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.
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.
Cooking Up an Assault on Global Warming
While legions of engineers and scientists pursue high-tech breakthroughs in clean energy, a small investment in low-tech stoves might buy the world precious years in the fight against global warming.
Thirteen of the 14 leading climate scientists believe the earth’s climate is in grave danger. A study done by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows climate experts predict the Earth will hit a “tipping point” before 2200 in which global warming’s effects would become imminent.
Least But Not Last
The nation’s utility industry has something to boast about, according to a new report: the top 100 power producers managed to cut total CO2 emissions by 2.1 percent from 2007 to 2008, a good start on the long term path to curbing greenhouse gases that cause climate change.