NEXT100 provides an in-depth look at the intersection of the clean energy business and the environment. It focuses on trends in green technology, policy and the Earth’s climate that will most impact the energy industry and our customers over the next 100 years–PG&E’s second century in operation.
NEXT100 is written and edited by Jonathan Marshall, with contributions from colleagues at PG&E. Postings on NEXT100 represent the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of PG&E.
Wind Energy: Boom Today, Uncertain Tomorrow
The wind industry once again this year faces the possible demise of its 2.3 cent-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the on-again, off-again credits have led to a boom-and-bust cycle for investment in wind farms for many years.At the same time, tech companies are investing heavily in wind power.
San Jose Waste Facility Aims to Sell Biogas Electric Power to PG&E
To help San Jose achieve its ambitious municipal sustainability objectives, a new commercial facility that creates methane while processing thousands of tons of organic waste plans to sell excess power to PG&E under a relatively new renewable feed-in tariff program for small renewable generators.As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the new waste-to-energy plant is said to be the largest “dry fermentation anaerobic digestion” facility of its kind in the world.
Micro-Hybrids Lower the Cost of Fuel Economy
More and more automakers and customers, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, are discovering the modest and affordable virtues of smaller batteries in vehicles known as micro-hybrids.
New Ways to Mine Metals for Clean Technology
Access to affordable raw materials remains a key step for future clean technology gains. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, some innovative projects funded by the DOE are working to make that happen.
Jellyfish Threaten Ocean Takeover, Impact Nuclear Plants
Jellyfish are wreaking havoc and it could get worse, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.