The New York State (NYS) Clean Energy Technologies Innovation Metrics report serves as a starting point for tracking the development of the NYS cleantech industrial base and innovation system. This report reveals New York State’s strong record of support of existing and emerging clean energy technology companies and creation of an environment conducive to innovation, entrepreneurship and technology‐led growth.
The cleantech innovation metrics in this report address four key categories and questions:
- Research and Innovation: How competitive are New York State companies, research universities, and government labs in winning Federal R&D funding and commercializing new technologies?
- Business Environment: How attractive is the New York State business environment for new and expanding cleantech companies?
- Industry Development: How developed is the New York State cleantech industrial base and how competitive are enabling economic sectors, such as manufacturing and IT/software?
- Clean Energy Market: What is the size of the current and potential market for renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services in New York State and the larger Northeast Region?
It is NYSERDA’s intent to track and report NYS achievement with these metrics annually.
You can download a copy of the report here: NYS Clean Energy Technologies Innovation Metrics 2012 [PDF|3.02MB]
See where New York ranks among the 50 U.S. states in the Building a Cleantech Economy in New York Infographic [PDF].
To determine the metrics to present, focus groups were held involving nearly 100 individuals including entrepreneurs affiliated with cleantech startup companies, cleantech investors, executives and other representatives of larger, more established technology companies, directors of cleantech incubators, and representatives from cleantech industry consortia, universities conducting cleantech research, and other cleantech organizations. The focus groups included Startup Companies, Established Companies, and Venture Capitalists.
Definition of Cleantech
The term clean technology, or cleantech, is an umbrella term that refers to technologies that generate commercial benefits to customers while addressing environmental concerns, such as global climate change, sustainability and energy security. It spans many vertical industries and includes technologies that fall into the following eight categories, as defined by Kachan & Co. (2012): renewable energy generation, energy storage, efficiency (energy and building), transportation, air and environment (emissions, recycling and waste), clean industry (design, materials, and production), water, and agriculture. This report focuses on cleantech energy and has chosen to exclude specific metrics on environment, water and agriculture.