Update: Governors Begin Work Together under the Bipartisan Accord 

May 19, 2016

Washington, DC – Senior officials to those governors who announced the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future in February 2016 met recently in Washington, DC to discuss initial steps to pursue work on the governors’ collective policy priorities, as outlined in the Accord.

This bipartisan group of 17 governors has recognized that the nation’s energy landscape is changing and will continue to do so. Through the Accord, participating states aim to share best practices and together advance work on clean energy, energy diversification, clean transportation choices, a modern electrical grid, and planning for a new energy future. The Accord provides participating governors – whose states together represent 127 million Americans – with a platform through which their states will collaborate, learn from one another, and leverage partnerships in energy planning, policymaking and attracting investments.

In a planning meeting in mid-April, advisors for the governors outlined three priority areas of initial focus under the Accord:

  • Evaluate individual state’s energy systems and quantify economic benefits and opportunities in the clean energy space.
  •  Shape technical assistance, funding, and research to better support states’ pursuit of the Accord’s common principles. This includes engaging proactively with federal agencies, select industry sectors, and philanthropy and research institutions.
  • Identify and take advantage of new tools for financing and attracting investment in the development and deployment of renewable energy, efficiency, smart grid and energy storage technologies, and alternative fuels and vehicles.

Specific projects and needs for each Accord state are currently being determined. Stakeholders with an interest in working with Accord states or providing support or resources to this effort should contact Michelle Wyman at michelle@governorsnewenergyfuture.org. To receive updates on the Accord, please email Michelle as well.

Click here to access the full text of the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future and to view statements from each governor participating in the Accord.

Governors’ Statements on the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., California:  With this Accord, governors from both parties have joined together and committed themselves to a clean energy future. Our goal is to clean up the air and protect our natural resources.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut:  Advancing clean energy is about advancing our future. In Connecticut, we have coupled a forward-thinking vision with first-in-the-nation initiatives that dramatically reduce carbon emissions. We believe that economic growth and environmental protection aren't mutually exclusive, but can happen in concert – we can indeed create good paying jobs, lower electricity bills for residents, and embrace greener, cleaner forms of energy. These are critical issues for our nation, and the world we leave for future generations tomorrow hinges on our actions today. I am glad to join my fellow governors in supporting this agreement.

Governor Jack Markell, Delaware:  Joining this Accord reflects our state's commitment to continuing our path toward a cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable energy future. In Delaware, we have dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions in recent years, while seeing a 30-fold increase in solar capacity and more than $100 million invested in energy efficiency projects. These efforts go hand-in-hand with building a strong economy, and in the last two years, we have set a state record for consecutive years of job growth. Our progress has been supported by our participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative partnership with eight other northeastern states, and we are looking forward to the increased collaboration and opportunities to share strategies that will result from this Accord.

Governor David Ige, Hawaii:  Hawaii is the most oil-dependent state in the nation, and we are committed to reaching 100 percent renewable energy use in the electricity sector by the year 2045. 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.

Governor Terry E. Branstad, Iowa:  Iowa is proud to be the nation's leader in renewable energy. We are first in the nation in terms of the production of ethanol and biodiesel. We generate nearly 30% of our energy from wind, and Iowa could be the first state in the nation to meet 40% of our energy needs from wind power by 2020 far ahead of any other state. And Iowa is a growing market for solar production. Our leadership in green energy not only makes us a leader in renewables but also powers job growth for many Iowa families. We will continue to pursue policies that will build on the foundation we have already for an even greener Iowa future.

Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts:  The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future highlights the tremendous opportunities to create a shared clean, affordable and resilient energy future. Massachusetts will continue to lead the way on clean energy, energy efficiency and the adoption of innovative technologies such as energy storage. These efforts, and our legislative proposal to bring additional hydroelectricity and other renewable resources into the region, will ensure we meet our ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets while also creating a stronger economy for the Commonwealth.

Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan:  This is a great collaborative effort. States across the country have shown leadership and used different tools to improve their energy in ways that work at home for their residents. In Michigan, ratepayers have saved more than $4 billion by reducing energy waste. This partnership will help us further adapt and identify best practices as we work to make energy more affordable, reliable and environmentally protective.

Governor Brian Sandoval, Nevada:  Nevada is considered a national leader in renewable energy development, innovation and commercialization. This bipartisan Accord provides a platform for Nevada to leverage new partnerships, gain and share knowledge and an opportunity to introduce our energy advancements to other states. I remain committed to pursue policies that will allow Nevada to continue to lead the nation in renewable energy production, energy conservation, and the exportation of energy. Nevada has many energy accomplishments and will continue to seek opportunities that build upon our existing programs and create new pathways to ensure that our energy sector remains one of the cleanest in the country.

Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire:  We know that our businesses and families need clean, reliable and affordable energy to continue to grow and prosper. In New Hampshire, our growing clean energy economy is creating jobs and helping lead the way toward a more affordable and more innovative energy future. This Accord will build on our efforts, increasing bipartisan collaboration with 16 other states to address our common energy challenges and to ensure that we continue to expand our energy options, and will help us to continue the important work of advancing our clean energy economy.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York:  From the creation of a $5 billion Clean Energy Fund to implementing our ambitious Clean Energy Standard, New York is fully committed to our role as a national leader in growing the clean tech economy. We are proud to join with other states seeking to achieve the same goal and by working together, we can develop an effective national energy policy to ensure a safer, greener and more sustainable future for all.

Governor Kate Brown, Oregon:  Efficient and innovative energy solutions are one way to help make Oregon's economy more productive and resilient. By working together with 17 governors, Democrat and Republican, Oregon's efforts to meet the challenges of a changing climate will contribute to meaningful progress across the country.

Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania:  Pennsylvania is proud of its history as an energy producing state. We drilled the first oil well, our coal fueled the industrial revolution, and now new resources are contributing to a low-carbon energy renaissance. In joining this bipartisan coalition and signing the Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future, we commit to continue to evolve towards new energy solutions which will help make the state and nation more efficient, sustainable, and resilient.

Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island:  Rhode Island is committed to policies that control energy costs while promoting clean jobs and advancing our environmental goals. While Rhode Island has already taken steps to reduce carbon emissions by supporting the nation’s first offshore wind facility, investing in renewables, and encouraging clean modes of transportation, there is more work to be done. This bipartisan agreement acknowledges the challenges we face and demonstrates our commitment to addressing them. I look forward to collaborating with other governors across the nation to find innovative ways to grow our economy, tackle climate change, and shrink our carbon footprint.

Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont:  We just learned that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record for our nation, reminding us that we can't move quickly enough to revolutionize our energy sources and transition to clean and sustainable solutions. Vermont has long embraced new technologies in the energy sector to create jobs, grow our economy, reduce emissions, cut power bills and create a more reliable grid. I am thrilled to join this bipartisan Accord to share our best practices and learn from the successes of other states. Together we can advocate for the technological solutions that will encourage the clean energy transformation this country and the world so desperately need.

Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia:  I am proud to join this group of bipartisan governors in signing the Governor’s Accord for a New Energy Future. All of our states represent diverse energy portfolios that play a significant role in growing our economies. We have made it a priority in our administration to focus on building a new Virginia economy, emphasizing energy conservation, strengthening our energy infrastructure and training the workforce we need for the future. This group of governors will ensure that states are working in partnership to secure a stronger national energy future.

Governor Jay Inslee, Washington: The time is now to commit the nation to a modern and clean energy infrastructure. This Accord is a bipartisan call for states to step up and help lead the work to modernize our nation’s electric grid, build an efficient and clean transportation system, and develop and deploy the clean energy technologies needed to secure a prosperous and healthy future for our children and our nation.