Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Little notes the economic importance of the energy sector and says clean energy is “supplying more than 13,000 jobs to Idahoans.”
Idaho is now one of six states in the country to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020. This marks the third consecutive year NCEW has been recognized by gubernatorial proclamation in the Gem State.
Read the official text of the Idaho state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses across Idaho than ever before; and
WHEREAS, 81-percent of the power generated at utility-scale facilities in Idaho comes from renewable energy sources, the second highest share of renewable electricity after Vermont; and
WHEREAS, Idaho is a national leader in clean energy, with our rivers supplying half of our net electricity generation, the fourth-largest hydroelectricity share in the nation; and
WHEREAS, Idaho is rich in renewable energy sources, with its volcanic formations providing one of the best geothermal potential in the nation, and Idaho is one of eight states with geothermal power capacity; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Idaho in recent years, supplying more than 13,000 jobs to Idahoans; and
WHEREAS, research and innovation for cleaner technology use is necessary and is made possible in Idaho thanks to organizations such as the Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Clean Energy Association, as well as collaboration with local and state partners; and
WHEREAS, as America celebrates National Clean Energy Week, I encourage individuals and organizations in Idaho to support commonsense solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century; and
WHEREAS, we must harness the power of Idaho entrepreneurs and small businesses, ensure government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and dominance in the global marketplace, and provide access to low-cost reliable energy here at home;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRAD LITTLE, Governor of the State of Idaho, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020 as
NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
in Idaho, and I encourage all municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest emitting, cost effective energy technologies available.
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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