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.
How Smart Meters Can Make You a Smarter Energy Consumer
A PG&E pilot project is helping customers learn about the energy consumption of individual appliances in their homes. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, an inefficient refrigerator can consume $60 more energy than a newer model.
How PG&E is Using Demand Management to Make Smarter Use of the Grid
Demand response programs offer customers incentives to alter their demand at special times. With pilots in Yuba City, Jackson, Tracy and Fresno, PG&E is experimenting with sophisticated technologies to deliver peak demand reductions on a targeted local basis, rather than system-wide.
Electric Vehicles Widen Their Clean-Air Advantage
New research shows that electric vehicles in states that mostly use coal-fired power may in some cases be a bit less clean than the most efficient gasoline-powered hybrids, like the Toyota Prius. But, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, that’s not true in PG&E’s service area, where more than half the electricity that customers use comes from sources that emit no greenhouse gases.
Proposed Commercial Air Conditioning Standards Would Save Businesses Billions
PG&E supports a U.S. Department of Energy proposal for new efficiency standards that would cut commercial rooftop air conditioner energy use by about 30 percent, saving businesses billions of dollars.
PG&E Ranks No. 1 in Smart Meter Deployments
PG&E leads the nation in the deployment of electric smart meters, according to a new report from The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation.