In her proclamation, Governor Noem recognized the growing importance of clean energy, noting that in 2021, 82 percent of utility-scale electricity generated in the state came from renewable sources with nearly 2,800 megawatts of wind energy capacity. Last year, Governor Noem joined more than half the nation’s governors in issuing proclamations to recognize NCEW in their respective states.
“We thank Governor Kristi Noem for joining us in celebrating National Clean Energy Week,” said Heather Reams, chair of NCEW and president of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES). “Across the country, the cost of living continues to rise. It is critical that we take a hard look at the solutions clean energy technologies provide to address America’s most pressing environmental, economic, and national security needs. The sixth annual NCEW and Policy Makers Symposium connects government officials from both sides of the aisle as well as top industry leaders, researchers, investors, and advocates to discuss how we can make the prospect of a clean energy future a reality, not only in South Dakota but throughout the country.”
“The State of South Dakota supports an all-inclusive energy portfolio because affordable energy is the backbone of a strong economy,” said Governor Noem in her 2022 proclamation. “Clean energy is part of America’s energy future and includes generation from renewable sources such as hydro, solar, wind and geothermal, but it also includes natural gas and carbon capture technologies as well as energy storage.”
NCEW began in 2017 as a bipartisan forum to bring together clean energy leaders and advocates across America. Through engaging programming such as the Policy Makers Symposium, the weeklong virtual event celebrates the critical role that clean energy plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously bolstering the nation’s economy and energy independence.
For more information about NCEW, including sponsorship opportunities, remote and in-person events, and registration for the Policy Makers Symposium, visit the NCEW website at https://nationalcleanenergyweek.org.
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. Follow NCEW on Twitter (@NCEWConf) and Facebook (NationalCleanEnergyWeek) for event updates. www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org.