Gov. Ige Joins Governors’ Accord for New Energy FutureFebruary 16, 2016, 10:23 AM HST · Updated February 16, 10:23 AM 0 Comments
Today, Gov. David Ige became a member of a bipartisan coalition of 17 governors—the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future—a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices and a modern electrical grid.
The accord, which represents 127 million Americans—provides participating governors with a platform through which their states will collaborate, learn from one another, and leverage partnerships in energy planning and policymaking.
“Hawai‘i is the most oil-dependent state in the nation, and we are committed to reaching 100% renewable energy use in the electricity sector by the year 2045,” said Gov. Ige. “This accord allows us to share information about our clean energy transformation with other states and to collaborate with them on issues that are important to all of us, like strengthening energy security, reducing carbon emissions and promoting smart growth.”
“American prosperity has always depended on embracing new ideas and technologies,” states the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future. “Embracing new energy solutions allows us to expand our economy while protecting the health of our communities and natural resources. These improvements will help secure a safe and prosperous future for our country.
“We recognize that now is the time to embrace a bold vision of the nation’s energy future, and to do so, states are once again poised to lead.”
Democratic and Republican accord signatories commit that their states will continue to diversify energy generation and expand clean energy sources, modernize energy infrastructure, and encourage clean transportation options.
The 17 participating governors represent states that vary considerably in their energy mix and policy portfolios. However, these governors have committed to working together to make transformational policy changes to secure a stronger energy future for their states and the nation.
The participating governors’ senior advisors will convene shortly to discuss initial steps to pursue shared priorities and commitments contained in the accord.
Click here to access the full text of the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future.
Click here to view statements from each governor participating in the Accord.