Feb 16, 2016 4:37 PM

Hassan, 16 other governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan and governors from 16 other states are committing to work together to seek cleaner energy and transportation, and to build a better electrical grid.

The bipartisan group announced on Tuesday what it's calling the Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future.

The governors intend to work together on energy planning and policies. The accord says the goal is to expand participating states' economies while protecting citizens' health and the environment.

The other governors are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

The states include nearly 40 percent of the nation's population.

Senior advisers of the governors expect to meet soon to discuss the initial steps to meet the goals.

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