HARTFORD, Conn. – In conjunction with the 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), Governor Ned Lamont issued a proclamation celebrating September 25-29, 2023, as Clean Energy Week in the state of Connecticut.
“Thank you, Governor Ned Lamont, for joining us in celebrating National Clean Energy Week 2023,” said Heather Reams, chair of NCEW and president of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum. “Affordable, reliable, and clean energy has become an issue on the minds of Americans across the country, from Main Street to Wall Street. In Connecticut, clean energy is creating jobs, reducing emissions, and having a positive community impact. Clean Energy Week is an opportunity to celebrate the advancements made by industry leaders and advocates in Connecticut and across the country.”
“Reducing our carbon emissions is essential to the health of our planet, and Connecticut is committed to renewable energy that benefits our economy and environment,” said Governor Ned Lamont in his proclamation. “In 2021, 38 percent of Connecticut’s electricity net generation came from Millstone nuclear power station. The state had the seventh-highest share of electricity provided by nuclear power in the nation.”
In the proclamation, Governor Ned Lamont also recognizes that clean energy accounts for over 42,000 jobs in Connecticut and that 1,000 megawatts of solar power generating capacity have been installed in the state as of summer of 2022. In addition, the governor notes that biomass fueled about one-third of Connecticut’s renewable generation, while hydroelectric sources provided about one-seventh and solar power accounted for about half.
Last year, Governor Lamont joined nearly three quarters of the nation’s governors in issuing proclamations to recognize NCEW in their respective states. Learn more about the state proclamations here.
NCEW was founded in 2017 as a bipartisan forum to recognize the numerous advantages clean energy production provides to local communities, from economic growth and job creation to lower emissions and a healthier environment. The week contains engaging educational programming such as the Policymakers Symposium—three days of programming—convening elected officials, business leaders, advocates, policymakers, investors, and trade associations from all perspectives who are dedicated to advancing clean energy. Journalists can register for the NCEW Policymakers Symposium HERE.
For more information about NCEW, including sponsorship opportunities, remote and in-person events, and registration for the Policymakers Symposium, visit the NCEW website at www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org.