Sunday, November 18, 2007

Midwest Governors Agree to Boost Renewable Energy

Six Midwest governors joined together this week to boost their use of biofuels such as ethanol and to use more electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and biomass.

The bipartisan agreements were signed at the Midwestern Governors Association Energy Security and Climate Change Summit in Milwaukee.

The six governors, Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, as well as the premier of the Canadian province of Manitoba, signed the agreement agreeing a number of key points to reduce emissions and promote alternative energy.

The plan will put E85 ethanol gasoline in a third of gas stations by 2025 and lower electrical demand in the region by 2 percent by 2015 and 2 percent annually thereafter. It also requires all coal-burning power plants to capture and store dangerous carbon dioxide underground by 2020 and put . Another element of the accord is the proposed cap and trade system involving emissions credits that will be instituted by the region in the next twelve months

Three other states, Ohio, South Dakota, and Indiana, signed on as observers, meaning they will participate but not commit to the goals.

Source: Midwestern Governors Association

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