On November 15, 2007, nine midwestern governors and the premier of Manitoba signed the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, a strategy to reduce GHG emissions in their jurisdictions through energy efficiency, renewable energy and other initiatives. The accord contemplates a Climate Registry to enable tracking, management and crediting for entities that reduce GHG emissions; a marketbased multisector cap-and-trade system to facilitate the trading of emissions credits; and other mechanisms to encourage further reductions. Within the next 12 months, the jurisdictions have committed to developing a cap-and-trade agreement and a model emissions trading regulation, which they plan to implement within 30 months. Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Manitoba have signed the accord. For more information, please see  www.midwesterngovernors.org/govenergynov.htm