BATON ROUGE, La. – In conjunction with the 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), Governor John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation celebrating September 25-29, 2023, as Clean Energy Week in the state of Louisiana.
“Thank you, Governor John Bel Edwards, 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 Louisiana, 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 Louisiana and across the country.”
“Clean energy is a vital and growing part of Louisiana’s economy, and Louisiana is proud to join all our partners in and stakeholders throughout the state in recognizing and highlighting the importance of clean energy to Louisiana’s future,” said Governor John Bel Edwards in his proclamation. “Louisiana’s solar power sector is growing with utility-scale solar power generation in 2022 being five times larger than it was in 2020, and the clean energy sector providing more than 31,000 jobs in Louisiana in 2022.”
In the proclamation, Governor Edwards recognizes that over three percent of Louisiana’s net electricity generation in 2022 came from renewable sources, with biomass accounting for nearly three-fifths of this renewable power and hydropower accounting for nearly three-tenths. The state’s Sidney A. Murray, Jr. Hydroelectric Station was the world’s largest prefabricated power plant at its creation with a capacity of 192 megawatts. In addition, Louisiana’s two liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals shipped about 63 percent of the U.S. total LNG exports. 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.