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Senator Spilka Hails Report Showing Massachusetts Leads in Clean Energy

April 22, 2010

A new study released today finds that Massachusetts is the leading clean energy state on the East Coast and second in the nation.

The report, A Future of Innovation and Growth: Advancing Massachusetts’ Clean-Energy Leadership, prepared by Clean Edge Inc. for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), compares Massachusetts with other leading clean-energy states by a variety of quantitative and qualitative measures. In judging each state’s regulatory incentives, financial incentives, knowledge capital, and economic/workforce development, Massachusetts ranked second nationally, following California, and ahead of Oregon, Colorado, New Jersey and ten other top clean-energy states.

“This report shows the progress we’ve made making Massachusetts reach its potential as a national leader in clean energy,” said Governor Patrick. “Massachusetts has the right stuff to drive the next industrial revolution.”

“Green jobs truly are the silver lining of the Massachusetts economy,” stated Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.  “The Legislature and the Administration’s tight focus on making Massachusetts a global leader in clean technology has paid off, and we will continue to see benefits in terms of job growth and increased investment in Massachusetts companies in the future.”

“Under Governor Patrick, and in partnership with the Legislature, Massachusetts has leapfrogged over our East Coast competitors in clean energy, and California better watch out,” said Secretary Bowles. “The nation’s clean energy future will come with a label saying, ‘Made in Massachusetts.'”

World-class academic and innovation resources, strong government policies and leadership, active venture capital community, highly educated workforce, and deep commitment to energy efficiency are a few of the assets that give Massachusetts a leg up in clean energy technologies, products, and services, the report notes. Energy efficiency, solar power, and advanced energy storage are three clean energy sectors where Massachusetts shows particular strength, with potential for further growth and innovation in the future, according to the report.

“By a range of different measures, Massachusetts stands out as a clean-energy leader among states in the U.S.,” states the report, which was prepared by a nationally known clean-tech research and publishing firm. “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.”

“Governor Patrick has done more to advance clean energy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts than many would have thought possible,” said Nick d’Arbeloff, President of the New England Clean Energy Council. “In just a few short years under the Governor’s leadership, we have moved from the middle of the pack to number two in the nation, and now stand ready to become a major supplier of clean energy solutions to the global marketplace.”

“I applaud the Patrick-Murray Administration’s efforts in growing the Commonwealth’s green economy to be one of the top in the world and making our environment a healthier place to live. I look forward to continuing to work cooperatively to promote clean energy, energy efficiency, green technologies, and lowering our carbon footprint in Massachusetts. This is the pathway to our economic strength and our success as a planet,” said Representative Frank Smizik, Chairman of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.

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

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