September 12— Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation recognizing September 24-28, 2018 as National Clean Energy Week (NCEW).The Commonwealth of Virginia formally encourages “individuals and organizations in Virginia [to] support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available.”
Certificate of Recognition
National Clean Energy Week
WHEREAS, across Virginia, clean and renewable energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and
WHEREAS, in 2017 there were 381.3 megawatts of solar installed in the Commonwealth, and today, Virginia has more than 631.3 megawatts installed; and
WHEREAS, clean energy is part of Virginia’s energy future, which includes generation from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal sources; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s energy future also includes energy efficiency and energy storage technologies; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Virginia in recent years; and
WHEREAS, more individuals were employed in the solar industry in Virginia than in the coal industry, and the energy efficiency industry now supports over 75,000 jobs in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and
WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies; and
WHEREAS, from 2013 to 201, revenue from the energy efficiency sector has increased five times from $300 million to $1.5 billion; and
WHEREAS, individuals and organizations in Virginia should support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s entrepreneurs and small businesses must come together with government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and ensure low-cost reliable energy at home; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 24-28, 2018, as NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.
Ralph S. Northam
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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.