South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in her home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Noem notes the economic importance of the energy sector and says South Dakota “supports an all-inclusive energy portfolio because affordable energy is the backbone of a strong economy.”
South Dakota is one of the first states in the country to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.
Read the official text of the South Dakota state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, the State of South Dakota supports an all-inclusive energy portfolio because affordable energy is the backbone of a strong economy; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is part of America’s energy future and includes generation from renewable sources such as hydro, solar and geothermal, but it also includes natural gas and carbon capture technologies as well as energy storage; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota ranked sixth in the nation in ethanol production capacity in 2018, and accounted for seven percent of total U.S. fuel ethanol production; and
WHEREAS, in South Dakota, 70% of electricity generated in the state came from renewable sources, 46 percent hydroelectric power, and 24 percent from wind energy; and
WHEREAS, in South Dakota, wind power has contributed over $2.2 billion in capital investment for the construction and maintenance of wind projects now in operation, which supports over 2,000 good-paying jobs; and
WHEREAS, we must harness the power of South Dakota’s entrepreneurs and small businesses and promote government collaboration to ensure South Dakota and the United States continue to lead with energy in the global marketplace and provide low-cost, reliable energy here at home.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, KRISTI NOEM, Governor of the State of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020 as
NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
in South Dakota.
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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