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What North America Must Do To Drive A More Sustainable Energy Economy

Canadian Electricity Association (4/20/2010)
The Integrated North American Transmission Grid. Map Copyright CEA. Lines shown are 345kV and above. The Integrated North American Transmission Grid. Map Copyright CEA. Lines shown are 345kV and above.
A strong consensus is emerging at the highest levels of government in North America that clean energy is a cornerstone for a new economic framework.

Economic recovery plans in both Canada and the U.S. are rooted in the understanding that clean energy will serve as a key driver for growth and the movement towards a stronger, more sustainable economic future.

The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has identified three ways to help move the integrated electricity market toward a more sustainable energy economy in North America.

For this transformation to occur, the integrated North American electricity system must play a central role.

The CEA offers up specific recommendations for policymakers in Canada and the U.S. to consider:

  1. Coordinate research and development efforts to maximize the prospects for developing breakthrough technologies in advanced clean energy projects.
  2. Support existing initiatives that are proven to deliver emission reductions and which help enable intermittent renewable technologies.
  3. Ensure that any emissions trading system incorporating the electricity sector recognizes the integrated nature of the North American electricity market and encourages the continued two-way flow in cross-border electricity trade.

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