Michigan joins bipartisan Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future Collaborative effort to help modernize infrastructure, decrease pollution, support energy economy

February 16, 2016

Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-284-8300
Agency: Michigan Agency for Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gov. Rick Snyder today joined with a bipartisan group of 17 governors in announcing 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.

“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,” Snyder said. “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.”

The Accord provides participating governors – a bipartisan coalition representing 127 million Americans – with a platform through which their states will collaborate, learn from one another, and leverage partnerships in energy planning and policymaking.

“Michigan stands to benefit from this partnership as it implements its own ‘no regrets’ energy future,” added Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. “This accord will help build on that in the years to come.”

“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 signatories to the Accord 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.

Senior advisors to participating governors will convene to discuss initial steps to pursue their 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.

For more information about MAE, please visit www.michigan.gov/energy.