Atlantic Premiers Collaborate on Clean Energy
Premier Dwight Ball was in Saint John, New Brunswick this week to participate in the Council of Atlantic Premiers. He joined Liberal Premiers Brian Gallant, Stephen McNeil, and Wade MacLauchlan in a series of meetings intended to foster regional economic development and co-operation on issues of mutual interest.
At this week’s meetings, the Liberal Premiers announced the establishment of an Atlantic Clean Energy Partnership. They are committed to working together to promote clean growth, and to build on Atlantic Canada’s position as a clean energy hub.
Positioning the region in this way will support innovation and job creation, as Canada transitions into a clean-energy economy.
The Atlantic Clean Energy Partnership seeks to identify smarter and better ways to address the energy needs of the region, and to develop clean energy technologies that will create jobs and economic growth.This strengthened Atlantic energy collaboration will:
- Work to address energy generation and transmission capacity needs throughout Atlantic Canada;
- Support the development of renewable and non-emitting energy sources, so as to enhance Atlantic Canada’s capacity to generate and export clean energy;
- Increase efforts to promote energy efficiency for the industrial, commercial and residential sectors, with a particular focus on low-income and Indigenous communities;
- Build on the success of smart grid and storage technology to better utilize clean electricity and further electrify the heating, transportation and industrial sectors; and
- Explore opportunities to leverage federal and private-sector funds to support transformative change in the region’s energy infrastructure.
The partnership will enable provinces to provide focus and leadership in collaborative efforts with the federal government and key partners in the region’s energy sector.
Atlantic Canada is leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions – over the past decade, the region has cut its GHG emissions by 20 per cent. We can achieve further reductions by working together and with the federal government. Through this partnership, Atlantic Canada can achieve the goal of more efficient and environmentally responsible energy generation which will promote clean technology, innovative approaches, and new export opportunities, while advancing regional and national goals in combatting the effects of climate change.