in News Departments
print the content item

Against an uncertain federal landscape, the U.S. continues to lead the charge in driving clean energy innovation and advancing the clean energy economy, according to Clean Edge's U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index.

The index provides analysis and ranking of how all 50 states compare across the spectrum of clean energy technology, policy and capital.

Although West Coast 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.

California is No.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, according to Clean Edge.

In addition, the No. 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% of its in-state generation in 2009 from wind power. No other state exceeded 10% electricity from large-scale Clean energy sources.

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

SOURCE: Clean Edge


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Wind Energy Dominates New U.S. Power In October

Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows that wind power accounted for over two-thirds of the country's new electricity generating capacity in last month.


Are Fitch Ratings' Claims About Wind Farm Underperformance Unfounded?

A recent report from Fitch Ratings suggests that wind farms underperform due to an overestimation of wind resources, but AWS Truepower says the analysis misses the mark.


SunEdison Buying First Wind In $2.4 Billion Deal

Global solar company SunEdison and its yeildco have announced an agreement to buy the Boston-based developer, a major player in the U.S. wind industry.


U.S., China Reach Ambitious Climate Change Accord

The agreement between the global superpowers leans heavily on the deployment of renewable energy, such as wind and solar.


What The Midterm Elections Mean For The U.S. Wind Industry

Both chambers of Congress are now under Republican control for the first time since 2006. How will wind energy fare?

Renewable NRG_id1934
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015