MOU Kicks Off ‘Clean XL’ Conversation for North America
Author — Merran Smith Category — Electricity
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New efforts by Canada, U.S. and Mexico to collaborate could accelerate clean energy transition

VANCOUVER — Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration signed today by Canada, Mexico and the United States:

“‘Clean XL’—transmission lines, not pipelines—was the hot topic at the energy ministers’ discussions in Winnipeg, and that shows just how quickly this conversation is evolving.

“Today’s agreement is a useful step toward collaborating on clean energy across North America. Greater collaboration could unlock new economic prospects for Canadian entrepreneurs, renewable power producers and auto manufacturers.

“Recent analysis found that Canada could triple its clean energy exports to the U.S. by 2030, bringing economic benefit to Canada and environmental benefit to the United States.

“Today’s agreement shows that clean energy has become a top priority—for Canada’s new government, and across the continent. It marks a significant shift in tone in the dialogue between our three countries, one that North American leaders can build on at a Three Amigos summit expected in the coming months.”

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