Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., newly elected chairman of the Western Governors' Association (WGA), says that energy and climate change will continue to be top priorities for the association over the next year.
Schweitzer officially took over as chair today at the close of the WGA annual meeting in Park City, Utah. Gov. Butch Otter, R- Idaho, is the new vice chairman of WGA.
‘Western states are at the very center of our country's energy future, and Western governors will take the lead in building the bridge to a new energy economy,’ says Schweitzer.
WGA's closing plenary session focused on fostering international cooperation on energy and the environment. The governors adopted a policy resolution that called for several actions to foster development of clean energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Among the recommendations was the need for a substantial, long-term national investment of tens of billions of dollars annually to support research and deployment of clean energy technologies and infrastructure that would result in the following:
– increased energy from wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass resources;
– expansion and upgrade of the electricity transmission grid and storage capabilities;
– advanced vehicle and battery technologies and alternative transportation fuels; and
– next-generation energy efficiency technologies and practices.
SOURCE: Western Governors' Association