US and Mexico map out agreement on nuclear power issues
In many regions of the United States, nuclear power plants have been struggling to remain online despite the fact that nuclear power can provide large amounts of CO2 free power.
The U.S. is now working to extend some of those nuclear benefits to Mexico. In a meeting at the White House, Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, struck an agreement with President Barack Obama that calls for a strenghtening of trade agreements between the countries, including several items related to energy and climate change.
In addition to working toward greater cooperation on nuclear power issues, the countries agreed to work together to reduce methane gas emissions, beginning with a workshop this fall on opportunities to reduce oil and gas sector emissions with the goal of reducing those emissions from 40% to 45% by 2025. The countries are also plan to implement a three-year North American Renewables Integration Study to analyze how system operators and utilities can better manage increasing amounts of renewable energy generation.