Report: Clean tech investments reach peak

The U.S. federal government will spend just over $150 billion on clean technology over the 2009-2014 period, a more than three-fold increase from the 2002-2008 period, according to a new study by the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization. The study also estimates that these investments will leverage an overall cumulative public and private sector investment of $327 billion to $622 billion in U.S. clean tech segments during the 2009 to 2014 period.

However, according to the report, investment in clean technology is projected to decrease rapidly due to a lack of Congressional support. Including programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, annual federal clean tech spending is expected decline to $11 billion by 2014, a 75 percent decline when compared to the high of $44.3 billion reached in 2009.

The report also projects that by the end of 2014, 70 percent of all federal clean energy policies in place in 2009 will have expired.

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