The U.S., Mexico and Canada vowed to get at least 50 percent of its generated electricity from clean power sources by 2025, an ambitious goal that is drawing reactions from supporters and critics alike.
The goal applies to any electricity generated with low- to zero carbon-emitting sources, including nuclear, wind, solar and other renewables. The plan will also apply to power plants using carbon capture technology, but not natural gas. Energy efficiency projects will also count toward the goal.
Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, said the announcement counters recently passed emissions regulations.
“The problem with that assertion, however, is that there are no scalable plants anywhere in the world with CCS and none will ever be built in this country thanks to regulations promulgated by this Administration,” Sheehan said.
The American Wind Energy Association applauded the announcement.
“Wind energy has accounted for 77 percent of the growth in non-emitting generation in the U.S. over the last 10 years and these three countries already obtain nearly 40 percent of their electricity from zero-emission generation today,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.
The U.S. and Canada in March committed to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. Mexico will now join in that goal as part of the announcement.