As part of an effort to increase green energy use in the country, the White House has teamed up with governors from five states that border the Great Lakes and 10 federal agencies and departments to sign a new agreement that would increase the development of offshore wind energy.
The governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania signed the memorandum of understanding in agreement with the plan, which would produce wind energy from the Great Lakes, currently estimated to have the potential to produce more than 700 gigawatts of energy.
“President Obama is focused on leveraging American energy sources, including increased oil and gas production, the safe development of nuclear power, as well as renewable energy from sources like wind and solar, which is on track to double in the president’s first term,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “This agreement among federal agencies and Great Lakes states is a smart, practical way to encourage the development of homegrown energy that will create jobs, power homes, and help increase our nation’s energy security.”
The Obama administration is also currently calling for Congress to end $4 billion in subsidies to oil and gas companies in order for the country to invest more in clean energy instead.