The three North American energy ministers met in Washington DC on December 15 with the goal of strengthening energy security in the region. The secretaries of energy from the United States (Ernest Moniz) and Mexico (Pedro Joaquin Coldwell) as well as the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources from Canada (Greg Rickford) discussed a strategic vision for the energy sector in North America. Included among the topics they discussed were public energy data and statistics collaboration; Mexico’s energy reform, its vision, perspectives and opportunities for trilateral cooperation; and creating resilient energy infrastructure for North America.
This is a crucial time for energy in North America – production of conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas is surging in Canada and the United States, Mexico has recently enacted legislation that will revolutionize its energy sector, and renewable energy production and energy efficiency are taking hold throughout all three countries. This creates an historic opportunity to reinforce North America’s energy potential. Action plans will be developed in the coming weeks to implement this cooperation, and a progress report to Leaders will be issued in December 2015.