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Clean Edge's first annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index ranks all 50 states across a spectrum of clean-energy metrics including, but not limited to, technology, policy, capital, total electricity produced, hybrid vehicles on the road, clean-energy ventures and patent activity. West and East Coast states dominated the top 10 list, with California, Oregon and Massachusetts capturing the top three spots. Even so, innovation and expansion opportunities in clean-energy technology can be found across the nation. For example, Michigan, a state which failed to make Clean Edge's top ten list, leads the nation in clean-energy patents.

Clean Edge cofounder and managing director Ron Pernick outlined the importance of analyzing numerous indicators to come up with a comprehensive clean-energy data spreadsheet, stating:
In this newly launched service we track more than 4,000 public and private data points across all 50 states. The industry needs to move beyond the days of using disaggregated and fragmented data to bolster subjective political claims about a state's or region's clean-tech prowess or as the basis of fundamental and significant business decisions. For the first time, Clean Edge is bringing timely clean-energy data and analysis under one roof, making this a critical tool for clean-tech decision makers within both the public and private sector.
Hop the jump to see how your state fared in Clean Edge's first annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index.

[Source: Clean Edge]



Clean Edge's U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index Provides Companies, Investors, Governments, and Others with Critical Insights on Clean-Energy Landscape

Portland, Oregon – December 7, 2010 - With the arrival of the newly elected 112th Congress, likelihood of any significant progress on a focused federal clean-energy strategy in the United States is doubtful – and that's not good news for the U.S. in its leadership battle with China, Japan, Germany, and other nations in this increasingly critical global industry. But against this uncertain federal landscape, U.S. states continue to lead the charge in driving clean-energy innovation and advancing the clean-energy economy. Clean Edge's first annualU.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index, announced today, provides the industry's most comprehensive and objective analysis and ranking of how all 50 states compare across the spectrum of clean-energy technology, policy, and capital. And while West and East Coast states dominate the top 10 rankings, innovation and investment opportunities are found across the map in places such as Colorado, Iowa, Texas, and Michigan.

According to Clean Edge's assessment and ranking of more than 80 different state-level indicators, the top three states in the nation are California, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Washington, Colorado, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Minnesota, and New Jersey round out the top 10. Indicators include such metrics as total electricity produced by clean-energy sources, hybrid vehicles on the road, and clean-energy venture and patent activity.

"In this newly launched service we track more than 4,000 public and private data points across all 50 states," says Clean Edge cofounder and managing director Ron Pernick. "The industry needs to move beyond the days of using disaggregated and fragmented data to bolster subjective political claims about a state's or region's clean-tech prowess or as the basis of fundamental and significant business decisions. For the first time, Clean Edge is bringing timely clean-energy data and analysis under one roof, making this a critical tool for clean-tech decision makers within both the public and private sector."

The Leadership Index paints an important and sometimes surprising picture of the U.S. clean-energy landscape with highlights such as:

California is #1 in overall clean-energy leadership by a wide margin, leveraging its history of technology innovation, rich bounty of natural renewable energy resources and investment capital, and consistently supportive government policies.

California leads in the technology and capital categories, but the #1 state for policy is Washington – just ahead of Massachusetts, which ranks first in regulations and mandates, and Illinois, the top state for incentives.

Iowa is the nation's leader in utility-scale clean electricity generation as a percentage of total electricity, receiving more than 14 percent of its in-state generation in 2009 from wind power. No other state exceeded 10 percent electricity from large-scale clean-energy sources.

California-based companies accounted for nearly 60 percent of all U.S. venture capital investments in clean energy in 2009, but Massachusetts led in VC investments per capita.

Michigan, with its recent focus on electric vehicle and automotive battery technologies, is the #1 state for clean-energy patents – a key indicator in the human & intellectual capital area of the Index's capital category.

Construction of the U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index

The structure of the U.S. Clean Energy Leadership consists of four distinct layers. The top layer, the Leadership Index itself, is a set of 50 state scores which evaluates each state based on involvement and leadership in clean energy. Results of the top layer are derived from performance in three equally weighted categories – technology, policy, and capital. Each of these categories is composed of two or three subcategories, which themselves include a set of individual indicators.

