A Future of Innovation and Growth: Advancing Massachusetts’ Clean-Energy Leadership

A Future of Innovation and Growth: Advancing Massachusetts’ Clean-Energy Leadership, was prepared by Clean Edge Inc. for MassCEC. The report compares Massachusetts with other leading clean-energy states by a variety of quantitative and qualitative measure.

Executive Summary

By a range of different measures, Massachusetts stands out as a clean-energy leader among states in the U.S. It has made the growth of clean energy a clear legislative and economic development priority in the state, with strong results to date in leading-edge policies, industry expansion, job creation, and increased investment and deployment.

This report, prepared by Clean Edge Inc. for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), compares and contrasts Massachusetts’ clean-energy leadership with other leading states by a variety of quantitative and qualitative measures. After an initial screening process to select the Top 15 clean-energy states in the U.S., Clean Edge created a Leadership Scorecard comparing these states in 56 categories that encompass regulatory incentives, financial incentives, knowledge capital, and economic/workforce development. While this is not a definitive, weighted ranking, it provides an important and valuable benchmarking on states’ performance. Massachusetts places second in this ranking, behind only California. Rounding out the Top 15 clean-energy states are OR, CO, NJ, CT, NY, MD, WA, AZ, IL, FL, PA and TX.