North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Cooper notes the economic importance of clean energy and says “more than 300,000 North Carolina workers are employed in clean energy industries.”
North Carolina is now one of 19 states, and Washington, D.C., to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.
Read the official text of the North Carolina state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80 encourages the use of clean energy resources, including energy efficiency, solar, wind, energy storage, hydropower, and other technologies, to facilitate a modern and resilient electric grid; and
WHEREAS, clean energy lowers the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, which is essential to combat climate change and mitigate its current and future impacts on our communities and economy; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan, developed as directed by E.O. 80 with stakeholder input, includes specific recommendations to advance clean energy resources in our state; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is a global leader in the field of clean energy because of its higher education system, skilled workforce, technology industry, and research and development sectors; our state is second in the United States for both installed solar capacity and electricity generation, as well as energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and data analytics; and
WHEREAS, more than 300,00 North Carolina workers are employed in clean energy industries, according to a workforce assessment by the NC Department of Commerce; North Carolina leads the southeast United States in the creation of clean energy jobs, a sector of the economy that continues to grow and now accounts for over 50 percent of the state’s entire energy sector workforce; and
WHEREAS, clean energy benefits all 100 counties of North Carolina, employing almost 113,000 people creating jobs for scientists, engineers, pipefitters, roofers, mechanics, electricians, construction workers, and in the agricultural, banking, legal, and manufacturing industries; over 25 percent of our state’s clean energy workers are based in rural areas; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is driving both our state’s energy and economic future by lowering the cost of energy at home and in the workplace; and
WHEREAS, clean energy improves public health by reducing air pollution and other environmental impacts that result from fossil fuel use and often disproportionately impact overburdened communities and communities of color; and
WHEREAS, all North Carolinians have a right to clean air, clean water, clean soil, and a stable climate, and they deserve an opportunity to participate fully and meaningfully in decisions that affect their living environment; and
WHEREAS, Clean Energy Week is an opportunity to highlight the creativity and innovation of North Carolinians in creating a clean energy economy, and champion the jobs being created in our state;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020, as “CLEAN ENERGY WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
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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