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.
Electric Vehicle Sales Lift Off
Sales of pure electric vehicles are showing steady growth, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. That’s good for the future of clean transportation.
Straws in the Ocean: On Desalination, Water and Climate Change
Many California cities are considering desalination to create fresh water, but cost and climate-change issues are in play, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.
Know Your Energy Usage — And Save Money
Research shows that households outfitted with in-home displays showing their energy usage are far more responsive than their peers to temporary price increases that discourage consumption during periods of peak demand. In his NEXT100 blog, Jonathan Marshall also writes about how PG&E is working with customers as they install in-home energy displays.
Hybrid Cars: Running on Spin and Air?
Hybrid cars continue to gain popularity. But, surprisingly, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog, battery-based hybrids may face competition from exotic variants using flywheels or compressed air to store energy and increase fuel efficiency.
PG&E Celebrates 20 Years of Energy-Efficient Energy Star Products
Anyone shopping for a new refrigerator, TV or air conditioning system only needs to look for the small blue Energy Star symbol to know it’s a product that maximizes energy efficiency. On Monday, PG&E hosted a celebration of Energy Star’s 20th anniversary. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall attended and the utility received Energy Star’s Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence award.