"Oregon hangs on to No. 2 for clean energy leadership"
Clean Edge Inc. released its third annual clean energy leadership index. Oregon retained its No. 2 spot
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Clean Edge Inc. released its third annual Clean Energy Leadership Index Wednesday, showing Oregon again in second place behind California.
The index tracks more than 70 industry indicators divided into three basic categories — technology, policy and capital, including its financial, intellectual and human forms — to determine which states are best positioned to lead when it comes to clean energy industries.
While the top five states — California, followed by Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington and Colorado — haven't changed in the three years that Portland-based Clean Edge has been producing the index report, individual state are morphing and overall trends are notable.
Oregon's score was 79.9, up just a tad from last year's score of 79.4. Meanwhile California dipped slightly from 95.3 in 2011 to this year's score of 91.1. And No. 3 Massachusetts is nipping at Oregon's heels with a score of 76.1, up from 61.8 two years ago.
The report's authors attribute Oregon's sustained success to "unwavering consumer-driven demand" for clean energy options and cleantech-related products and services.