August 22, 2019 — Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 23-27, 2019 as Clean Energy Week in Iowa.
In her proclamation, Gov. Reynolds encourages “individuals and organizations in Iowa to support commonsense solutions to address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century” and for municipalities and individuals “to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available.”
Iowa is now the third state in the country to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2019. Recently, both Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed proclamations supporting NCEW in their home states.
Read the official text of the Iowa state proclamation below.
State of Iowa
Executive Department Proclamation
Whereas, Iowa has long been a leader in clean and renewable energy, becoming the first state in the nation to establish a Renewable Portfolio Standard in 1983; and
Whereas, across Iowa, clean and readily abundant forms of energy power more homes and businesses than ever before. In 2018, Iowa ranked second in the nation for share of electricity provided by wind energy and second in the nation in installed wind capacity with nearly 4,900 turbines totaling a capacity of nearly 9,000 megawatts. In 2017 and 2018, Iowa installed over 20 MW of solar capacity per year, which more than doubled its total solar capacity from 2011-2016; and
Whereas, clean energy is part of America’s energy future. It includes generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal sources, but it also includes nuclear, natural gas, and carbon capture technologies as well as energy storage; and
Whereas, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of growth in Iowa in recent years, with over 30,000 Iowans currently employed in the clean energy sector; and
Whereas, these jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance. Clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies; and
Whereas, as our country celebrates National Clean Energy Week, I encourage individuals and organizations in Iowa to support commonsense solutions to address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century. I also encourage municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available; and
Whereas, we must harness the power of Iowa entrepreneurs and small businesses and ensure government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and dominance in the global marketplace and assure low-cost reliable energy here at home:
Now, Therefore, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim September 23-27, 2019 as
CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
in the state of Iowa.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the great seal of the State of Iowa to be affixed. Done at Des Moines this 20th day of August, in the year of our lord two thousand nineteen.
Governor of Iowa
Paul Pate, Secretary of State