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.
At the end of the day, the color that saves the environment may not be green, but white.
The Trouble with Commercial Buildings
Last week, San Francisco nonprofit Next 10 released a study showing that the electricity consumed by commercial buildings makes up a staggering 37 percent of California’s total electricity consumption — a ringing endorsement for telecommuting.
A new study shows protecting sea otters could become a viable strategy in the fight against global warming.
The Arizona Challenge
For the last week, temperatures in Phoenix averaged around 110F—reason enough to believe in global warming and to avoid central Arizona in the summer.
No Free Ride
The good news first: Americans are paying less in gas taxes per 1,000 miles driven, and per $100 of income, than at anytime since 1929, according to USA Today. In fact, in inflation-adjusted dollars, gasoline taxes were more than twice as high in the early 1970s. Now the bad news: There’s no free ride.