Delaware Governor John Carney has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Carney notes the economic importance of clean energy and says, “clean energy technologies and clean energy jobs will be critical to getting our economy back on track and ready for an emissions-free future.”
Read the official text of the Delaware state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, Delaware has embraced clean energy innovation through the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs; and
WHEREAS, clean energy technologies and clean energy jobs will be critical to getting our economy back on track and ready for an emissions-free future; and
WHEREAS, as the state with the lowest average elevation above sea level in the United States, Delaware is particularly vulnerable to the risks posed by climate change; and
WHEREAS, as a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, Delaware has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels; and
WHEREAS, Delaware is developing a detailed and comprehensive Climate Action Plan; and
Whereas, increasing the adoption of clean energy technologies is essential to effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
WHEREAS, Delaware is committed to promoting energy efficiency for homes, businesses and public institutions through the work of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility; and
WHEREAS, Delaware continues to implement its Renewable Portfolio Standards that require that 25% of electricity retail sales in the state be generated from renewable energy sources, with at least 3.5% from solar energy, by 2025; and
WHEREAS, as Governor, I have proposed that Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standards be increased to 40%, with 7% solar energy, by 2035; and
WHEREAS, Delaware is now home to 6,000 solar energy installations, ranging from residential rooftop to utility scale, totaling 129 megawatts of capacity; and
WHEREAS, nearly 500 Delawareans are productively employed in the work of designing, installing, and maintaining solar energy systems; and
WHEREAS, Delawareans increasingly favor the development of clean and affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency for all; and
WHEREAS, local governments, businesses and environmental advocates are joining to promote the many benefits of clean energy;
NOW, THEREFORE, We, John Carney, Governor, and Bethany Hall-Long, Lieutenant Governor, do hereby declare September 21st – 25th, 2020, as
CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
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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