The top 10 states in the nation in terms of clean energy leadership are California, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont, according to Clean Edge's second annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index.
Key market indicators tracked by Clean Edge 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.
‘While the industry faces many challenges, including strong national-level commitments in China and Germany against the backdrop of uncertain federal leadership here, the U.S. is still a relevant clean energy innovator, as exhibited by the state-level movements tracked in this year's leadership index,’ says Ron Pernick, managing director of Clean Edge.
Three states now generate more than 10% of their utility-scale electricity from wind, solar and/or geothermal. Iowa leads the nation with 15.4% of its electricity now generated from wind power, followed by North Dakota (11.99%) and California (10.06% from wind, solar and geothermal), according to Clean Edge.
In addition, top-ranked California's longtime commitment to clean energy has put the state far ahead of the pack in terms of technology deployment and capital creation. The state's burgeoning clean energy industry brings in more venture capital than all other states combined, according to Clean Edge.