US, Canada, Mexico move forward on clean energy collaboration

By Jodi Delapaz

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WASHINGTON, June 9, 2016 - The North American Energy Collaboration, comprising Canada, Mexico and the U.S., is making progress, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says. At last week's  Clean Energy Ministerial and inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial in San Francisco, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Energy,  Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell reviewed the cooperative efforts currently underway to “foster sustainable energy development, address climate change and encourage economic growth.”

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“Trilateral energy cooperation between the United States, Canada and Mexico is crucial to advancing our energy security and growing low-carbon economies,” U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said about the collaboration.

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The three countries recognized the progress they've made to date in advancing clean energy and climate objectives, including:

  •        Accelerating investments in clean energy research and development by announcing plans to double investments over the next five years as part of the Mission Innovation initiative. 
  •        Advancing North American economic competitiveness by recruiting companies to implement the ISO 50001 standard to improve energy efficiency in industry.
  •        Launching the North American Renewable Integration Study to better understand the planning and operational impacts of integrating growing renewable energy sources, such as solar, hydro and wind, into electricity grids.
  •         Further advancing clean energy, energy innovation and the shift towards a low-carbon economy by continuing support for the CEM Clean Energy Solutions Center, which helps governments design and adopt policies and programs that support the deployment of clean energy technologies.

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