OLYMPIA, Wash. – In conjunction with the 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation celebrating September 25-29, 2023, as Clean Energy Week in the state of Washington.
“Thank you, Governor Jay Inslee, for joining us in celebrating National Clean Energy Week 2023,” said Heather Reams, chair of NCEW and president of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum. “Affordable, reliable, and clean energy has become an issue on the minds of Americans across the country, from Main Street to Wall Street. In Washington, clean energy is creating jobs, reducing emissions, and having a positive community impact. Clean Energy Week is an opportunity to celebrate the advancements made by industry leaders and advocates in Washington and across the country.”
“Washington state’s clean energy economy promotes energy independence, energy security, and energy resiliency for all Washington residents,” said Governor Jay Inslee in his proclamation. “Washington state’s energy future also includes significant investments in electrical grid modernization, energy storage technologies, solar installation, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle infrastructure, with an electric grid already among the cleanest and cheapest in the nation.”
In the proclamation, Governor Inslee recognizes that the clean energy sector employs over 81,000 workers and that Washington state is on a path to 100 percent clean electricity generation by 2045 through the Clean Energy Transformation Act. The governor also notes that Washington is the top U.S. producer of electricity from hydroelectric sources and accounts for roughly 31 percent of the nation’s annual utility-scale hydroelectricity generation.
Last year, Governor Inslee joined nearly three quarters of the nation’s governors in issuing proclamations to recognize NCEW in their respective states. Learn more about the state proclamations here.
NCEW was founded in 2017 as a bipartisan forum to recognize the numerous advantages clean energy production provides to local communities, from economic growth and job creation to lower emissions and a healthier environment. The week contains engaging educational programming such as the Policymakers Symposium—three days of programming—convening elected officials, business leaders, advocates, policymakers, investors, and trade associations from all perspectives who are dedicated to advancing clean energy. Journalists can register for the NCEW Policymakers Symposium HERE.
For more information about NCEW, including sponsorship opportunities, remote and in-person events, and registration for the Policymakers Symposium, visit the NCEW website at www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org.