LINCOLN – As the fourth-annual National Clean Energy Week continues, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts today declared this week, Sept. 21-25, 2020, as Clean Energy Week in Nebraska.
In the proclamation, Gov. Ricketts notes the economic importance of clean energy and that the industry employs over 19,000 workers “after job growth rate increases in clean fuels of 4.3 percent, grid and storage of 7.4 percent, and renewable energy generation of 2.7 percent.” Nebraska is now one of 28 states, and Washington, D.C., to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.
Home to clean energy sectors including wind, nuclear power, natural gas, and hydropower, news of the proclamation arrives one day after U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) joined 72 members of Congress in introducing a House resolution formally recognizing the event, and clean energy’s role in growing the American economy.
Read the official text of the Nebraska state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, Nebraska believes in clean, affordable, and readily abundant forms of energy for all; and
WHEREAS, Clean energy is a crucial piece of America’s energy future; and
WHEREAS, In 2019, 20 percent of the electricity generated in-state came from wind, 19 percent from nuclear power, three percent from natural gas and three percent from hydropower; and
WHEREAS, Wind is responsible for a significant portion of the state’s renewable electricity generation, with more than 1,000 wind turbines and more than 2,100 MW of installed utility-scale capacity, with hydropower contributing the remaining renewable energy; and
WHEREAS, Nebraska is the second largest manufacturer of biofuels in the country, second only to Iowa; and
WHEREAS, Nebraska’s clean energy sector now employs over 19,000 workers after job growth rate increases in clean fuels of 4.3 percent, grid and storage of 7.4 percent, and renewable energy generation of 2.7 percent.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the week of September 21-25, 2020 as
NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.
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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