As the fourth-annual National Clean Energy Week continues, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today declared this week, Sept. 21-25, 2020, as Clean Energy Week in Tennessee.
In the proclamation, Gov. Lee notes the role clean energy plays in America’s energy future and highlights its economic importance, saying “Tennessee’s clean energy sector employs over 79,000 workers.”
Home to the nation’s first new nuclear power reactor to begin service in the 21st century, news of the proclamation arrives just days after members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation helped introduce two bicameral, bipartisan resolutions recognizing the annual event and clean energy’s role in the American economy. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) joined more than a dozen Senators — Democratic, Republican and Independent — to introduce S.Res.705, which was passed the Senate chamber last week. In the U.S. House, Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) joined 71 members of Congress in introducing a House resolution. Additionally, earlier this week former Governor Phil Bredesen took part in the Policy Makers Symposium, discussing solar development and clean energy infrastructure.
Read the official text of the Tennessee state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, Tennessee believes in clean, affordable, and readily abundant forms of energy for all; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is a crucial piece of America’s energy future; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee’s clean energy sector employs over 79,000 workers; and
WHEREAS, The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 generating plant, which began commercial operations in October 2016, is the nation’s first new nuclear power reactor to enter service in the 21st century; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee’s two nuclear power plants provided 44% of in-state electricity in 2019; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee is home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a national leader in research and development in energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Lee, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020 as
CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
in Tennessee and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.
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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