US, Canada and Mexico to pledge 50% of power from renewables by 2025

US, Canada and Mexico to pledge 50% of power from renewables by 2025

Leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico – President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Enrique Peña Nieto plan to commit to a new regional clean power goal at a summit this week in Ottawa Canada.

The leaders will meet at the so-called “Three Amigos” summit and will pledge to have their countries generate 50% of their power by 2025 from solar, wind, hydropower and nuclear plans, carbon capture and storage.

Brian Deese, a senior advisor to President Obama said: “We believe this is an aggressive goal, but for all three countries, one that we believe in achievable, continent-wide.”

Clean power levels from all countries are at around 37% and will require the most work from the US, which generates around 75% of the countries’ power.

Around one third of power from the US now comes from clean energy.

According to Deese, Mexico produced less than 20% of its power from clean energy and officials there had already pledged to reach 25% by 2024.

Canada generates 81% of its electricity from solar, wind, hydroelectric and nuclear power generation, reported the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

At the summit the leaders will also announce new agreements to make it easier and cheaper to trade and transmit clean energy across the continent.