Clean Edge, Inc., founded in 2000, serves corporate, utility, and financial clients working to transition to a clean-energy economy. The firm is a clean-tech stock indexing pioneer (with multiple stock indexes tracking clean energy, transportation, water, and the grid) and co-produces the annual gridCONNEXT conference (convening stakeholders building a modern 21st century grid). Founder Ron Pernick, who literally wrote the book on clean-tech business & innovation (The Clean Tech Revolution, HarperCollins, 2007), works on additional select projects to forward large-scale clean-tech adoption.


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Q3 2019: Index Review & Key Developments

by Ron Pernick

Welcome to our quarterly overview of stock index performance and key clean-tech developments.


Nasdaq-Clean Edge stock indexes cover U.S. and global clean energy, water, and grid infrastructure markets. On a total return basis year to date (YTD) through the end of September, QGRD (global grid infrastructure) was up 29.40%,  HHO (U.S. water) increased 28.90%, CELS (U.S. clean energy) was up 22.34, and GWE (global wind) was up 17.42%, compared to the S&P 500’s 20.55% increase and IXE’s (energy select sector index) 6.10% increase.

Quarter to date (QTD), QGRD was the top Nasdaq Clean Edge index performer, rising 2.99%, followed by HHO up 2.79%, CELS up 1.52%, and GWE down 1.15%. During the same time frame (Q3 2019), the S&P 500 increased 1.70% and IXE declined 6.12%.

Stock Indexes

Nasdaq-Clean Edge stock indexes cover U.S. and global clean energy, water, and grid infrastructure markets. At the end of June, 2019, First Trust ETFs tracking the indexes equaled nearly $600 million in AUM.

  • CELS: U.S. clean energy 
  • GWE: Global wind  
  • HHO: U.S. potable water and wastewater 
  • QGRD: Global smart grid and grid infrastructure 

2019 YTD (through the end of Sept.)

Clean Edge Stock Indexes