Energy data and information is now being shared across North America, the continent’s most powerful energy ministers announced at the signing of a memorandum of understanding on climate change and energy collaboration.
At a media event held in Winnipeg today, Canada’s Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr, along with Mexico’s Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, and the United States’ Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, signed the MOU which will see the three countries share information on key areas, including climate change adaptation.
Carr promised working groups in these areas — which also includes reducing emissions, carbon capture and clean energy technologies — will start occurring between the three nations.
The memorandum can be found here.
The ministers launched a web platform which includes data tables on energy trade and maps on energy infrastructure across the three countries, making good on a 2014 MOU to cooperate on energy information.
The event was held at the Manitoba Hydro Place office, which Carr described as the “home to a Canadian utility with a growing presence in the United States and promising leads in Mexico.”
“Manitoba continues to be a leader in renewable sources of energy, that is the thrust of the conversation we are having this morning,” he said. “And in this context, what is good for North America is good for Manitoba.”
Moniz, who is from Massachusetts, opened his remarks by commenting on Thursday’s Winnipeg Jets game, which he attended. The Jets fell to the Boston Bruins 6-2, and Moniz joked that it was “competitive first 30 minutes and then something changed.”
Over 200,000 new jobs have been created in the United States in the area of solar energy, explained Moniz, who touted the need for the three countries to capitalize on the growing international market for clean energy.