September 24, 2019 — Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 23-27, 2019 as Rhode Island Clean Energy Week in her home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Raimondo says that 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 74 percent and now totals nearly 16,000 jobs.”
Rhode Island is now one of 27 states plus Washington, D.C., to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2019.
Read the official text of the Rhode Island state proclamation below.
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
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 2019, Rhode Island’s clean energy portfolio totals nearly 800 MW, with hundreds of additional renewable energy projects in process; 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; and
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 to “Lead by Example” by reducing energy consumption by at least 10 percent; procuring 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources 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 74 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 the week of September 23-27, 2019 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 the great seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, this 30th day of August, 2019.
Gina M. Raimondo
Nellie M. Gorbea
Secretary of State