Oregon Shows Competitive Edge in Green Energy Industry
According to a recent report by clean technology research firm Clean Edge, Oregon ranks second in clean energy leadership — trailing only behind California. Factors that went into the rankings included the availability of clean, cheap electricity, transportation, financial capital, a skilled workforce and favorable public policies and incentives.
With incredibly cheap energy, an expert high-tech manufacturing workforce, state and local government commitments to clean energy development and a forward-thinking, sustainability minded culture, perhaps Oregon’s position on the list comes as no surprise.
Oregon Leads on Clean Energy Initiatives
Specific findings included the top ranking in LEED-certified projects per capita and top 5 rankings for hybrid vehicle adoption, electric vehicle charging stations and clean technology venture investments per capita.
It should be noted that the report was sponsored by local and state economic development agencies, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and Business Oregon.