Governors Accord for a New Energy Future
This accord was signed in February 2016 by a group of 17 governors representing all regions of the country. Signatories are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The group is committed to promoting and deploying clean energy, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative-fuel vehicles.
Pacific Coast Collaborative
Established in 2008, the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) is a cooperative agreement among the leaders of Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington to leverage clean energy innovation and low-carbon development to reduce the effects of climate change on the regional economy. Participating jurisdictions coordinate, propose, and adopt policy aimed at generating investments in renewable energy, climate resilience, low-carbon transportation infrastructure, and environmental conservation. The PCC promotes coordination of state-level climate policies to achieve the broader goals reflected in PCC agreements.
The PCC has announced a series of joint efforts on infrastructure, energy and climate policy, transportation, and environmental protection. All these joint efforts allow the jurisdictions to coordinate planning and expand their purchasing power in the market for clean energy solutions.
Transportation and Climate Initiative
Transportation currently accounts for roughly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. To promote investment in solutions to reduce transportation emissions, 12 jurisdictions came together in 2010 to launch the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI). The TCI aims to expand safe and reliable transportation options, attract federal investment, lower transportation costs, improve overall air quality and public health, and mitigate the transportation sector’s impact on climate change. The TCI consists of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. In December 2019, TCI states released a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU). The states are now finalizing the MOU during 2020 with the goal of starting implementation in 2022.