DES MOINES, Iowa – In conjunction with the 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation celebrating September 25-29, 2023, as Clean Energy Week in the state of Iowa.
“Thank you, Governor Kim Reynolds, 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 Iowa, 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 Iowa and across the country.”
“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 nearly 35,000 Iowans currently employed in the clean energy sector,” said Governor Kim Reynolds in her proclamation. “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.”
In the proclamation, Governor Reynolds recognizes that Iowa is the second largest producer of wind power in the nation and that wind turbines generate 62 percent of Iowa’s energy. The governor also notes Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel production accounts for one-fourth of America’s ethanol fuel production capacity and one-fifth of biodiesel manufacturing capacity.
Last year, Governor Reynolds 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.