September 16, 2019 — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued a state proclamation recognizing September 23-27, 2019 as National Clean Energy Week in his home state.
In the proclamation, Gov. Evers notes that “the clean energy sector currently supports over 76,000 jobs in Wisconsin, and positions like solar installer and wind turbine technician lead the way as the two fastest-growing jobs in America.”
Wisconsin is now one of 15 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 Wisconsin state proclamation below.
STATE OF WISCONSIN
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
WHEREAS, Executive Order 38 established a goal of transitioning our great state to 100 percent energy consumption by 2050, to be achieved primarily through the utilization of solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and biogas sources, as well as by developing support from technologies such as energy storage; and
WHEREAS, The State of Wisconsin has committed to fulfilling the carbon reduction goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which extends beyond electricity sector carbon emissions to include all forms of carbon emissions from Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, the transportation sector consumers 23.6 percent of Wisconsin’s total energy use while petroleum costs Wisconsin taxpayers $8.4 billion per year when, instead, Wisconsin could utilize energy from clean electricity and clean fuels produced in Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, the price of solar and wind energy has dropped over 80 percent and nearly 70 percent over the past decade; respectively, and are now less expensive than coal-generated electricity, which costs taxpayers nearly $900 million per year; and
WHEREAS, the clean energy sector currently supports over 76,000 jobs in Wisconsin, and positions like Solar Installer and Wind Turbine Technician lead the way as the two fastest-growing jobs in America; and
WHEREAS, due to their on-site nature, many clean energy jobs are inherently local, cannot be outsourced, and are critical to the growth of local economies; and
WHEREAS, National Clean Energy Week encourages increased organizational and individual support of innovative solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs, and presents an opportunity for municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim September 23-27, 2019, as
NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK
throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed. Done at the Capitol in the City of Madison this 9th day of September 2019.
By the Governor:
Douglas La Follette
Secretary of State