WASHINGTON—During 2011, states and territories continued to support the development and deployment of clean energy technologies according to a National Governors Association (NGA) report, Clean State Energy Actions, released today.

Despite facing tepid economic growth, states remained active, with all states taking one or more actions to advance clean energy options. Spurring economic growth and reducing energy costs to consumers were strong motivators for states’ support of clean energy. Other drivers included diversifying energy sources and reducing emissions. Specific areas of high activity included efforts to promote alternative fuels and vehicles for energy efficiency and clean electricity.

“Economic development remains a top priority for the nation’s governors and it goes hand-in-hand with clean energy technologies,” said NGA Vice Chair and the NGA Center Board Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. “This report shows that every state and territory is working to advance clean energy and that states recognize the energy sector offers an opportunity to stimulate growth.”

Although many states adopted similar measures, there is no one-size-fits-all approach; policies are designed, financed and implemented in a variety of ways to meet the needs of each individual state. As states continue to face tepid economic growth in the coming months, efforts to reduce energy costs in state government and enhance clean energy economic development likely will continue to be areas of high activity.

The report updates versions released in 2008 and 2010, and covers seven categories for each state:

  • energy efficiency;
  • clean electricity;
  • alternative fuels and vehicles;
  • lead by example initiatives (involving state government facilities, fleets and operations);
  • greenhouse gas emissions;
  • clean energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D); and
  • clean energy economic development.

A state-by-state listing of clean energy actions, as well as actions listed by category, can be found on the NGA website. This report builds upon two previous NGA reports: Clean and Secure State Energy Actions – 2008 and Clean and Secure State Energy Actions – 2010 Update.

The report covers a range of categories that states may classify as clean energy sources including: energy efficiency, renewable energy, coal based electricity with carbon capture and storage, alternative fuels and vehicles and nuclear generation.

For more information about this and other NGA Center Environment, Energy & Transportation Division efforts, visit www.nga.org/cms/center/eet.


Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.