September 24— The General Assembly of Pennsylvania has issued a resolution recognizing September 24-28, 2018 as Clean Energy Week in Pennsylvania. The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is committed to the advancement of clean energy solutions, “clean and renewable energy projects [are] more accessible than ever before to Pennsylvania farms, communities and local governments.” The week is recognized as part of National Clean Energy Week (NCEW).
The General Assembly of Pennsylvania
WHEREAS, across this Commonwealth, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is committed to clean and renewable energy that benefits our economy and environment; and
WHEREAS, Clean and renewable energy is part of America’s energy future and includes generation from multiple renewable resources; and
WHEREAS, The clean energy sector is a growing part of the Commonwealth’s economy, growing at a current rate of more than 2% annually, and has been a key river of economic growth in Pennsylvania in recent years, with the number of jobs in the clean and renewable energy sector in Pennsylvania now standing at 86, 285; and
WHEREAS, The production costs of clean and renewable energy are now the lowest in the United States history, averaging $45 per megawatt hour (MWh), and are steadily declining as clean and renewable technologies continue to improve; and
WHEREAS, These trends, emerging through a broad base of project developers and investors, especially the Pennsylvania banking sector, are making clean and renewable energy projects more accessible than ever before to Pennsylvania farms, communities and local governments; and
WHEREAS, With the recent passage of Act 30 of 2018, the Commonwealth’s bi-partisan Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) legislation, Pennsylvania’s county governments are now positioned to support low-interest financing for small businesses and others in the commercial sector who wish to invest in clean and renewable energy to create jobs and grow the economy of this Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Defense and its partners in the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have, through their efficiency and clean energy generation efforts at the Fort Indiantown Gap Warrior Training Grounds, set a new standard for National Guard and Reserve installations across the country and are continuing to promote national security through the domestic development of clean and renewable energy and consequent reductions on imported energy from regimes hostile to the United States; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do proclaim September 24-28, 2018 as “Pennsylvania Clean Energy Week”.
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.nationalcleanenergyweek.org.