US Secretary of Energy Granholm and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources O’Regan Launch Cooperation Agreement on Clean Energy, Innovation and Energy Justice
WASHINGTON DC – US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan today held a bilateral meeting to launch a new updated and revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that reinvigorates and extends energy cooperation between their ministries, accelerates the clean-up energy transition to net zero emissions by 2050, and provides reliable, efficient and resilient grid operations. At the bilateral meeting, the United States and Canada also released the North American Renewable Energy Integration Study (NARIS), a one-of-a-kind analysis detailing the benefits of integrating renewable energy. across the continent and helping to accelerate respective country goals. to achieve a clean power system.
“The United States and Canada have a shared commitment to protect our planet and ensure that all pockets in North America have access to clean and affordable energy,” said Secretary Granholm. “We cannot tackle the climate crisis alone – we must work together to accelerate the flow of low-carbon electricity across our borders, boost job growth and usher in a 100% clean energy future. ”
“There are no two countries in the world whose energy sectors are as closely linked as Canada and the United States. It’s a relationship that supports thousands of jobs and spurs economic activity on both sides of the border. We are strengthening our bilateral energy relationship to build a clean energy future. And we are leaving no one behind. mentionned Minister O’Regan.
The revised and renewed Memorandum of Understanding identifies 15 areas for strategic bilateral energy cooperation and sets the framework for the commitments set out in the Roadmap for a Renewed United States-Canada Partnership announced by U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Canadian Minister Justin Trudeau following their February 23, 2021 meeting.
The NARIS press release, led by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, underscores the shared commitment of the United States and Canada to achieving a clean energy future. The study aims to inform grid planners, utilities, industry, policymakers and other stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities associated with adding large amounts of solar, wind and hydropower to the power system. from the continent. The study found:
- Regional and international cooperation in electricity transmission, as envisioned by the study, can deliver significant net economic benefits – up to $ 180 billion by 2050.
- The North American electricity system can decarbonise quickly and achieve high levels of clean energy production while balancing supply and demand under a wide range of future conditions, with all generation and storage technologies contributing to capacity. power system to balance supply and demand.
- Increased investment in transportation, both between regions of the United States and between countries, along with increased coordination, would provide more reliable, efficient and resilient grid operations to meet electricity demand, even as clean energy production, including hydroelectric, thermal, wind and solar power generation, and energy storage is increasing.
Primary funding for NARIS was provided by the DOE’s Office of Wind and Renewable Energy Technologies, the Office of Water Power Technologies, and the Office of Solar and Natural Resources Technologies. Canada.