This month, the governors of 17 states signed the Accord for a Clean Energy Future. In signing the pledge, the governors are committing to diversify energy generation and expand clean energy sources; modernize energy infrastructure; encourage clean transportation options; plan for this energy transition; work together to make these transformational policy changes; and help secure a stronger national energy future. The participating states include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. These 17 states are home to about 40% of the U.S. population.
Specific policy details have not yet been released, but advisors will be meeting soon to begin developing plans. Read the accord here. For commentary on this accord, read a recent article in City Lab, in which CESA Executive Director Warren Leon is quoted.