Clean Energy

Pew has documented the dawning of a new worldwide industry—the global clean energy economy. With this new industry comes the promise of addressing two of the world’s most pressing problems: creating jobs in a challenging economy and reducing the impacts of greenhouse gases.

Clean energy presents a significant and expanding market opportunity. Investments in wind, solar and improved energy efficiency are creating well-paying jobs for people of all skill levels and educational backgrounds. These investments will revitalize not only the economy, but also help to protect the global environment.

Pew urges further development of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuel, improved energy efficiency, strong entrepreneurship and robust new federal policies—just some of the keys to a cleaner and more prosperous future.

For more information, visit the Pew's clean energy campaign or review their research on private clean energy investment:

  • For 2013, click here.
  • For 2012, click here.
  • For 2011, click here.
  • For 2010, click here.
  • For 2009, click here.
  • For Global Clean Power: A $2.3 Trillion Opportunity, click here.



  • Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2013

    Apr 03, 2014 - Global clean energy investment fell 11 percent to $254 billion, and renewable power generating capacity additions declined by 1 percent in 2013, according to research released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2012 Edition

    Apr 16, 2013 - In less than a decade, clean energy transitioned from novelty products to the mainstream of world energy markets. The sector emerged not so much in a linear fashion as episodic—in fits and starts associated with the worldwide economic downturn, continent-wide debt crises, national policy uncertainty, and intense industry competition. Through it all, however, the clean energy sector moved inexorably forward, with overall investment in 2012 five times greater than it was in 2004.

  • U.S. Clean Energy Businesses Netted $1.6 Billion More in Trade Sales than China in 2011

    Mar 06, 2013 - More than half a trillion dollars’ worth of goods and services are traded by the world’s two leading economies, the United States and China.

  • State of the Union Highlights Need for Clean Energy Solutions

    Feb 13, 2013 - Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew's clean energy program, discusses opportunities for clean energy policy in reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response.

  • Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: A Clean Energy Plan

    Feb 05, 2013 - The clean energy industry is gathering momentum around the world. Innovation and investment are helping to reduce the cost of solar, wind, and other emerging technologies. Countries and companies are working to harness the economic opportunity associated with these new products, and deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating globally.

  • Infographic: Why Drive Electric?

    Jul 30, 2012 - Global energy consumption is expected to increase 53 percent by 2035 and much of the new demand is from an increase in vehicles on the road. View our infographic to learn why electric vehicles are key to reducing dependence on petroleum and to strengthening our national security.

  • Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2011 Edition

    Apr 12, 2012 - Countries have been jockeying for a leadership position in the worldwide clean energy race in recent years. A new report from the Pew Environment Group’s Clean Energy Program reveals that countries with clear, consistent, and constructive clean energy policies are powering global investment forward.

  • Global Clean Power: A $2.3 Trillion Opportunity

    Dec 08, 2010 - Private investments in G-20 clean power projects could total $2.3 trillion by 2020, according to a report released by the Pew Environment Group. By adopting strong clean energy policies, every G-20 member can compete more effectively for business in this emerging global industry. The United States is one of three countries with the most to gain.

  • Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?

    Mar 24, 2010 - A new report from the Pew Environment Group documents the dawning of a new worldwide industry—clean energy—which has experienced investment growth of 230 percent since 2005.

  • The Clean Energy Economy

    Jun 10, 2009 - The number of jobs in America’s emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007. In a new report, Pew provides the first-ever hard count across the 50 states of the actual jobs, companies and venture capital investments that supply the growing market demand for environmentally friendly jobs, products and services.

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