack Obama at the White House

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Trudeau is on an official trip to Washington and met with Obama to discuss, among other topics, clean energy.

In a joint statement, following the meeting at the White House, the two leaders said they would enhance their efforts in facilitating the integration of renewables on to the interconnected grids between Canada and the US.

Obama and Trudeau also committed to implementing their intended nationally determined contributions to the COP21 UN climate deal, agreed in Paris in December 2015.

CanWEA preident Robert Hornung welcomed the pledge for the two countries to work together:

"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 US to increase energy resilience and achieve the deep cuts in emissions needed to address climate change," Hornung said.

Without federal policy in support of renewables, Canada's wind sector has had to rely on provincial policy for wind energy development. The federal ecoEnergy for Renewable Power programme, which paid a C$0.01/kWh production incentive for the first ten years of a project's life, ran until 2010-11.

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