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Ron Pernick
Ron Pernick is founder and managing director of clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge and the coauthor of two books on clean-tech business and innovation, Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007). At Clean Edge he has coauthored more than two dozen reports on clean technologies, markets, and policies and oversees the firm’s research, event production, index publishing, and advisory services. He has taught MBA-level courses at Portland State University and New College, is widely quoted in the media, and is a regular speaker at industry events in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.

Entries by Ron Pernick

State, City, and Consumer Actions Drive Dramatic Shift to Renewables and Low Carbon Future

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 2:11 PM

The United States is experiencing a significant shift in its energy landscape. Last year, utility-scale wind and solar power combined for 47% of new generation capacity in the U.S. Based on this expansion, 11 states now generate more than 10% of their electricity from solar, wind, and geothermal power, with...

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It Turns Out That You Can't Divide Americans Over Renewable Energy

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:08 PM

In our second annual survey on American homeowners' attitudes toward clean energy, one thing is resoundingly clear. In a nation divided on climate change, immigration policy and so many other issues, Americans are overwhelmingly united in their support of renewable energy. The poll, commissioned by our firm Clean...

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MLPs and REITs Back in the Spotlight: Will Washington Finally Level the Playing Field?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:00 PM

In our book Clean Tech Nation, which came out late last year, Clint Wilder and I offered up a Seven-Point Action Plan for Repowering America. One of our main action items was "Leverage Proven Investment Tools from the Oil, Gas, & Real Estate Sectors." Namely, level the investment playing field...

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Clean Tech and the Big Turnaround

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:36 PM

My wife and I brought in the New Year, let's just say, in a pretty laid-back manner. We put the kids to bed, watched an episode of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime, and (don't tell anyone) were both asleep before midnight. That calm belied the flurry of activity to come....

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Five Clean-Tech Actions for President Obama

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 5:02 PM

The election is over and the people have spoken. After months of highly-charged attacks, lively and lackluster debate performances, and never-ending punches and counterpunches, Barack Obama has prevailed as the winner of the 2012 election. It won't be an easy job. Mr. Obama will need to enable the creation of...

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Regaining Its Mojo: A Seven Point Action Plan for Repowering America

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:03 PM

An abbreviated and edited excerpt from 'Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy.'

On September 22, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled "How Obama's Green Energy Agenda Is Killing Jobs." The session came three...

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