CHARLESTON, W.V. – In conjunction with the 7th Annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), Governor Jim Justice issued a proclamation celebrating September 25-29, 2023, as Clean Energy Week in the state of West Virginia.
“Thank you, Governor Jim Justice, 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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia and across the country.”
“Clean energy, including generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydro sources as well as nuclear, natural gas, and energy storage, is part of our country’s energy future,” said Governor Jim Justice in his proclamation.
In the proclamation, Governor Justice recognizes that the clean energy sector provided over 9,700 jobs in 2020 and that nearly 2.5 percent of the electricity generated in the state in 2021 came from hydropower and wind energy. The governor also notes that West Virginia ranks fourth in the nation for total energy production, producing 5 percent of the total energy in the United States.
Last year, Governor Justice 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.