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For those interested in the clean energy business, West Virginia isn’t the place to be, according to Clean Edge’s 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.

Using data collected by the Clean Edge’s State and Metro Indexes, the report assigned each state with a rank and score in categories — all in terms of clean energy — including technology, policy and capital, which are ultimately used to calculate overall clean energy leadership scores.

And for West Virginia, the outcome was almost shameful.

Overall, Clean Edge ranked West Virginia 49th, with a score of 9.5 — the lowest score is 7.5, held by Mississippi, and California has the highest with a score of 93.7.

The technology category rankings and scores were determined by clean electricity, clean transportation, and energy intelligence and green building indicators — which, evidently, the Mountain State doesn’t yet excel in, as it was ranked 48th and a sad score of only 3.6.

State incentives, regulations and mandates dictated rankings and scores for policy category; and having only eight of 34 regulations and incentives listed on the study’s policy checklist sent West Virginia down to 48th again, with a score of 8.8.

In the capital category, which was determined by financial, and human and intellectual capital indicators, the state fared slightly better, landing in 37th place with a score of 16.3.

Visit the Clean Edge website to download the full report.