WHEREAS, Alaskans all around the state rely on the availability of energy for heating, electricity, and transportation. Access to alternative energy is especially important for Alaska’s rural communities, where utility costs are typically high; and
WHEREAS, many of Alaska’s rural communities are located beyond power grids and roads so energy sources like diesel fuel must be delivered by barge or airplane; and
WHEREAS, the power of the wind can be harnessed for many things, including transportation and energy and in turn it can, and has, helped to decrease Alaska’s dependence on costly fuel; and
WHEREAS, the wind energy industry provides jobs, economic investment opportunities, and clean energy to many states across America; and
WHEREAS, currently, Alaska is home to 21 wind projects, generating enough energy to power more than 14,000 homes. The development of those projects has brought $137 million of capital investment to our state, and creating jobs and tax revenue for Alaskans; and
WHEREAS, alternative energy can provide opportunities for Alaskans.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim August 9 – 15, 2020 as:
American Wind Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to educate themselves on the benefits that wind energy can provide, from renewable energy to jobs to investment opportunities.