Looking Back at National Clean Energy Week
The inaugural National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) was nothing short of a success. Reflecting on the week has been a powerful opportunity to appreciate at the engagement we saw nationwide. Through the efforts of the American Conservation Coalition, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, and all the partners in this effort, NCEW brought clean energy to the forefront of the national conversation. From governor’s offices to college campuses, this coalition of support focused on conservative, free market approaches to the future of America’s energy portfolio. Here are some of the highlights from the week:
The ACC hosted 5 National Clean Energy Week events
These college campus events highlighted the impact clean energy is making at the local level. The ACC was proud to partner with campus chapters from Notre Dame, U Denver, U Minnesota, Cleveland State University, and the College of Charleston to highlight these important issues.
The event at the College of Charleston hosted Representative Mark Sanford, marking the first ACC event with an elected official as the evening's speaker.
The ACC released the #CleanEnergyNow College Republican Coalition
20 College Republican state chairs signed onto a letter calling for conservative free market policies focused on clean energy and the environment. In this initial effort of grasstops support, these 20 signatories took a bold first step at changing the narrative when it comes to conservatives and the environment.
College Republican National Committee Chair Chandler Thornton said in a statement that, “it's exciting to see College Republicans nationwide embracing a free-market approach to clean energy. Building support for these policies is a great opportunity for conservatives to take the lead on energy and environmental issues."
Echoing these sentiments, Honorary Clean Energy Coalition Co-Chair Paul Cuesta of New York said, “If we are truly the leaders of the free world, then America must become a global leader in the transition toward clean energy for our future.” This idea reigns true. As the next generation of conservative leaders, it is beyond encouraging to see College Republicans address this issue head on.”
ACC President Benji Backer and Catrina Rorke of R-Street co-authored an Op-Ed featured in RedAlert.
Calling attention to the work of elected officials to on campus efforts by the next generation of conservative leaders, Benji and Catrina used National Clean Energy Week as a lever to bring these ideas to the attention of leading conservative media outlet.
“This generation votes with our dollars and is ready to invest in transformational change, economy-wide. Were it not for the artificial limits imposed by outdated policies, the economic trends that millennials have established would transform the energy sector into one that is more reliable, affordable, accessible, and innovative. Let’s find the policy fixes that update and right-size the footprint of government, put all sources of energy on a level playing field, and maximize the power of individual consumers.”
7 governors proclaimed Clean Energy Week in their states
A bipartisan group of governors issued official proclamations for National Clean Energy week in their states. Included in this group were Gov. Matt Mead (R-WY), Butch Otter (R-ID), Brian Sandoval (R-NV), Chris Sununu (NH), Phil Scott (R-VT), Paul LePage (R-ME), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Roy Cooper (D-NC) and Gary Hebert (R-UT).
These governors endorsed the benefits of clean energy in their states, including job creation, relentless innovation, and a wider array of options of consumers.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Recognize 2017s Clean Energy Champions
Joining a collection of elected officials including Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Rep. Elise Stefanik, Sen. Jon McCain, and Gov. Charlie Baker, among many others, the 2017 class of “Clean Energy Champions” represented a diverse selection of up-and-coming leaders within the GOP. This year’s awardees included Rep. Mia Love (UT-04), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Gov. Brian Sandoval (NV) and Kim Reynolds (IA), and Sens. Thom Tillis (NC) and Susan Collins (ME).
The National Clean Energy Week Symposium featured both Sec. Perry and Sec. Zinke
It is not often that two sitting cabinet members appear at the same event together, but NCEW’s Clean Energy Symposium was one of those rare occasions. The two secretaries used the forum to call for conservative approaches to clean energy and conservation efforts. The forum was moderated by former NH senator Kelly Ayotte, who has recently joining Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions as their national spokeswoman.