Clean Edge's Third Annual State Clean Energy Index Provides
Critical Benchmarking and Analysis of Dynamic U.S. Clean-Tech
Portland, Oregon - May 30, 2012 - Clean Edge's
third annual State Clean Energy Index, released today,
provides the industry's most comprehensive and objective
analysis of how all 50 states, and the individuals,
businesses, and organizations that operate there, compare
across the clean-energy spectrum.
According to Clean Edge's assessment and ranking of more
than 70 different indicators in technology, policy, and
capital, the top 10 states in the nation this year are
California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New
York, Illinois, New Mexico, Vermont, and Minnesota.
Key market indicators tracked by Clean Edge via its State Clean
Energy Index subscription service include total electricity
produced by clean-energy sources, hybrid and electric vehicles
on the road, clean-energy venture and patent activity, and
policy regulations and incentives.
The 2012 State Index paints an important and insightful
picture of the U.S. clean-energy landscape.
"Against the backdrop of partisan attacks and general inaction
within Congress, the state-level scene shows a diversity that
crosses political boundaries and regions," says Clean Edge
managing director Ron Pernick. "The next decade will determine
which nations, states, and cities lead in clean tech, and our State
Index provides critical insights on the dramatic shifts and
best practices that are leading the way within the U.S."
Highlights from this year's research
Six states, twice as many as last
year, now generate more than 10 percent of their utility-scale
electricity from wind, solar, and/or geothermal.
The number of
registered hybrid cars in the U.S. grew to nearly 2 million
while all-electric vehicles neared the 50,000 registeredvehicle
The 29 states with renewable
portfolio standards, along with Washington, D.C., account for
nearly two-thirds of the nation's total generating
California's clean-energy venture
capital dollars in 2011 exceeded the total of all the other 49
Clean-energy patents granted to
U.S. entities in 2011 exceeded the 1,000 mark for the first
time, with more than half of them distributed across just
Editor's Note: These findings are
consistent with the research on the West Coast Clean Economy
undertaken by GLOBE Advisors and the Centre for Climate Strategies
published on behalf of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, in March
2012. The four key jurisdictions surveyed (Washington, Oregon,
California and the Province of British Columbia) are poised to see
significant job growth in areas related to clean energy development
and deployment. Check here for more information on the West Coast
Clean Economy Report.
An executive summary of this year's State Index is
available for download at www.cleanedge.com/research/state-index.
The executive summary provides a glimpse at topline
findings from the State Clean Energy Index report,
the centerpiece of a larger advisory subscription service.
Along with access to the full State Index report - containing
detailed Index results, comprehensive data tables, and
individual state report cards - subscribers receive custom
presentations, clean-tech company database access,
and advisory hours.
Note: Clean Edge leverages public and private data to
generate each state's leadership scores. Private data partners
include Cleantech Group, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti
P.C., InnovateTech Ventures, and R.L. Polk & Co