Canada already has 80 percent emissions-free electricity, stemming mostly from hydropower. The half-clean-electricity target is a decent increase from the continent’s current 37 percent electricity generated emissions-free.
The countries, specifically the United States and Mexico, will need to greatly increase their clean production, with 32 and 22 percent emissions-free electricity respectively.
Mexico will have to double its emissions-free output to meet the goal, or the other nations will have to pick up the slack.
The United States has a shorter distance to climb, but it will deal with its own issues, including the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the U.S. The amount of energy generated from nuclear power is expected to drop by a percentage point in the near future.
The Clean Power Plan is still stalled by a Supreme Court stay, meaning a setback for government support for the renewable energy industry.
Government agencies are positive that the U.S. will meet this goal, saying that Americans will at least receive 41 percent clean electricity by 2025, an 11-point increase.