Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday at Acterra Group in Marion declaring September 24-28, 2018, as Clean Energy Week in Iowa.
Across Iowa, clean energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before. Last year, Iowa ranked No. 1 in the nation for share of electricity provided by wind energy and No. 3 in installed wind capacity. This year, Iowa is on track to double its installed solar capacity over the past two years alone.
Clean energy is part of America’s energy future. It includes generation from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydro and geothermal, and also includes nuclear, natural gas and carbon capture technologies, as well as energy storage.
The clean energy sector is a growing part of Iowa’s economy. It has been a key driver of economic growth in the state in recent years and currently employs more than 20,000 Iowans. 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.
“As our state celebrates Clean Energy Week, I encourage individuals and organizations to support common sense solutions to address the economic and energy needs of the 21st century,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I also encourage individuals and municipalities to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available.”
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) named Gov. Reynolds a “Clean Energy Champion” last year for her commitment to balancing the United States’ economic, energy and environmental needs.