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This year’s edition is the sixth California Green Innovation Index tracking economic indicators as the state implements policies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

KEY FINDINGS 

While lawmakers are working on appropriations bills to fund the government next year, they seem to have lost interest in trying to meet the country’s long-term fiscal challenges.

A new analysis of the last decade of investment in California’s clean technology sector shows that although venture capitalists remain key players, different types of investors are becoming ever more important to the growth of the sector.

Key findings from this report include:

As California proceeds toward its long-run 2050 goal for permitted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it will be necessary for electricity to become more decarbonized. It will also be necessary for some activities that are now fossil-fueled to run partially or fully on the cleaner electricity—a process referred to as electrification.

new study highlights the connection between seemingly unconnected policies and the Golden Stateʼs demand for oil

California policies that have seemingly little to no connection to petroleum use actually provide incentives that drive demand for oil use artificially high in the state. Fifteen such policies are identified in Next 10's new report authored by UCLA experts.

Connecting Californians to Climate Solutions

Next 10 is launching a new, interactive online game called the California Carbon Challenge (www.cacarbonchallenge.org) to engage and inform people who are trying to better understand the challenges and opportunities for reducing emissions.

The 2013 California Green Innovation Index, our 5th edition, shows that clean technology patent registrations and energy productivity are growing, clean economy jobs continue their post-recession recovery, and the state’s carbon intensity continues to drop.

In considering how state policy might improve California’s economic performance – especially when comparing California policies to those in other states – it is essential to put California’s economic performance into the proper context and perspective. To that end, this report provides a rich and multi-dimensional empirical description of California’s economic performance relative to other states.

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