Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in her home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Whitmer notes the economic importance of the energy sector and highlights Michigan’s leading numbers in the Midwest for clean energy jobs, “with over 125,000 people currently employed in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector.”
Michigan is one of the first states in the country to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.
Read the official text of the Michigan state proclamation below.
ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim
September 21 – September 25, 2020
CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
WHEREAS, across Michigan, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and,
WHEREAS, renewable energy produced more than 8% of Michigan’s net electricity generation, with 60% of that coming from wind power; and,
WHEREAS, clean energy is part of America’s energy future and includes generation from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, as well as energy storage; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan is home to Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, one of the largest pumped storage hydroelectric power plants in the world; and,
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Michigan in recent years, with over 125,000 people currently employed in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector, and Michigan leads the Midwest in the number of clean energy jobs and is fifth overall in the nation; and,
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies, and these jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of the construction, installation, and maintenance; and,
WHEREAS, as our country celebrates National Clean Energy Week, I encourage individuals and organizations in Michigan to support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century and also encourage municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available; and,
WHEREAS, we must harness the power of Michigan 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; and
NOW THEREFORE, I Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in Michigan.
National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), described by POLITICO as “a veritable who’s who of the Clean Energy World,” is an annual awareness week to recognize the value of clean energy including abundant job opportunities, economic growth, energy independence, consumer choice, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment. NCEW is supported by CRES Forum, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as NCEW’s fiscal agent.
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