Our recent National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) announcement
August 25, 2017

Our recent National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) announcement sparked widespread praise and recognition from energy reporters and industry associations across America. NCEW will drive discussion about how clean energy research and development can diversify the national electrical grid, grow the economy and strengthen our national security– all while protecting the quality and sustainability of our natural environment.

Here’s what news outlets and other industry leaders have to say about National Clean Energy Week in September….

Media Outlets:

Axios: “An unusually broad and diverse coalition of 10 clean-energy associations are organizing a lobbying and advertising push next month to highlight how the industry is creating jobs and providing reliable electricity, with less focus on the sector’s role combating climate change…The coalition launched a website and is dubbing the week of Sept. 25 National Clean Energy Week… The groups are organizing the usual suite of Capitol Hill activities, like lobbying, events with lawmakers and receptions, but also a mini demo fair…”

S&P Global Market Intelligence: “Citing the need to broaden political support for clean energy resources and raise awareness about their economic advantages ahead of looming congressional funding decisions, a coalition of 10 national trade groups and advocacy organizations today announced a weeklong lobbying and public relations offensive centered on Capitol Hill…The first confirmed speaker is U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., according to the group, who recently called on the Senate to extend production tax credits for the troubled Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Plant and the V.C. Summer nuclear expansion projects.”

Associations Now: “Next month, a variety of organizations focused on sustainable energy are going to make their voices heard in Washington, DC…10 major trade groups—covering technologies such as wind energy, biomass, hydropower, nuclear energy, and solar power—plan to hold a series of events in the District and beyond to advocate for the economic value of alternative energy sources…The bipartisan event, which organizers hope to make annual, will try to make the business case for renewables—and build support for them among legislators.”

Solar Industry Magazine and North American Windpower: “National Clean Energy Week will bring together industry associations, businesses, nonprofits and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C., and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger and influence the discussion around common-sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy.”

Solar Power World: “Leading clean energy organizations announced their participation in the first annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place from September 25-29, 2017. National Clean Energy Week will bring together industry associations, businesses, non-profits, and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy.”

Politico: “…Clean Energy Week expands! The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) has joined the steering committee of National Clean Energy Week, bringing the number of groups planning the events of the week of Sept. 25 to 11.”

Clean Energy Organizations:

“Across our nation, readily abundant and reliable forms of clean energy are spurring job growth and driving technological innovation. Considering where we were a few years ago, the recent market-led growth in these sectors is impressive by any measure,” said Charles Hernick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions Forum. “CRES Forum is excited to join with partners around the country in celebrating the first annual National Clean Energy Week. Together, we can advance support for common sense clean energy solutions that will provide Americans with secure and reliable energy for years to come.” (Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions Forum)

“The huge increase of renewable generation in electricity markets has made the American renewable energy industry one of the nation’s fastest growing economic sectors — and this new power generation is the largest source of private sector infrastructure investment in the U.S. over the past six years,” said Todd Foley, Senior Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs, American Council on Renewable Energy. “We can and should continue to do more to support policies that increase investment in cost-competitive renewable energy generation — to harness the nation’s abundant domestic energy resources, drive economic development, and help achieve environmental objectives.” (American Council on Renewable Energy)

“National Clean Energy Week is an opportunity to highlight how innovative technologies — from solar, wind, and demand response to combined heat and power, energy efficiency, energy storage, and everything in between — are providing reliable energy solutions for the American economy, all while driving down costs for consumers,” said Arvin Ganesan, VP of Federal Policy, Advanced Energy Economy. “It’s also driving business and jobs. Today, advanced energy is a $200 billion industry — as big as pharmaceutical manufacturing and approaching that of consumer electronics. With advanced energy supporting more than 3 million workers nationwide and a presence in every state, AEE is committed to removing barriers to innovation at the federal and state level to expand the deployment of advanced energy and bring secure, clean, reliable, affordable power to all Americans.” (Advanced Energy Economy)

“The wind industry is propelling American energy production, manufacturing, and job creation into the 21st Century,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “We’re proud to join in the effort to launch the first National Clean Energy Week this September by recognizing U.S. wind power leadership. American wind projects are among the world’s most productive, wind turbine technician is the country’s fastest growing job, and over 500 U.S. factories make up the wind supply chain.” (American Wind Energy Association)

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is pleased to be part of the 2017 National Clean Energy Week. As a broad-based energy trade group representing energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy companies and associations, our members have experienced the dramatic shifts in the US energy system firsthand,” said Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “These changes have demonstrated that the US can move to cleaner, more efficient technologies and resources while growing our economy, keeping energy prices low and supporting over 3 million US jobs. National Clean Energy Week will tell this story and highlight policies that can help build on the current momentum.” (Business Council for Sustainable Energy)

“Biomass is a baseload, renewable energy source that contributes to rural American economies,” said Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association. “Biomass power facilities provide an extra revenue stream for foresters, loggers and farmers, putting to use materials that would otherwise be landfilled, left on the forest floor, or openly burned. We look forward to National Clean Energy Week, where we will discuss policy solutions to ensure that biomass power continues to grow and reach its full potential in the United States.” (Biomass Power Association)

“All across the United States, businesses are building the backbone of a growing clean energy economy. These companies are providing more reliable power to apartment complexes and hospitals, helping manufacturers save money, and innovating new technologies that will one day run our cell phones and cars on far less energy,” said Lynn Abramson, Executive Director, Clean Energy Business Network. “During National Clean Energy Week, we look forward to demonstrating how clean energy businesses are creating jobs and making the U.S. more competitive in the global energy marketplace.” (Clean Energy Business Network)

“Working together to advance clean energy makes sense for America, that’s why we are eager to take part in National Clean Energy Week,” said Jon Wentzel, Vice President of Communications at the Nuclear Energy Institute. “As the nation’s largest source of emissions-free electricity, America’s nuclear energy sector works every day to produce clean, reliable power.” (Nuclear Energy Institute)

“NHA is pleased to be a part of National Clean Energy Week, as it is the ideal platform to showcase how hydropower is helping the nation lessen its carbon footprint, create jobs and integrate other renewables onto the grid,” said Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association. “Hydropower is standing on the cusp of a resurgence because policy makers, grid operators, and climate advocates are recognizing its importance to our clean energy future. In fact, increasing hydropower’s capacity by 50 gigawatts by 2050 would annually reduce GHGs by 5.6 billion metric tons and save $209 billion in avoided global damages from GHG emissions.” (National Hydropower Association)

“Solar energy is a job-creating, cost-cutting power source that is turning our antiquated electricity system on its head,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “The strides clean energy is making across our country is something we should celebrate every week. We’re thrilled to be part of this joint effort and look forward to continuing to provide Americans the electricity they both want and deserve.” (Solar Energy Industries Association)