In an historic move, 17 state Governors this week signed the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future. Democratic and Republican signatories to the accord commit that their states will work together to diversify energy generation, expand clean energy sources, modernize energy infrastructure, and pursue clean transportation options for a strong national clean energy future.
The participating states include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
The pact promotes investment in renewable energy technologies and alternative fuel options for vehicles. Other portions of the agreement discuss setting efficiency standards and siting environmentally desirable infrastructure.
“We are proud to join with other states seeking to achieve the same goal,” remarked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “…[B]y working together, we can develop an effective national energy policy to ensure a safer, greener, and more sustainable future for all.”