Governor Doyle Announces Midwest Summit on Energy Independence

Midwest Governors to Gather in Milwaukee Next Month


MILWAUKEE – Governor Jim Doyle, chair of the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA), today announced Milwaukee will host the Midwestern Governors Association Energy Security and Climate Change Summit on November 14-15, 2007.  At the Summit, Governors from across the Midwest will pursue new regional initiatives to increase production and use of renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and ensure a reliable electrical grid.


“The United States should depend less on the Mideast and more on the Midwest for its energy needs,” Governor Doyle said.  “Wisconsin and the entire Midwest have the opportunity to lead the nation in the fight against global warming.  We look forward to welcoming Governors and delegates from across the Midwest to take the next steps to achieve energy independence.”


The Summit will be co-hosted by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, immediate past chair of the MGA and current chair of the National Governors Association.


“Our nation has enjoyed more than a hundred years of inexpensive energy, seemingly inexhaustible oil and a relatively forgiving environment,” Governor Pawlenty said. “But America can no longer rely on business-as-usual to meet its energy needs, and the nation’s governors are prepared to lead the way in crafting a sensible, sustainable clean energy future.”


Regional policy leaders from business, government, and non-profit arenas are invited to attend the Summit.  To register or for more information visit the MGA website at


The Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Summit was organized by the Midwestern Governors Association and funded by the Joyce Foundation.  Working groups of public and private stakeholders, staffed by the Great Plains Institute, developed the agreements for the Summit.


The purpose of the Midwestern Governors Association is to foster regional development, facilitate interstate cooperation, improve intergovernmental relationships, and to provide a medium for the exchange of views and experiences on subjects of general importance to the people of the Midwestern states.


NOTE: Reporters interested in attending the Summit should contact Rachel Allen in Governor Doyle’s Office at 608-267-3839.