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TORONTO, December 4, 2014 – Several university researchers have jointly published a white paper on energy policy in eastern Canada, even as Alberta’s Premier Jim Prentice met with his counterparts Ontario’s Kathleen Wynn and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard this week to promote the Energy East project.
The white paper, identifying key goals and priorities for action on energy from the perspective of eastern Canada, has been created by scholars from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario, who came together for a workshop at the University of Montreal in November.
According to these experts, cooperation in the energy sector could facilitate the adoption of efficient climate mitigation strategies . The white paper contains substantive proposals building on the energy-trade agreement announced by the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec in late November.
Citing the successful bilateral and multilateral initiatives undertaken in North America and Europe to develop common energy strategies, the researchers say the eastern provinces will also benefit from working together on a number of shared goals:
Opportunities for short term cooperation
Priorities for a long-term transformation
“These actions would deliver significant short- and long-term economic, social and environmental gains for all participating provinces. They would facilitate exchanges between the different markets, encourage economic efficiency and better leverage the important renewable and low-impact energy resources found in eastern Canada,” notes Mark Winfield, York professor of Environmental Studies and co-chair of the university’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, who is one the co-authors of the white paper.
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Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, [email protected]
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