TOPEKA, Kan. – In conjunction with the 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), Governor Laura Kelly issued a proclamation celebrating September 25-29, 2023, as Clean Energy Week in the state of Kansas.
“Thank you, Governor Laura Kelly, 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 Kansas, 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 Kansas and across the country.”
“The State of Kansas supports an all-inclusive energy portfolio because affordable energy is the backbone of a strong economy,” said Governor Laura Kelly in her proclamation. “Clean energy is part of America’s energy future, and it includes generation from renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar, and geothermal, but it also includes natural gas and carbon capture technologies as well as energy storage.”
In the proclamation, Governor Kelly recognizes that Kansas is the third largest wind power producer in the nation and home to over 26,400 good-paying clean energy jobs. The governor also notes that Kansas is one of the top 10 ethanol-producing states, and the state’s 12 ethanol plants have a combined capacity of more than 601 million gallons a year. In 2022, renewable resources accounted for 47% of the in-state electricity net generation, with 99% coming from wind power.
Last year, Governor Kelly 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.