Energy Transition

ST. PAUL (AP) -- The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin will try to broaden support for a set of regional clean energy goals next month in Chicago.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle held a joint press conference Wednesday to announce they will co-host the "Energy Transition 2050" conference.

The conference for government, business and nonprofit organizations will happen February 11th and 12th.

The governors worked together last year on two Midwest energy pacts, including a plan to develop a regional cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. They also want to increase the use of renewable energy throughout the Midwest.

The duo say they will keep working together to implement the energy agreements after Doyle's term as chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association ends this spring.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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