Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Polis notes the economic importance of clean energy and highlights that there are “nearly 60,000 clean energy jobs in Colorado.”
Colorado is now one of ten states in the country to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020. This marks the second time NCEW has been recognized by gubernatorial proclamation in the Centennial State.
Read the official text of the Colorado state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, across Colorado, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is part of America’s energy future and a key component of the Polis Administration’s long-term goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2040; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is now among the top 10 states for jobs in three sectors: 3rd in wind energy, 9th in bioenergy, and 6th in overall renewable energy; and
WHEREAS, Colorado’s electricity from renewable sources has more than doubled since 2010 to 25% of net generation in 2019; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Colorado in recent years, with nearly 60,000 clean energy jobs in Colorado; and
WHEREAS, renewable energy generation in the Eastern Plains of Colorado is a significant economic driver and jobs creator providing $9.4 billion in investment and construction activity, $23.1 million in local taxes, $15.2 million in annual lease payments to farmers and ranchers; and
WHEREAS, Colorado is home to National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the only federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies; and
WHEREAS, in 2019 the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill to create the Just Transition Office which is tasked with helping communities transition from non-renewables through workforce retraining programs and job placements;
THEREFORE, I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim the period of time between September 21-25, 2020, as
CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
in the State of Colorado.
National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), described by POLITICO as “a veritable who’s who of the Clean Energy World,” is an annual awareness week to recognize the value of clean energy including abundant job opportunities, economic growth, energy independence, consumer choice, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment. NCEW is supported by CRES Forum, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as NCEW’s fiscal agent.
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