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Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, D-Mich., joined Denmark's Minister of Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU), initiating a partnership between the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy and the state of Michigan to explore development and share experiences in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and job creation.

"This agreement with Denmark will strengthen our ability to collaborate with a country that moved to the forefront of renewable energy technologies and put people to work in the process," said Granholm. "In Michigan, we understand that growing our renewable energy industry and building a low-carbon economy can be a source of increased innovation that results in thousands of jobs for our citizens."

The MOU establishes working groups between Michigan and Denmark to focus on exploring development in alternative energy and job creation. A group from Michigan will travel to Denmark this year, sponsored by the Embassy of Denmark, to study Danish energy technologies and policy.

Granholm and Hedegaard signed the MOU at the Switching Gears: The Future of Low Carbon Manufacturing in the Midwest summit, which was sponsored by the Climate Group and the Royal Danish Embassy.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm


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