North America to Generate 50% of Its Energy from Clean Sources by 2025

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North America to Generate 50% of Its Energy from Clean Sources by 2025

Climate partnership commits three countries to producing half of their power from wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, and clean coal.
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Green Builder Media CEO, Sara Gutterman

Green Builder Media

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 6:30am

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Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto met this week in Ottawa to sign an agreement that will increase the three countries’ production of clean energy from 37% to 50% by 2025.  The agreement will allow clean energy sales across borders and connect the countries’ energy grids. 

The countries also committed to cut methane emissions (which is estimated to be 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to warming the atmosphere) from the oil and natural gas sector by 40-45% by 2025, and to reduce short-lived greenhouse gases like black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons.

Currently, about 37% of the power in the U.S. is produced from clean energy sources (11% comes from wind, solar and hydro, and 19% comes from nuclear.)  Mexico produces approximately 25% of its electricity from clean sources. 

Canada leads the charge, producing roughly 63% of its power from a blend of hydro, solar, wind, and another 18% from nuclear.  Now that clean power can be sold across borders, Canada stands to benefit substantially by selling its spare renewable energy to the U.S. and Mexico.

But, as critics are quick to point out, the reality of fulfilling these commitments may prove to be problematic if history is any kind of indicator, particularly given how politically charged the adoption of clean energy and the corresponding phase-out of fossil fuels has become in the U.S. and Canada. 

At this time, Mexico seems to have the lowest hurdles—the country is deregulating its electricity sector and encouraging private investment in what was a once tightly regulated, state-run industry.  It’s projected that Mexico can viably produce 35% of its total power needs from clean sources as early as 2024.

In the U.S., renewables—solar in particular—are being adopted at unprecedented rates, riding the wave of market demand, with production and storage technologies so advanced that renewable solutions are more efficient, reliable and cost-effective than fossil fuels in many markets.

Read the full story on the Climate Partnership between the U.S., Canada and Mexico...

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