The mission of the Kern Energy Festival is to cultivate an understanding of where energy comes from and celebrate the positive impact energy has on our local economy. All net proceeds go to educational charities to preserve learning for future generations.
The Kern Energy Festival was created to highlight the many positive aspects of Kern County’s energy industry. Strict regulations handed down from state government and rising costs have caused the disappearance of local jobs, creating more challenges for the energy sector. When industry leaders sat down together, they realized that the key to bringing back the strength of our community lay in spreading the word about the economic contribution of energy.
For example, did you know that more than three quarters of all the oil produced in California comes from Kern County? That we produce enough renewable energy to power seven million homes? What about the nearly 55,000 jobs in the energy industry in Kern County alone? We feel a duty to show our children the kinds of opportunities available to them, and to show our families what we owe to this wonderful and powerful industry that touches every part of our lives. Resources like oil, gas, wind, and solar power our cars, cool our homes, create our toys, cook our food, and light up our nights. Let’s celebrate our pride in Kern County and our contribution to America’s fight for energy independence.
The Kern Energy Festival is sponsored by the Kern Energy Foundation, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization in conjunction with the California Independent Petroleum Association. The Chairman of the Kern Energy Foundation is Chad Hathaway of Bakersfield, California.