California and Mexico sign energy & climate agreements

California and Mexico sign energy & climate agreements

The governments of California and Mexico have signed a bilateral agreement to develop and deploy renewable energy technologies.

The agreement, which calls the two governments to work together in the field of clean energy, was signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown and Mexico's Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell on July 29, during the governor's recent trade visit to Mexico City.

Apart from developing and deploying solar energy, wind energy, and other clean energy technologies like biofuels, the pact includes a commitment to explore integrating Baja California Norte into the Golden State's energy market as well as to support expanded markets for environment-friendly and energy-efficient technologies.

After signing the agreement, Governor Brown said, "By this agreement, we intend to work together to dramatically increase solar, wind and other renewable investments."

A day earlier, on July 28, the two governments signed a similar memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Mexico's Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Lacy said the MoU would take their joint efforts to curb emissions to a whole new level of cooperation. Echoing Lacy's comments, Mr. Brown said that the partnership would allow California to make real progress on slashing dangerous greenhouse gases.

Last year, Mr. Brown signed similar energy and climate agreements with other West Coast states and British Columbia. The Golden State also has an agreement with China's National Development & Reform Commission to act as a team on climate and air quality policies.

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