State, Denver rank high nationally for clean technology

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 9:53am.

Colorado and Denver both landed in the top 10 for their respective categories on the U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index for 2014.

The index provides an analysis of the clean-tech marketplace, tracking relevant technology, policy and capital developments in the U.S. clean-tech industry, according to Clean Edge. This year’s report includes the overall and category results for all 50 states and the top 50 metro regions and features comprehensive highlights and datasets on industry activity across the country.

Data in the state index covers more than 70 indicators in three main categories: technology, policy and capital. Data is included for all 50 states on clean-energy generation, energy storage installations, green building deployment, energy efficiency expenditures, venture-capital investments, clean-energy patents and more, according to Clean Edge. 

Colorado ranked fourth overall with a score of 66.8, with its green buildings and renewable energy deployments placing it fifth in technology and fourth in capital.

“A key reason is the Denver metro area (ranked 10th in the Metro Index), home to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem for clean-tech startups,” the report states.

Clean Edge considered more than 20 indicators including clean-tech investment and innovation, advanced transportation, clean electricity, green buildings, clean electricity and carbon management to determine metro rankings.

Denver received a score of 49.7, placing it 10th among metros, with San Francisco coming in first with a score of 94.4. In fact, California cities dominated the top 10 metro list with five of its cities listed.

According to the report, Denver received its highest ranking – third – for green buildings use and eighth for clean tech investment, innovation and workforce. However, its lowest rank – 18th – came for advanced transportation and it was ranked 17th in clean electricity and carbon management.

Here’s a look at how Colorado and Denver stacked up against the top 10 states and metros:




Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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