September 23-27, 2021: Clean Energy Week

WHEREAS, across Michigan, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and,


WHEREAS, renewable energy produced approximately 11% of Michigan's net electricity generation, with 60% of that coming from wind power; and,


WHEREAS, clean energy is part of America's energy future and includes generation from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, as well as energy storage; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan is home to Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, one of the largest pumped storage hydroelectric power plants in the world; and,


WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Michigan in recent years, with over 113,000 people currently employed in the clean energy and energy efficiency sector, and Michigan leads the Midwest in the number of clean energy jobs and is fifth overall in the nation; and,


WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies, and these jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and,


WHEREAS, the State of Michigan's MI Healthy Climate Plan goal of statewide decarbonization by 2050 depends on the growth of clean energy; and,


WHEREAS, as our country celebrates National Clean Energy Week, I encourage individuals and organizations in Michigan to support solutions that address America's economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and encourage municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available; and,


WHEREAS, we must harness the power of Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses, ensure government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and dominance in the global marketplace, and assure low-cost reliable energy here at home;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 23-27, 2021, as Clean Energy Week in Michigan.