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.
Beating the Heat
The average person takes for granted that the lights go on when he or she flips the switch. But during the record-breaking heat wave that hit the East Coast earlier this month, as millions of people cranked up their air conditioners, it took some unheralded heroics to prevent overloaded circuits and widespread brownouts.
The Solar Energy Gusher
Here’s another reason to support utility-scale solar energy, besides all the usual environment benefits: It will help balance the federal budget.
Global warming may have an impact on crocs – the animals, not the shoes. According to a study done by Australian scientists, global warming could make it harder for crocodiles to find food and take refuge from predators.
Wave Power: A Trillion Dollar Market?
Market researchers are great synthesizers, but sometimes you have to take their claims with a few grains of salt. A perfect case in point is a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, which declares that “the market potential for the wave (power) industry is about $1 trillion worldwide.”
Don’t Bury CO2, Recycle It
Unlike frogs in a pot of boiling water, humankind has no place to jump as the earth warms. We have no choice but to find a way to turn down the greenhouse thermostat until we can phase out fossil fuels in favor of clean, renewable energy sources.