Oregon still second in clean energy leadership
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Portland-based Clean Edge released its second Clean Energy Leadership Index.
The research and consulting firm Clean Edge released its updated Clean Energy Leadership Index for 2011 this week, leaving Oregon in the second-place spot behind California.
The index, introduced last year, culls data from multiple sources and compiles an index to evaluate each state's leadership in the clean-energy industry.
Key market indicators folded into the index include total electricity produced by clean-energy sources, number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the road and cleantech venture capital activity.
Oregon is one of four states that gets more than 60 percent of its electricity from clean sources — a tally that includes hydropower. Idaho leads that list with a whopping 84 percent of its electricity coming from clean sources.
Another surprised surfaced by the index: Oklahoma had more electric vehicles registered in 2010 than any other state. But, Portland-based Clean Edge points out that the number is misleading because two of the largest rental car agencies register their vehicles in Oklahoma.
With all the factors measured, Oregon came up with a score of 79.4, up from 68.6 last year. California still dominates, however, with a score of 95.3.
Massachusetts, New York and Colorado filled out the top five slots in the index.
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