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This U.S. CLEAN TECH LEADERSHIP INDEX report contains findings from the 2013 editions of Clean Edge’s State and Metro Indexes, which track activity in the U.S. based on a diverse set of underlying industry indicators at state and metro levels. Indicator performances are grouped into separate categories (for index weighting purposes) and ultimately used to calculate regional leadership scores. The STATE INDEX offers scores for all 50 states, derived from nearly 70 state-based indicators. The METRO INDEX uses more than 20 metro-based indicators to calculate scores for the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. Organizational structures of both indexes are shown at the right, and more information can be found later in the report (State Index methodology on page 25; Metro Index methodology on page 46).

The objective of the Leadership Index is to serve as a tool for regional comparative research, a source for aggregated industry data, and a jumping-off point for deep, data-driven analysis of the U.S. clean-energy market. While this is the fourth edition of the State Index and the second annual Metro Index, this is the first year that topline index rankings and scores have been released as a public report.

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America’s Abundant, Untapped Energy Efficiency Resource

Since the 1970’s, energy efficiency has quietly been our nation’s most abundant energy source. Economy-wide improvements in energy efficiency largely contributed to a 40% reduction in U.S. energy use relative to what it would have been if pre-1973 trends continued. Economy-wide improvements in energy efficiency, along with structural changes in our economy, supplied about 70 quads of energy in 2008 alone, more than domestic coal, natural gas, and oil combined. The energy intensity of the U.S. economy–the amount of energy it takes to produce one dollar’s worth of goods–has decreased by 50% over the past three decades. The economic productivity improvements over this period reduced our national energy bill by about $700 billion.

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ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States Report

CICE energy expert partner ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States report provides an executive summary on the status of renewable energy implementation at the state-level. The report provides a two-page, high-level overview on the key developments that have shaped the renewable energy landscape in each state, including information on installed and planned capacity, markets, economic development, resource potential and policy.

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Improving Transportation Efficiency at the Local Level

Reducing fuel consumption can significantly impact your member businesses’ bottom lines. This report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) helps municipalities and metropolitan regions identify policies to expand transportation choices and improve transportation system efficiency. The toolkit can aid your chamber in discussing transportation efficiency with local policymakers and other stakeholders interested in reducing transportation-related fuel consumption in your community.

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2012 State Clean Energy Index from Clean Edge

This annual report provides in-depth analysis of the technology, policy, and financing trends in each state, including highlighting best practices and case studies. Learn which clean-tech sectors are expanding in your state and what markets are ripe for development. And see how your state compares to others around you on clean energy.

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