PREMIER CHAREST AND GOVERNOR DOUGLAS TO MEET IN OCTOBER TO DISCUSS INITIATIVES FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH



    BAR HARBOR, ME, Sept. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - At a meeting of the New England
Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers today, Governor Jim Douglas and Québec
Premier Jean Charest announced they would meet on Oct. 6th in the Northeast
Kingdom of Vermont.
    At that meeting, Premier Charest and Governor Douglas will discuss
initiatives to enhance the economic and environmental security of both Vermont
and Québec - including trade and environmental agreements, cooperation in
clean energy development such as second generation biofuels, the renewal of
existing power contracts between Vermont's largest utilities and Hydro-Québec
and the possibility of additional renewable energy agreements.
    "Vermont's relationship with Quebec extends far beyond energy and into
areas that support my work to grow our economy and create more and better
paying jobs," said Governor Douglas. "A stronger economic partnership with
Quebec, and renewable energy at a competitive price, will contribute
significantly to the expansion of our economy, help us create good-paying jobs
and further advance my work to make Vermont a world leader in the production
of renewable energy systems and other environmental products and services."
    The Premier indicated that his government's Energy Strategy adopted in
2006 clearly identifies, for the first time, exporting clean renewable energy
as a top priority. "Governor Douglas shares my commitment to a responsible and
renewable energy future," said Premier Charest. "We are fortunate that
Québec's energy potential is such that we can at the same time serve the needs
of Québec, attract wealth creating enterprises and enhance the economic
security of regional partners like Vermont by exporting clean, affordable and
renewable energy to them as well."
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For further information:

For further information: Jason Gibbs, Press Secretary, Office of the
Governor of Vermont, (802) 828-3333; Hugo D'Amours, Press Secretary, Office of
the Premier of Québec, (418) 643-5321

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