Utah Governor Gary Herbert has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Herbert notes the economic importance of clean energy and says, “Utah’s diverse energy sector, including the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency, is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of Utah’s economic success.”
Utah is now one of 21 states, and Washington, D.C., to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.
Read the official text of the Utah state proclamation below.
WHEREAS, readily abundant forms of diverse energy are powering more homes and businesses across Utah than ever before;
WHEREAS, Utah’s efficient base-load resources, including fossil, geothermal, biomass and hydro, support the development of Utah’s rapidly growing intermittent solar and wind energy;
WHEREAS, Utah is committed to advancing affordable, reliable and clean energy through an ‘all of the above’ market-based approach to developing Utah’s high-quality renewable solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, and energy storage resources, as well as driving advanced technology and infrastructure to more cleanly and efficiently utilize its abundant fossil fuel and nuclear resources;
WHEREAS, Utah’s Office of Energy Development seeks to advance clean energy education, innovation and deployment through our Energy Action Plan through 2020;
WHEREAS, the effectiveness of Utah’s ‘all of the above’ market-based approach demonstrates significant environment improvements, including a fifteen percent carbon-emission reduction from its electricity generation portfolio during the past decade;
WHEREAS, Utah’s diverse energy sector, including the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency, is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of Utah’s economic success;
WHEREAS, Utah’s fossil-fuel energy sources generate affordable and reliable energy for Utah’s overall nation-leading economy and provide a backbone for integrating new energy sources resulting in a more diverse and clean energy system;
WHEREAS, the renewable energy sector has created thousands of new direct jobs throughout the past several years;
WHEREAS, significant potential for continued growth of renewable energy jobs exists in Utah, including in the crucial areas of energy storage and energy efficiency, and these jobs can contribute significantly to the growth and diversification of local economists;
WHEREAS, we support clean energy transportation, including workplace charging and multi-state fast charging infrastructure, and promote production of Tier 3 fuels in Utah’s Salt Lake City refineries;
WHEREAS, we encourage individuals and organizations in Utah to support commonsense solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs and also encourage municipalities and individuals to advance Utah’s goals of providing cleaner, more affordable energy through innovation, strategic infrastructure and technology investments; and,
WHEREAS, we must cultivate the power of Utah’s entrepreneurs and small businesses and ensure government collaboration to assure Utah’s and the U.S.’s continued energy leadership in the global marketplace and assure low-cost, reliable energy here at home;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary R. Herbert Governor of the great State of Utah, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020, as
NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK IN UTAH
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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