New England governors and their eastern Canadian counterparts, who are eager to export a growing overabundance of hydroelectric and wind power, promised Monday to work together to increase the use of clean energy throughout the region.
During their 36th annual meeting, governors, eastern Canadian provincial leaders and their representatives talked about the need to share energy resources across state, provincial and international boundaries. They also talked about transportation and alternative transportation issues, such as electric vehicles.
Monday’s meeting at a hotel overlooking Lake Champlain lacked the drama of a series of protests on Sunday during which police in riot gear fired nonlethal projectiles at demonstrators blocking buses carrying conference participants.
As part of their discussion Monday, officials from the United States and Canada passed a resolution to work together to increase the flow of clean energy.
‘‘The fact of the matter is, it’s helpful to Vermont, it’s helpful to the Northeast states to have the Canadians competing for our business,’’ Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said during a break.
But Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy said his state is most interested in lowering energy costs.
‘‘If we are going to subsidize something with higher cost, we were going to subsidize it in our own state,’’ Malloy said.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest said his province is the fourth-largest producer of hydro-electricity in the world and the province is in the process of expanding its wind power production.
He lamented that many places in the United States don’t consider large-scale hydro-electric project to be a part of green energy portfolios.
‘‘The view of Canadians is that larger scale projects, including large-scale hydro, will be complementary to what you are doing,’’ Charest said.