Oregon ranks second for clean-energy leadership
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
A new index out Tuesday from Portland-based Clean Edge Inc. measures the assets essential for leadership in the cleantech industry and finds that Oregon ranks second among the 50 states for having what it takes.
Oregon ranks well behind No. 1 California, but squeaks out just ahead of Massachusetts.
The U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index, which will be tracked by Clean Edge on an ongoing basis, is calculated from data pulled from equally weighted categories including:
• Technology, which covers innovation and business activity in clean electricity, clean transportation and green building.
• Policy: which covers regulations, mandates and incentives — such as renewable energy goals and tax credits.
• Capital: which covers both financial capital and the intellectual capital of people working in related industries.
According to Clean Edge, known for its research reports tracking green jobs and cleantech industry metrics, quantitative indicators were adjusted for state size in order to level the competitive landscape between smaller states, such as Oregon, and larger states.
Even with the adjustment, California lead the country by the data equivalent of a mile with a score of 91.6 out of 100— compared to Oregon's 68.6 and Massachusetts' 67.6. Washington and Colorado rounded out the top five with scores of 61.8 and 59.9, respectively.
"In this newly launched service we track more than 4,000 public and private data points across all 50 states,” said Clean Edge cofounder and managing director Ron Pernick in a press release. "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 cleantech prowess or as the basis of fundamental and significant business decisions."
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