States vie to be top renewable energy exporters

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 @ 09:08 AM
posted by rene5432

At the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, governors from Nevada, Washington and California spoke about how to improve energy efficiency in product and supply and, according to the Las Vegas Sun, these leaders are all hoping to compete to be leaders in renewable energy exports.

One of the themes of the event, held Tuesday, August 30, was that each state wants to be a global epicenter for renewable energy, but that feat can't be done without the help of others.

"I don’t think we can sit in isolation and say we’re not going to allow ourselves to import renewable energy from other states," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, the Sun reports. "But I don’t want to disincentivize my state from stepping up to its potential to be one of the leaders in renewable energy itself."

California also wants to be a leading energy exporter, stated Governor Jerry Brown.

These announcements may be an issue for Nevada and Governor Brian Sandoval, as the state has often seen California and other nearby states as large potential export markets. If all states in the region aim to be top exporters, few markets will be left unserved.

According to KTNV, Vice President Joe Biden also attended the summit. He stressed innovation in the field of renewable energy to help break the country's dependence on foreign oil. 

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