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2013 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index

Tracking Clean Tech Across State and Metro Regions

The U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index provides an unparalleled analysis of the clean-tech marketplace. No other publication and dataset offers such deep tracking and understanding of the most relevant technology, policy, and capital developments in the U.S. clean-tech industry. Download the new report and see the 2013 results of both the State Index and Metro Index.

Rich Index Datasets

In addition to the public summary report, economic development agencies, governments, NGOs, investors, corporations, and other key stakeholders use the Leadership Index subscription service for:

  • comparative benchmarking of clean-tech activities based on rankings of all 50 states and the top 50 metro regions
  • in-depth analysis of technology, policy, and financing trends in markets across the U.S.
  • complete data showing which clean-tech sectors are expanding and what markets are ripe for development
  • actionable insight on each U.S. region's relative strengths and weaknesses.

Key Indicators in the Leadership Index

  • Clean electricity generation and capacity (wind, solar, geothermal, etc.)
  • Hybrid, electric, and natural gas vehicles
  • Biofuel, EV, and natural gas fueling stations
  • Green building deployment
  • Smart meter installations
  • Energy efficiency expenditures  
  • GHG emissions
  • Venture capital activity
  • Clean-tech patents
  • Clean economy jobs
  • Licensable university clean-technologies 

State Index

Data in the State Index covers more than 70 indicators contained in the three major categories of Technology, Policy, and Capital. With four years of history running the State Index, and access to up to ten years of data for some indicators, Clean Edge can provide clients with trending analysis by sector and market.

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Metro Index

The Metro Index tracks and analyzes clean-tech activities of the 50 largest U.S. metro regions through nearly two dozen indicators within the categories of Green Buildings, Advanced Transportation, Clean Electricity & Carbon Management, and Clean Tech Investment, Innovation, & Workforce. No other research subscription service benchmarks so many clean-tech market activities down to the metro level. With two years of conducting the Metro Index, Clean Edge is able to share comparative analysis with clients.

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Subscription and Partnership Options for Clean Edge’s Leadership Index
Clean tech leaders use the detailed state and metro level data from the Leadership Index for a variety of mission-critical functions. Complete state and metro datasets, along with custom webinar and advisory hours, are available to subscribers through packages starting at $7,500. In addition to data access and advisory support, Leadership Index partners gain wide industry branding and recognition. 2014 Leadership Index partnerships are available.
Subscription and Partnership Options 

Custom Research and Advisory Services
Clean Edge is also available to conduct custom research to look more deeply into specific sectors, regions, companies, and trends. By leveraging the state and metro data and insights from the Leadership Index, we are able to provide custom research projects for individual clients and regional partnerships much more quickly and cost effectively. 

Lead Partners: 

The Energy Foundation

Wells Fargo

Supporting Partners:



Clean Energy Trends 2013



Leadership Index Data Partners.  

In addition to publicly available datasets from more than 20 sources and Clean Edge-derived indicators, Clean Edge leverages data from these data partners:

CLEANTECH GROUP helps clients find, connect with, and embed innovation. The company’s i3 platform allows subscribers to discover companies and explore cleantech trends strategically with proprietary real-time data. Cleantech Forums bring together thought leaders and innovators in the cleantech and sustainability ecosystem. Cleantech Group’s Advisory services leverage expertise in designing and executing corporate strategies for sustainable growth and innovation sourcing. For more info, please visit

THE INTERSTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL, INC. (IREC) is a non-profit organization accelerating the use of renewable energy since 1982. IREC’s programs expand consumer access to clean energy through more affordable connection to the utilitygrid and fair credit for renewable energy produced; generate information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; andelands national efforts to build a quality-trained clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for training programs and instructors. Learn more at

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. (HRFM) is a leading New York-based law firm devoted exclusively to Intellectual property law. The firm helps clients obtain and enforce intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, and copyrights, along with related litigation. For the State and Metro Indexes, Clean Edge leverages data from the firm’s Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. For information on HRFM services

INNOVATETECH VENTURES (INNOVATETECH) connects university inventions and the entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses interested in commercializing technologies through its publications and matching activities. For the State and Metro Indexes, Clean Edge is using InnovateTech’s Investor’s Guide to University Startups to track university startups and technologies. For information on InnovateTech services visit

R.L. POLK & CO. (POLK) is a globally recognized provider of automotive intelligence and marketing solutions to the automotive world and its related industries. For the State Index, Clean Edge is using R.L. Polk’s hybrid, electric, and compressed natural gas vehicle registration data. For information on Polk research visit

For more information, or for a private demonstration, please contact:

Ron Pernick
Managing Director

Bryce Yonker
Director, Business Development