Gov. David Ige is among 17 governors who launched the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future on Tuesday, a bipartisan group whose members commit their states to a six principles in the movement toward “renewable, cleaner and more efficient energy solutions.”

Gov. David Ige is among 17 governors nationally joining forces in a new group advocating for clean, sustainable energy solutions.
Gov. David Ige is among 17 governors nationally joining forces in a new group advocating for clean, sustainable energy solutions. 

The new pact describes embracing advances in clean energy technologies as predicates for American prosperity. It also aligns the governors around the idea that effects of climate change can affect current energy sources, and that moving to new energy sources “can provide more durable and resilient infrastructure and enable economic growth.”

Combined, the governors represent states with populations totaling 127 million or about 40 percent of the United States.

While Hawaii’s landmark legislation passed in 2015 commits the state to a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2045, the pact is less specific. It commits all 17 governors and states to more general principles of:

  • Diversification of energy generation and expansion of clean energy sources;
  • Modernization of energy infrastructure;
  • Encouraging clean transportation options;
  • Planning for energy transitions;
  • State-to-state cooperation in making transformational policy changes;
  • Helping to secure a stronger national energy future through state leadership.

Along with Ige, signing the pact were the governors of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

Read the group’s announcement below.

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