Premier Darrell Dexter will promote the province’s renewable energy sector and strengthen ties with United States governors at two conferences in Massachusetts this week. Premier Dexter will attend the National Governors Association meeting in Boston from July 9-11 where he will meet with governors and attend presentations on topics including energy efficiency, healthcare, and economic recovery. “I am particularly interested in hearing from Ms. Cathy Zoi who is considered President Obama’s guru on energy efficiency,” said Premier Dexter. “The best way to save money on energy is to use less and I am hoping to hear about some innovative, cost-effective ways that Nova Scotians can reduce energy consumption to make life more affordable.” From July 11-13, Premier Dexter will co-chair the 34th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in Lenox, Mass. The conference will focus on expanding economic opportunities and creating green jobs through renewable energy, climate change action, energy efficiency, new energy technologies and transportation initiatives. Premier Dexter will promote Nova Scotia’s green technology sector, explore sustainable energy opportunities, and showcase the province’s commitment to reducing and mitigating climate change. Premiers and governors will also hear from Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer and U.S. Consul General to Atlantic Canada, Anton Smith about the Canada-U.S. relationship. “At the NEG-ECP conference, I will do all I can to aggressively explore new energy opportunities with our United States neighbors which will lead to more jobs for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. Premier Dexter and the province’s business development agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) are conducting high-level business meetings during the trip. “It’s about opening new doors between our mutual business interests, and continuing an already successful partnership of growth for Nova Scotia and our New England neighbours.” Also participating in the conference is Emera Inc. CEO Chris Huskilson. Mr. Huskilson will discuss regional renewable energy development and the challenges and opportunities of our regional energy future. “The Northeast and Eastern Canada is a very important market for Emera,” said Mr. Huskilson. “We are very excited about the potential opportunities for renewable energy development for everyone, and we look forward to working with others in the region towards reaching renewable energy goals.” Premier Dexter also noted the importance of co-chairing this year’s conference as Nova Scotia prepares to host the 35th annual event next July. “I look forward to taking every opportunity I can while in Boston and Lenox to get my colleagues excited about coming to Nova Scotia next summer to see first hand the innovative and world-class projects that are being developed here in renewable electricity generation,” said Premier Dexter.