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.
Paper or Plastic — Turning Bags into Fuel
Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog that plastic bags, which are made from petroleum, can be converted back into surprisingly good transportation fuel, according to a new research.
How PG&E Met the Challenge of Electric Vehicles
As more pure electrics and plug-in hybrids hit the roads, PG&E has been paying close attention to the adequacy of local infrastructure in EV-friendly neighborhoods. Also, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, PG&E and other utilities have created special rate plans to incent owners to charge at night, when circuits have plenty of excess capacity.
Are Fuel Cell Vehicles the Next Big Thing?
Major auto manufacturers will launch the first commercial fuel-cell models this year and next. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, if you’re struggling trying to make sense of all the new kinds of fuel-efficient vehicles — including cleaner diesels, traditional hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles — prepare for more car confusion.
Wind Energy to the Rescue
Last month, clean, inexpensive wind energy helped major parts of the country cope with soaring demand for electricity as the “polar vortex” sent temperatures plunging across the Midwest and East Coast.
New Numbers Confirm PG&E’s Energy Among the Cleanest in Nation
PG&E remains one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country, based on new figures made available by The Climate Registry, a non-profit registry of greenhouse gas emissions for North America. PG&E’s carbon dioxide emissions rate was approximately 30 percent below the California average and about one-third of the national utility average in 2012.