There’s been a lot of punditry and press coverage of the Green New Deal proposed by key U.S. House Democrats. It has been equally praised, panned, and politicized, sparking much debate about aspirational vs. achievable goals in our nation’s transition to a decarbonized clean energy future. But there’s a key and critical point to be made: the nation is already on an inexorable path toward a robust, low-carbon, clean energy future and the world – for the most part – has the technologies needed to get there. Twenty years into the 21st century, we see five major trends that are driving this transformation in the U.S. and around the globe.
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.
Clean Edge indexes cover diverse sectors including renewables, storage, grid, and water:
- CELS: U.S.-listed clean-energy companies
- GWE: Global wind industry firms
- HHO: U.S.-listed potable water and wastewater market companies
- QGRD: Global smart grid and grid infrastructure firms
- Energy Transition Long-Short: Long clean energy and short fossil fuel reserve owners