Renewables to Get a Boost From 17 U.S. Governors in Joint Plan

  • Accord including four Republicans announced on Tuesday
  • The deal doesn't include specific agreements to cut emissions

Clean energy is going to be jointly promoted by 17 U.S. governors who say renewables have become key economic drivers for their states.

The governors, including four Republicans, have agreedto work together to better incorporate wind and solar into the electric grid, lobby the federal government for research and development money and undertake other joint efforts, California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, said in a conference call Tuesday. Other states that signed the agreement include Nevada, New York and Massachusetts.

The deal doesn’t require states to cut emissions, nor is it an attempt to replace President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was suspended last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. Rather, the governors said it was an initiative to promote clean energy as the industry has become a increasingly important source of jobs.

“This is a robust driver of economic growth, not a break on economic growth,” said Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat.

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