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Energy a focus as leaders meet in New Hampshire

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm •  Published: July 14, 2014

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states said Monday that delivering clean energy to this corner of the United States is one of the most important issues facing the region.

Energy and economic collaboration were the main topics at a two-day conference between the five premiers and six governors that wrapped up Monday at New Hampshire's Mount Washington Resort.

Eastern Canada is rich in hydropower while New England markets are eager to shore up supply and control some of the nation's highest energy costs. The six states have agreed to work together to increase supply and control costs.

In a conference call after the gathering, the leaders stressed that any energy solutions would focus on increased efficiency and protecting the interests of each state and province individually. They said they see the issue of energy as bedrock for fostering greater economic cooperation and growth in the provinces and states.

"Certainly we have a region of our country where we are facing increasingly expensive energy costs," said New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who hosted the conference. "We need to increase our energy efficiency efforts as well as create a more diverse, clean energy portfolio."

"The regulators also understand that what this is all really about is economic development and the capacity for our businesses to create jobs and for our people to flourish," she said.

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