Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a proclamation recognizing the week of September 25-29, 2017 as National Clean Energy Week (NCEW). The State of Virginia formally supports “entrepreneurs and small businesses [coming] together with government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and ensure low-cost reliable energy at home.”
The Office of the Governor
WHEREAS, across Virginia, clean and renewable energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, there were only 17 megawatts of solar installed in the Commonwealth, and today, Virginia has more than 2,600 megawatts installed or under development; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is part of Virginia’s energy future, which includes generation from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal sources; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s energy future also includes energy efficiency and energy storage technologies; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Virginia in recent years; and
WHEREAS, jobs in the solar industry in Virginia grew by 65 percent last year, and the energy efficiency industry now employs over 75,000 Virginians; and
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies; and
WHEREAS, from 2014 to 2016, revenue from the energy efficiency industry has increased four-fold from $300 million to $1.2 billion; and
WHEREAS, individuals and organizations in Virginia should support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s entrepreneurs and small businesses must come together with government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and ensure low-cost reliable energy at home;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 25-29, 2017, as
NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,
and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
The list of national organizations who comprise NCEW’s Steering Committee include: Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the American Gas Association (AGA), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Biomass Power Association (BPA), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the National Hydropower Association (NHA), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
NCEW brings together industry associations, businesses, non-profits, and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy.
For more information about National Clean Energy Week, please visit: www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org