Who are the nation's clean energy leaders?
Clean Edge has released its annual list of state's leading the nation in clean energy.
The listing analyzes all 50 states based on more than 70 different indicators in technology and policy, including total electricity produced by clean-energy sources, hybrid and electric vehicles on the road, clean-energy venture and patent activity, and policy regulations and incentives.
Clean Edge's top 10 for 2012 are: California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New York, Illinois, New Mexico, Vermont and Minnesota.
In addition to ranking the top states, the research concludes that since last year twice as many states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and geothermal. Further, states with renewable portfolio standards lead the nation's total generating capacity (29 states plus DC account for two thirds).
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