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Building a National Consensus on Climate Action: An Electricity Sector Perspective

June 29, 2017
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Recently (6/28), the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a discussion paper on the benefits and costs of Canadian climate action. Entitled Canadian Climate Action: Clean Power and Consensus Building, the paper is intended to inform the national conversation and help build a balanced and long-term consensus on Canada's climate and clean energy strategy.

"We know that tomorrow's economy will be based on clean, sustainable growth driven by new technologies, increased productivity, and knowledge-based jobs," said the Honorable Sergio Marchi, President and CEO of CEA. "As Canada's electricity sector operates at the nexus of economic growth and environmental protection it is uniquely positioned to power our country's clean growth future."

Canadian electricity is among the cleanest in the world, with over 80% of generation already GHG free. It also is one of the least expensive, as Canada ranks second only to Norway among developed countries. The country starts with some considerable advantages. However, the battle against climate change will be a long and difficult road. In this regard, the volume, magnitude and speed of proposed regulations could pose important challenges in certain regions.

"While the obligation of governments is to provide a long term, stable, and predictable policy strategy, they must also integrate a level of flexibility," added M. Marchi. "We must accommodate regional differences in market conditions, physical infrastructure, and locally available natural resources. Governments must also protect our competitiveness, especially as it relates to the suite of recent actions by our largest trading partner."

The launch of the paper was followed by a three-person expert panel discussion, hosted in partnership with iPoliticsLIVE.

Click here to download the paper: Canadian Climate Action: Clean Power and Consensus Building

To listen to the panel : Climate Action and Competitiveness: Can We Find Consensus?

Source: Canadian Electricity Association

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