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Ige Joins Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future

February 16, 2016, 10:15 AM HST
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Governor David Ige. State of Hawai'i Governor's Office photo.

Governor David Ige. State of Hawai’i Governor’s Office photo.

A joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices, and a modern electrical grid was revealed Tuesday in the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future by a bipartisan group of 17 governors, including Governor David Ige.

“Hawai‘i 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,” said Governor 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.”

Together, participating governors represented 127 million Americans. The accord provides the governors with a platform of collaboration, learning, and leverage partnerships in energy and policy making.

“American prosperity has always depended on embracing new ideas and technologies,” the the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future reads. “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.”

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Involvement in the accord means that the involved states will continue to diversify energy generation and expand energy sources, modernize energy infrastructure, and encourage clean transportation options.

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The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future is available online.

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