Clean Edge, Inc., founded in 2000, offers a suite of indexes, benchmarking reports, advisory services, and events devoted to the clean-energy economy. With offices in Portland, Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area, Clean Edge provides industry tracking, analysis, and guidance to corporates, governments, investors, economic development agencies, and NGOs working to transition to a clean-energy, low-carbon future.

As a trusted resource and industry expert, Clean Edge leaders and content are regularly cited and featured in print, broadcast, and online media. Clean Edge managing director Ron Pernick and senior editor Clint Wilder are coauthors of two business books, The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007) and Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012). To learn more about Clean Edge’s indexing and advisory offerings and potential partnership opportunities contact us at 503-493-8681 or send us a message. You can also follow us on Twitter @CleanEdgeInc or LinkedIn.

Below you can view key company milestones covering Clean Edge's early days and its continued tracking of the clean-energy economy. 

Our Story: Key Milestones


Publication of Getting to 100, covering the rise in commitments among governments and corporates to reach 100% renewable electricity in their operations. Report highlights the actions and goals of current leaders, and presents a toolkit for others considering similar targets.


Forge partnership with Gridwise Alliance to help produce and release the Grid Modernization Index (released in early 2016).


Release of Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Deployment, the first report tracking U.S. utilities and their clean-energy activities, co-produced with Ceres.


Launch annual U.S. Homeowners on Clean Energy: A National Survey, looking at American attitudes toward clean energy and the broader energy marketplace with SolarCity.


With partner SolarCity, co-produce the first Inside Energy conference, the annual event at NASDAQ MarketSite in New York featuring Elon Musk, Lyndon Rive, and other clean-tech leaders.


Working with World Resources Institute, Clean Edge helps convene meetings between major corporate energy users and utilities around renewables deployment.


Launch of Clean Tech Nation webinar series, focused on convening stakeholders around the industry’s most important topics.


Clean Edge begins tracking the 50 largest metro regions as part of its U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.


Pernick and Wilder release their second book, Clean Tech Nation, with a cover blurb by former President Bill Clinton.


Clean Edge celebrates a decade tracking the sector with the release of its annual 2001 Clean Energy Trends report.


Launch of the first U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, tracking the clean-tech activities and performance of all 50 states.


Clean Edge releases Carbon Free Prosperity 2025, highlighting how Oregon and Washington can lead the nation in clean-tech progress. The report highlights five clean-tech opportunities for the region and a 10-point action plan.


Co-founder/managing director Ron Pernick and senior editor Clint Wilder release the first book on the business case for clean tech, The Clean Tech Revolution. The book, published by HarperCollins, is translated into seven languages.


Clean Edge and NASDAQ launch CELS, their first stock index tracking U.S.-listed clean-energy companies. First Trust licenses index for ETF.


Launch of the Clean Tech Investor Summit, the high-level investment conference in Palm Springs which Clean Edge co-produced for eight years.


Clean Edge develops 10-point action plan for the city of San Francisco focused on clean energy and transportation. Published first assessment, Harnessing San Francisco's Clean-Tech Future, in October 2004 and issues status update in November 2005.


Clean Edge releases the Solar Opportunity Assessment Report, highlighting the opportunity for solar PV in the U.S., including one of the earliest published accounts of the PPA model and distributed solar utility concept.


Co-produced (with Global Business Network) first event focused on the intersection of multinationals and clean-tech opportunities. Participants include around a dozen companies including Dow, DuPont, Hewlett Packard, Herman Miller, Procter & Gamble, and Texaco.


Launch of first report Clean Tech: Profits & Potential and Clean Edge website highlighting the business and economic case for clean tech and clean energy.


Incorporation of Clean Edge Inc., the first U.S. research and consulting firm focused on providing market insights on the clean-tech sector.


On plane ride back from U.N. environment event in Geneva Switzerland, Ron Pernick comes up with the name Clean Edge and drafts initial business plan and concept.