Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was elected as chairman of the Western Governors' Association on Tuesday and immediately launched an initiative for his year as chief to seek responsible energy development in the West.
"This initiative recognizes the critical role the West will play in achieving energy independence," Herbert said at a meeting of the group in Washington state. "We can develop our wealth of energy sources from traditional to renewable in responsible ways that will stimulate the economy and promote security, while protecting our natural treasures."
He said pillars of his initiative will include achieving a realistic understanding of challenges and opportunities; improving energy efficiency and use of alternative fuels; improving transmission of electricity and natural gas; and creating a greater role for states in energy policy.