Massachusetts continues to lead the way nationally in ensuring clean, reliable and efficient energy. In 2018, the Commonwealth ranked 1st in energy efficiency for an unprecedented 8th straight year, ranked #2 in a clean tech leadership (CleanEdge, 2017) for a fifth year and was just ranked 2nd nationally for LEED Green Building per capita (U.S. Green Building Council). Massachusetts also ranked sixth in new installed solar capacity in 2017 (SEIA 2018).
As a result of all this activity, the clean energy sector continues to grow. The Mass. Clean Energy Center’s 2018 Clean Energy Industry Report tracks the growth of this sector. The clean energy sector employs over 110,700 jobs; an 84% increase since 2010. Massachusetts has the second highest percentage of clean energy jobs in the United States
In 2017, the clean energy sector produced $13.5 billion in economic activity, accounting for 2.5% of the Mass. Gross State Product (GSP).
Massachusetts also continues to pursue innovative measures to ensure grid modernization and storage as well as alternative transportation. In 2017, the Administration announced a 200 MWH target for energy storage by 2020 as part of its broader Energy Storage Initiative.
On the Alternative Transportation front, Massachusetts ranked 7th in terms of Electric Vehicle (EV)sales by state in 2017, selling 4,632 electric vehicles. The number of EVs sold in Massachusetts increased by 59.4% between 2016 and 2017. Massachusetts also ranked 9th in terms of electric vehicle market share within states. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) sales increased by more than 70.5 percent between 2016 and 2017. This brings Massachusetts closer to its goal of having 300,000 ZEVs on the road by 2025 as part of its participation in the Multi-State Zero Emission (ZEV) Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013.