Massachusetts No. 2 in the nation for clean energy technology, report says
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Massachusetts is ranked No. 2 in the nation in clean energy technology, according to the 2013 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.
The Bay State overthrew Oregon for second place. The No. 1 ranking went to California.
Authored by Clean Edge Inc., a research firm specializing in renewable energy, the report says Massachusetts made it to the top of the ranking because of its, “Commitment to energy efficiency, strong industry policy, and continued leadership in early-stage technology development and capital attraction ... [It’s] one of only a few states to consistently compete with California for the U.S. clean-tech crown.”
“Massachusetts has become a premier destination for clean energy innovation and investment because we are shaping that future rather than just waiting for it to happen,” said Gov. Deval Patrick in a statement. “There is more to do, and now is no time to let up. In order to be winners in the 21st century, we must increase the pace of innovation and deepen our commitment to being good stewards of both our environment and our economy.”
The report also ranked the 50 states by their use and development of technology, green policies and investment in renewable energies. Massachusetts is the best in the nation in investment and policy according to the report. The state invested $504.7 million in renewable energy technology last year and policy was judged on measures such as transportation policies, building codes and climate change targets.
But the state ranked 14th overall in application of energy-friendly technologies.
Massachusetts is home to 5,000 clean energy companies that employ nearly 72,000 workers. Clean energy jobs in Massachusetts rose by 11.2 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the governor’s office.
“This top ranking recognizes the breadth and depth of the energy policy foundation we’ve built in the Commonwealth to support a cleaner energy future,” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “We aim to lead the nation while we meet our energy savings, economy boosting, and environmental protection goals.”