Advancing North American Partnerships

CEA strongly believes that there is no better example of the promise and benefits of electric integration between nations than that of Canada and the United States.

Canadian electricity is a clean, low-cost supply option that has served American businesses and communities for over 100 years.

This bilateral relationship has served globally as a model for planning and operating a vast, complex electricity system in a cooperative manner.

Integration between neighbours improves environmental performance

  • Improves affordability of supply, as more efficient price signals and larger markets help keep downward pressure on costs and expand access to competitively-priced resources
  • Facilitates greater reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — in particular, with clean Canadian exports helping to displace GHGs in the US generation fleet
  • Maximizes opportunities for developing renewable resources
  • Enables investments in new non-emitting resources.

The completion of integration projects will mark yet another important phase in the bilateral legacy of playing to our integrated strengths to optimize environmental performance.

Transboundary cooperation

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), created in 1968 by the electricity industry, is an exceptional success story for standardizing electric grid planning and operations. This story is set to become even more compelling, as Mexico is integrated into the fold.

NERC conducts extremely valuable technical research, such as the:

  • Implications of the changing electricity mix in North America
  • Services and operational characteristics that essential for maintaining grid reliability

As Canada, the US, and Mexico look to integrate more clean energy into the system, a proper recognition and understanding of these essential services will be a primary determinant of ultimate success.

Roadmap to an integrated electricity system

CEA has developed a roadmap to leverage our integrated continental electricity system as a foundation to seize opportunities through expanded collaboration between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

The roadmap makes the following recommendations:

  • Increase trade in clean electricity and support electricity trade missions in the US
  • Promote the electrification of transportation
  • Streamline permitting processes for cross-border transmission projects
  • Pursue joint innovation and research and development projects
  • Support clean electrification in remote and Indigenous communities
  • Coordinate carbon pricing mechanisms
  • Examine climate adaptation risks and practices
  • Enhance electric grid security and reliability
  • Collaborate on energy information
  • Ensure meaningful consultation with industry