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Clean Edge, Inc. is a developer and publisher of thematic stock indexes tracking clean energy, transportation, water, and the grid. The firm’s first index, the Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy Index (CELS) (tracking U.S.-listed clean-energy companies), was launched with Nasdaq in 2006. Financial products tracking the firm’s indexes and universes exceed $1 billion in assets under management (as of August 2020). Founder Ron Pernick is the co-author of two books, including The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007), the first book to chronicle the growth and investment opportunity of the clean-tech market. To learn more about the company’s stock indexing, annual gridCONNEXT conference, public research, and more, contact 503-493-8681 or send us a message. You can also follow us on Twitter @CleanEdgeInc.

Below you can view key company milestones and learn more about our team and offerings.

Our Story: Key Milestones


Clean Edge and the GridWise Alliance announce the launch of gridCONNEXT 2020 as a virtual event (in the face of COVID-19) for December 8-10, 2020.


First Trust ETFs tracking Nasdaq Clean Edge indexes exceed more than $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) (as of August 2020).


First Trust ETFs tracking Nasdaq Clean Edge indexes exceed more than $800 million in assets under management (AUM).


Third-annual gridCONNEXT conference in Washington, D.C. convenes speakers including Angelina Galiteva (Vice Chair, California ISO), Bill Ritter Jr. (Former Governor, CO), Jeff Merkley (Senator, OR), and Richard Kauffman (Chair, NYSERDA).


Co-host second-annual gridCONNEXT conference in Washington, D.C., convening leaders
from government, industry, and utilities.


Clean Edge, in partnership with FFI and Alpha Vee Solutions, releases Energy
Transition Long-Short Strategy.


Partnership with GridWise Alliance to co-host gridCONNEXT, a new industry event focused
on bringing policy and business leaders together to build the next-generation grid.


Clean Edge, in partnership with Nasdaq, adds water (HHO) and wind energy (GWE) to its
family of clean-tech index offerings.


Production and release of the Corporate Clean Energy Procurement
on behalf of Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information
Technology Industry Council (ITI).


Partnership with Gridwise Alliance to help produce and release the Grid
Modernization Index


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.


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
, 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
2011 Clean Energy Trends


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.