U.S. Governors Launch Secure Clean Energy Initiative

The National Governors Association (NGA) has shown its commitment to promoting renewable energy policies across the country with the launch of the Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative, announced by NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Securing a Clean Energy Future will enlist the efforts of all governors to enact meaningful clean energy policies at the state level. The initiative is the first bipartisan, governor-led effort of this magnitude to address the critical issues of economic and energy security as well as combating global climate change.

Securing a Clean Energy Future will promote clean energy policies at the state level that:

• Use existing energy resources more wisely through efficiency and conservation;
• Promote non-petroleum based fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel;
• Take reasonable steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
• Accelerate the research and development of advanced, clean energy technologies.

“Many governors are already working in their respective states to improve energy conservation and efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy. This initiative broadens that commitment already underway at the state level and will further meaningful clean energy policies across the country,” said Gov. Sebelius.

In addition to seeking public-private partnerships, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that DOE will provide $610,000 to support NGA’s work to enact meaningful energy policies at the state level, increasing state and federal collaboration.

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