New England's governors have signed an agreement committing their six states to an energy initiative they say is designed to bring affordable, cleaner and more reliable power to homes and businesses across the northeast. According to the governors, this initiative will accelerate regional cooperation on expanding renewable energy and energy infrastructure in the region.
The governors' offices say they will work through the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), a nonprofit organization, and with the ISO-New England, operator of the region's electric grid network, to develop a regional strategy that ‘meets our common needs and goals.’
According to the governors, the agreement calls attention to the fact that the region's electric and natural gas systems have become"increasingly interdependent," creating a need for cooperative investments in energy efficiency, new and existing renewable generation, natural gas pipelines and electric transmission."
The agreement for the Regional Energy Infrastructure Initiative was signed by Govs. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut; Paul LePage of Maine; Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts; Margaret Wood Hassan of New Hampshire; Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island; and Peter Shumlin of Vermont.
‘This is an economically and environmentally important collaboration,’ says Gov. Patrick. ‘By expanding opportunities for large-scale hydro, wind and other renewable energy sources, we are putting thousands of our residents to work and creating a healthier region for the next generation.’