ABQjournal: Richardson, Schwarzenegger Call for Alternative Energy
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Richardson, Schwarzenegger Call for Alternative Energy


   
   
The Associated Press
       SANTA FE   —   New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are calling for alternative energy development and energy efficiency.
    Promoting alternative energy and energy efficiency would help stabilize fluctuating energy prices, create lasting jobs, promote public health and protect the environment, the two governors said in a letter Tuesday to energy and government officials planning to attend a North American Energy Summit. It is sponsored by the Western Governors Association Wednesday through Friday in Albuquerque.
    "Western governors can make a huge contribution to meeting our nation's energy needs and protecting its energy security, while reducing the costs and instability created for consumers and business when energy prices and supplies are uncertain," they wrote.
    The summit plans a series of workshops Thursday, many of them running simultaneously, on topics ranging from using resources more efficiently and the future of natural gas to the price of petroleum products and providing a reliable and efficient Western energy grid.
    Among those expected to attend are the governors of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota; the heads of three Canadian provinces; the governor of one Mexican state; Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.; and energy officials from the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
    Richardson, who is chairman of the Western Governors Association, and Schwarzenegger are recommending the association develop a project to explore clean energy and energy efficiency opportunities and policies to make them happen in the West.
    They want policy proposals to present to the association by June 2006.
    They suggested a goal of increasing energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020 and developing at least 30,000 megawatts of clean energy in the West by 2015.
    "Clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are poised for broad success in the American West," they wrote. "Let us capture this moment."