Northeastern US governors and Canadian premiers have forged resolutions to create strong renewable energy workforces, improve grid reliability and lower the cost of electricity on both sides of the border. Led by Vermont’s Gov. Phil Scott (R) and members of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), Americans and Canadians will use the Green Mountain State’s growing clean energy sector as a model to stimulate regional economic growth, while mitigating climate change.
The initiatives were created during the 2017 New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEGECP) conference in Prince Edward Island, Canada, a yearly gathering to discuss cooperative economic opportunities. Governors and leaders from Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut meet with Canadian premiers from New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
“With 6 percent of our workforce employed in the clean energy sector, Vermont offers tremendous talent, innovative products, and deep experience to help other states and countries deploy renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate solutions,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont executive director. “REV appreciates the governors and premiers continued commitment to economic growth through renewable energy and climate solutions.”
The resolutions will help facilitate cross-border trade of renewable energy equipment, like solar panels, wind turbines, energy storage systems and electric vehicles. This year, members of REV, which include Brookfield Renewables, Northern Power Systems and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, attended the conference with Gov. Scott to show fellow leaders about how the state has grown its renewable energy economy.
Indeed, Vermont is on an ambitious path to renewable energy growth. It committed to source 20 percent of its energy from solar by 2025 and 90 percent from a combined renewable energy portfolio by 2050. Already the state anticipates it will see the installation of around 1 gigawatt of solar between 2017 and 2025. That's expected to , result in nearly $8 billion in energy savings through 2050 that would have otherwise been invested in purchasing fossil fuels to power the state, according to the latest Vermont Solar Pathways Study.
“We are proud to have built strong cross-border relationships with Canadian partners, beginning almost a decade ago when we installed our first clean energy wind turbine in Newfoundland,” said Ciel R. Caldwell, Northern Power Systems president and COO. “Since then we’ve worked closely with partners and developers on solutions for microgrids and remote power applications, as well as energy storage systems. In addition, half of our incoming freight and nearly 100 percent of our manufacturing exports travel through the Port of Montreal.”Tweet