September 13— Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has issued a proclamation recognizing September 24-28, 2018as Clean Energy Week in Rhode Island. The Ocean State formally endorses clean energy solutions by “investing in cost-effective, carbon-free measures that reduce energy burdens, save consumers money, spur economic growth opportunities and provide other environmental and health benefits.” The week is recognized as part of National Clean Energy Week (NCEW). This is the 12th proclamation NCEW has received from governors thus far.
Rhode Island Clean Energy Week
WHEREAS, across Rhode Island, clean and affordable forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before, reducing carbon footprints and creating new jobs and investment opportunities; and
WHEREAS, Rhode Island is on the front-lines of global climate change, and is taking bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change impacts, while unlocking new economic opportunities and improving the environmental and public health of our citizens and communities; and
WHEREAS, in March 2017, I announced a goal to increase Rhode Island’s clean energy portfolio tenfold by the end of 2020 for a total of 1,000 megawatts (MW); and
WHEREAS, as of June 1028, Rhode Island’s clean energy portfolio totals nearly 300 MW, with an additional 800 MW of renewable energy selected or pending procurement; and
WHEREAS, Rhode Island is home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm and recently announced the procurement of a separate 400 MW offshore wind farm that will help establish a new industry in Southern New England;
WHEREAS, Rhode Island is a national energy efficiency leader and innovator, investing in cost-effective, carbon-free measures that reduce energy burdens, save consumers money, spur economic growth opportunities and provide other environmental and health benefits; and
WHEREAS, in Executive Order 15-17, I committed State government “Lead by Example” by reducing energy consumption by at least 10 percent; procuring 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy consumption by 2025; and establishing a voluntary building Stretch Code; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a significant part of the state’s economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in recent years. Since 2014, clean energy employment in the Ocean State has grown by an impressive 72 percent and now totals nearly 16,000 jobs; and
WHEREAS, these jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation and maintenance. Clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is a critical part of our economic, energy and environmental future;
NOW, THEREFORE I, Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, do hereby proclaim September 24-28, 2018 as: Rhode Island Clean Energy Week and encourage all citizens, businesses, organizations, and public-sector entities to support commonsense clean energy solutions that address America’s economic, energy and environmental needs in the 21st Century.
Given under my hand and great seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations this 11 day of September, 2018.
Gina M. Raimondo
Nellie M. Gorbea
Secretary of State
The list of national organizations who comprise NCEW’s Steering Committee include: Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the American Gas Association (AGA), the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Biomass Power Association (BPA), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the National Hydropower Association (NHA), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
NCEW brings 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.
For more information about National Clean Energy Week, please visit: www.