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.

Range Anxiety: An Update from Nissan

Last week, in a NEXT100 feature on electric vehicles and “range anxiety,” I noted lingering uncertainty over the claimed 100-mile range of the much-anticipated Nissan LEAF all-electric five-passenger car.

Climate Changes

Senate Republicans failed to block a plan that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose new global warming regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Coming Soon: The Solar Demonstration Zone Project

One of the most promising sources of clean, renewable energy in California and the Southwest is concentrating solar power (CSP). This thermal technology typically uses mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy to create intense heat, which in turn can be used to run a steam turbine or heat engine to generate hundreds of megawatts of electricity.

How Far Do You Need to Go?

When plug-in vehicles finally start hitting showrooms toward the end of the year, the questions on most potential buyers’ minds will be, in addition to charging requirements, “how far will it go?” and “how far do I need to go?”

The Burning Issue

The Earth is being warmed by thousands of underground coal fires burning unchecked around the world, which release vast amounts of CO2, methane and other potent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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