"In order to guarantee that smaller states aren't put at a disadvantage, all quantitative indicators are adjusted for state size using metrics such as state population, state GDP, and electricity generation capacity," says Clean Edge senior analyst Trevor Winnie. "By reporting in terms of per capita or percent of state GDP, smaller and less populous states are not penalized for having relatively smaller economies."

Deep Data + Analysis = Critical Intelligence

The U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index is a tool for regional comparative research, a source for aggregated industry data, and a jumping-off point for deep, data-driven analysis of the U.S. clean-energy market. In addition to the annual report that includes "report cards" for all 50 states, subscribers receive quarterly insight reports that focus on the most important technology, policy, and capital developments, and advisory services to help decision-makers sculpt their clean-energy strategies.

The subscription product is geared toward corporations, economic development agencies, investors, policy makers, technology innovators, foundations, and other key stakeholders actively involved in the clean-tech marketplace. Clean Edge leverages public and private data to generate each state's leadership scores. Private data partners include Cleantech Group, R.L. Polk & Co., and Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. Public data sources include the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), Energy Star, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Energy Information Administration, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

To learn more go to: http://www.cleanedge.com/leadership.

About Clean Edge:
Clean Edge, the world's first research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector, delivers comprehensive clean-tech insights to corporations, investors, governments, entrepreneurs, and other key stakeholders. The company integrates timely clean-tech data from dozens of sources with expert analysis to provide critical insights to its clients and subscribers. The firm's offerings include industry-leading sponsored reports, events, stock indices, jobs board, and the U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index and related consulting services. For more information, visit http://www.cleanedge.com

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one of the reasons California is bankrupt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn them for trying to keep the most populous state in the USA from turning into an industrial wasteland.

        Couldn't have anything to do with the housing market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        California wouldn't be in so much trouble if it got to keep the money it sends to the federal government which gets sent to the red-state welfare states that collect more in federal dollars than they pay in. Like Ms Palin's Alaska which is the biggest welfare state in the union.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am glad to see that the hard work we have been doing here in Oregon shows. I just passed the written part of my BPI certification. I will be performing home energy audits and giving each home a performance score. The score rates your home for energy loss potential. We then show you in order what to do for the biggest energy savings and a return on investment payback time. I have worked in the solar field, helped bring bio-diesel to Central Oregon, and now helping people save energy in their homes. I think of all my friends in energy related fields that work for companies like PV Powered, Sunlight Solar Energy, E2 Powered, Idatec Fuel Cell Research, Energy Trust of Oregon and Solar World... I could keep going.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lots of self congratulations to States that have made many symbolic, but comparatively little actual environmental progress.

      I nominate my adopted State of Arizona. It has the largest complex of clean Nuclear power plants in the world. In conjunction with the hydroelectric power it get from the damns on the Colorado from Lake Powell and Hoover Damn on Lake Mead, as well as the silver necklace damns on the Verde and Salt rivers, Arizona has the highest proportion of clean electric generation, from hydropower and nuclear power in the US.

      Some States talk a lot, but others quietly, actually do.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Um... you cant attribute green (hydro) electric generation created in other states to your state.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the measurements should be adjusted and New York should rank higher. We may not have as many hybrids on the road, but that is because most people in NYC use public transit or walk. Apartments may limit the amount of solar panels on roofs of our homes, but apartments are also far more energy efficient than detatched houses. It may not have the west coast pretension surrounding it, but with efficient living and transportation, limited sprawl (at least compared to the LA megasuburb), mandatory recycling, and initiatives like our cool roof efforts, NYC easily ranks as one of the most energy efficient cities in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "No other state exceeded 10 percent electricity from large-scale clean-energy sources."

      Apparently they think hydro is not a clean energy source. In Washington we get more than 50% by clean energy. Same with Oregan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I note there are no southern states are on the list. Is that because they are run by Republicans who back the fossil companies in exchange for their campaign funding? Or, could it be the people just don't understand the advantages of renewable energy, and solar power?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, we made the top ten. If they had chosen to measure differently, we probably would have been in the bottom ten.

      Just another dumb list.
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