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COMPARING OTHER CLEAN ENERGY TRACKERS

How does the Big Green Machine compare to other EV supply chain trackers? Scroll through the following table and read our notes about each tracker below 

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The Big Green Machine tracks investments in the North American clean energy supply chain with a focus on the solar, wind, battery, and electric vehicle industries.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America's Clean Energy Future tracker is an interactive map displaying private sector clean energy investments before and after the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The map shows the locations of projects in each US state, along with information about each project’s product type, reported investment, and reported jobs generated. It doesn’t show specific information about jobs beyond the number of jobs generated, nor does it provide any social context, such as environmental justice or political implications, for projects. This tracker follows more industries than the Big Green Machine (which tracks battery, EV, solar, and wind projects), and includes projects in the hydrogen, nuclear, and heat pump & clean HVAC industries in addition to those being tracked by the Big Green Machine.

The Inflation Reduction Act Tracker and Database from Columbia Law School and the Environmental Defense Fund provides a legislative breakdown of the climate provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. The database explains the sections of the IRA relevant to each agency, and then links the most recent actions taken by that agency pertaining to each section. The tracker and database can be filtered by agency—actions taken by the Treasury Department are most relevant because they detail the incentives for clean energy manufacturing.

This tracker from the National Governors Association provides similar information about agency implementation of the IRA, making it very similar to the IRA Tracker and Database by Columbia Law School and the Environmental Defense Fund. Like their tracker, this one also allows users to search for specific actions from the Treasury Department. Unlike the other tracker, this one has downloadable data.

The Clean Investment Monitor is a tracker by Rhodium Group and MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Both this tracker and the Big Green Machine display a map with the locations of clean energy manufacturing facilities, as well as historical trends in clean energy manufacturing investments. This tracker follows different industries than the Big Green Machine does, which tracks battery, EV, solar, and wind projects. The Clean Investment Monitor tracks investment in hydrogen electrolyzers, fueling equipment, zero emission vehicles, and critical minerals, in addition to solar, wind, and batteries. Unlike the Big Green Machine, this tracker does not provide any information about jobs, environmental justice, or socioeconomic and political implications of the projects.

The Clean Economy Works tracker by E2 maps clean energy manufacturing projects announced post-IRA. It categorizes each project into six sectors, battery/storage, clean vehicles, grid/electrification, solar, wind, and other (which includes hydrogen, biofuel, energy efficiency, and geothermal projects). Similar to the Big Green Machine, this tracker also shows the number of jobs created by clean energy manufacturing projects, but it doesn’t include any information on the union status of each manufacturing site. The Clean Economy Works tracker also provides information about the party affiliation of each project site’s congressional district, as well as sites located in energy communities and disadvantaged communities.

Clean Energy Investing in America is a tracker by American Clean Power. It maps new clean energy manufacturing facility announcements, and includes the battery, offshore & onshore wind, solar, and transmission industries. It also displays the number of new jobs generated by these projects, but does not provide any other information about union status, environmental justice, or socioeconomic and political implications of the projects.

The IRA & CHIPS Manufacturing Investment Announcements tracker by Jack Conness has a map displaying IRA-related clean energy manufacturing investments. It shows projects relating to the same four industries tracked by the Big Green Machine—batteries, EVs, solar, and wind—with the addition of an “other” category for projects that don’t fall into these four industries. Users can view the number of jobs generated by each project, as well as county-level 2020 election results for each investment site and how that information maps onto the dollar amount of IRA investment. This tracker presents similar information as the Big Green Machine on the political context of the manufacturing investments, but it doesn’t include information about union status, environmental justice, or socioeconomic implications of the projects.

The Biden Administration Investment Tracker from the Center for American Progress is a broad tracker that focuses on the dispersal of subsidies that target a wide range of environmental issues. Users can filter by law (such as the IRA, BIL, or CHIPS), federal and private investments, location (state, congressional district, and city), and category (such as clean energy or environmental remediation).

Manufacturing Dive’s IRA tracker is built upon data from E2, which created the Clean Economy Works tracker above. It displays much of the same information, mapping clean energy manufacturing investments by industry. In addition to the information provided by the Clean Economy Works tracker, this one also displays investment by state in a map format, and provides information on foreign investments and projects by region. It also displays the number of new jobs generated by these projects, but does not provide any other information about union status, environmental justice, or socioeconomic and political implications of the projects.

The Investing in America tracker from The White House maps clean energy investments in six industries: semiconductors and electronics, EVs and batteries, clean energy manufacturing, biomanufacturing, heavy industry, and clean power. It provides a broad statistic for the total number of clean energy jobs generated under the Biden Administration, but does not provide specifics regarding jobs generated per project, union status, environmental justice implications, or the socioeconomic and political implications of the projects.

The Good Energy Jobs Powered by the Inflation Reduction Act tracker from the U.S. Department of Labor is an interactive map that displays the number of construction jobs generated from clean energy projects that are eligible for IRA tax credits. It does not provide more detailed information about the union status, environmental justice implications, or the socioeconomic and political implications of the projects. In addition to the battery, solar, and wind industries being tracked by the Big Green Machine, this tracker also follows the biopower, geothermal, hydrogen, hydropower, nuclear, and pumped storage industries.

The Clean Economy Tracker from Atlas Public Policy and Utah State University tracks clean energy manufacturing in seven industries: batteries, critical mineral production and processing, electric vehicles, heat pumps, hydrogen electrolyzers, transmission and grid materials, and zero-emissions electricity generation. It provides users with information about jobs, investments by congressional districts, and projects located in rural areas, low-income communities, and energy communities. However, it does not include information on union status or foreign investments.

The Economic Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act’s Climate and Energy Provisions tracker by Data for Progress maps the number of jobs per state created by the IRA’s climate and energy provisions. Users can view the fraction of jobs in each state that are categorized as direct, indirect, and induced jobs, but it does not categorize jobs by industry type. It also does not provide information about union status, environmental justice implications, or the socioeconomic and political implications of the projects.

The Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar & Storage Supply Chain Dashboard is a tracker that maps the U.S. solar energy and storage supply chain. Users can filter each project on the map by product type, such as battery cells or inverters, and production status. The tracker also includes information on the capacity of the solar module and battery supply chain in the U.S., but does not have information about each project’s union status, environmental justice implications, or socioeconomic and political implications.

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