September 6, 2019 — Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 23-27, 2019 as National Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Herbert notes that “the effectiveness of Utah’s ‘all of the above’ market-based approach has been demonstrated with significant environmental improvements, including a 15% carbon-emission reduction from its electricity generation portfolio during the past decade.”
Utah is now one of 10 states in the country to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2019. In 2018, a total of 29 governors, both Republican and Democratic, issued state proclamations declaring September 24-28, 2018 as National Clean Energy Week.
Read the official text of the Utah state proclamation below.
Gary Richard Herbert
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 resources;
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 utilize more cleanly and efficiently its abundant fossil 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, which was released May 15, 2018;
WHEREAS, the effectiveness of Utah’s ‘all of the above’ market-based approach has been demonstrated with significant environmental 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-based 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, with over 6,000 jobs in Utah supported by the industry today;
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 growth and diversification of local economies;
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 with groundbreaking development already underway in 2018 and 2019;
THEREFORE, we encourage individuals and organizations in Utah to support commonsense solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs. We also encourage municipalities and individuals to advance Utah’s goals of providing cleaner, more affordable energy through innovation, strategic infrastructure and technology investments.
THEREFORE, 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 23-27, 2019, as
National Clean Energy Week in Utah
Gary R. Herbert