New York State: a national leader in cleantech

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.

New York State's commitment to growing cleantech is demonstrated by its national rank in the top five in many key cleantech economic indicators:

  • 1st overall in wind patenting
  • 2nd in overall cleantech patenting
  • 2nd in electric and gas energy efficiency investment
  • 3rd in state energy efficiency policies
  • 3rd in university research expenditures
  • Top three in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees awarded and venture capital investment
  • 4th in a number of cleantech companies and green goods and services employment
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Learn more about where New York State ranks nationally by downloading the Building a Cleantech Economy in New York Infographic [PDF].

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To view all details on New York State's cleantech ranking, download a copy of the NYS Clean Energy Technologies Innovation Metrics 2012 [PDF|3.02MB] Report


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.

Last Updated: 01/24/2014