Oregon Ranks High In Clean Energy

Booyah, Oregon. A recent study by cleantech research firm Clean Edge, co-sponsored by the Portland Development Commission and Business Oregon, ranks the Beaver State second in the nation in clean energy leadership, and near the top nationwide in a number of key assets influencing its potential for further cleantech sector development.

The study, “Oregon’s Clean Energy Economy” [PDF], was built around data from Clean Edge’s 2011 “State Clean Energy Leadership Index,” a subscription-based research service that produces performance scores and rankings for all 50 U.S. states based on activity in three categories: technology, policy and capital. It backs up the findings of two other reports – by the Pew Center on the States and the Brookings Institution – that also put Oregon at or near the top nationwide in terms of the overall percentage of jobs dedicated to the clean economy.

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Other key findings from the new Clean Edge study gave Oregon high marks in LEED certified green building projects per capita (No. 1 in the nation);  smart meter penetration (No. 2 in the nation); hybrid electric vehicle adoption (No. 3 in the nation); and total installed wind capacity and generation (No. 6 in the nation).  Oregon joins Washington and California as one of the top three states for total EV charging stations (as well as charging stations per capita), and ranks in the top five states for total clean energy venture investments in recent years, on a per capita basis.

The study also noted that Oregon is home to several top clean energy employers, including SolarWorld (1,050 employees), Sanyo (200), Vestas (400), Iberdrola (400), CH2MHill (1,000), PECI (312) and ClearEdge Power (225).

All of which would satisfy many a green Oregon advocate, but not, apparently, Portland Development Commission’s Executive Director Patrick Quinton, who called for further measures to cement the state’s status as a green powerhouse, as well as Portland’s role in that future. “The Clean Edge report confirms our competitive advantage in talent, technology deployment, supportive government policies and capital attraction,” Quinton said in a statement. “But we need to go beyond business as usual to strengthen our case for Portland as a center for clean energy growth and business success.”

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  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Robert Williams

    SMART METERS ARE ONLY GOOD FOR UTILITY COMPANY EXECUTIVESnnConcepts and theory sounds great, but upon closer inspection:nnA. Utility bills are increasing where smart meters are installed, not decreasing.nnB. Customer information from smart meters is NOT formatted for customers and does NOT change customer behavior towards conservation.nnC. Increased utility rates may decrease energy usage, but that can be done with inexpensive time-of-use meters, NOT requiring expensive smart meters.nnD. The cost – benefit of smart meters is horrendous and is being promoted to profit the utility companies and their suppliers, not customers or our society or our environment.nnE. The Smart Grid does NOT use or require a smart meter on each home.u00a0 The necessary smart information can be gathered much more efficiently and timely and inexpensively at energy distribution points.u00a0 (The smart grid does not care how much power any one home uses.)nnF. The vast amount of unnecessary and nearly useless information to be handled and stored may actually end up raising energy usage.nnG. This massive Billions-of-dollars smart meter program will leave NO funds for programs that would truly bring energy saving solutions and the public will not be receptive to real solutions after being burned by these Smart meters.

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Robert Williams

    SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS.nnu00a01. Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart metersnnu2028 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdInnu00a0 nnCUSTOMER UTILITY BILLS AFTER SMART METERS INSTALLED.nn2. Skyrocketing Utility Bills after installationnnTV News Video (3 minutes)nnhttp://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=videonn3. Systemic Smart Meter Billing Errors Over 200% Uncovered in AustraliannTV News Video (7 minutes)nnhttp://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/money/article/-/10241945/power-scandal-exposed/ – videonnu00a0nnNATIONAL SECURITY RISKS DUE TO SMART METERS.nn4. CIA Director James Woolsey calls Smart grid u201cStupidu201d due to National Security problems caused by so-called smart meters.nnNews Video (1 minute)nnhttp://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolseynnu00a0nnRADIATION.nn5. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION TRANSMISSION PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home.u00a0 Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient)nnu2028http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OEnnnnPG, Californiau2019s Utility Monopoly, recently admitted that each smart meter mounted on a home transmits radiation between 10,000 and 190,000 times each day.nnThis admission corrected previous false statements repeated often by many utility companies across the country.

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