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.
The Media and Climate Change: Room for Improvement
Implementing effective policies to combat global climate disruption is a huge challenge. But it’s immensely more difficult when organized interests cultivate doubt about the overwhelming consensus of scientists that humans are responsible for global warming.
Changing the World with Biochar, One Project at a Time
PG&E’s Ray Gallian wants to change the world for the better with biochar, the carbon-rich residue of organic matter baked in the absence of oxygen. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his Next100 blog, Gallian is the founder of the non-profit Sonoma Biochar Initiative, which was recently awarded a $75,000 grant to test the efficacy of making and using biochar to improve the health of farm soils.
Winners of PG&E-Sponsored Design Competition Celebrate Energy Efficiency and Affordability
Winners were announced today in the Architecture at Zero Competition. The event, sponsored by PG&E and the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects, challenged competitors to design a 150-unit, mixed-used apartment building – and to make it as affordable and low in net energy consumption as possible
Every Day Should be National Weatherization Day
It may not be well known, but there’s a lot to celebrate about National Weatherization Day, which recognizes the country’s many contributors to improving the energy efficiency of America’s homes.
Let Your Mouse do the Driving . . . to RideNerd.com
RideNerd.com is a promising new tool for buyers who appreciate hard data almost as much as the shape and color of a car’s body. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, website provides extensive environmental data on manufacturing and driving emissions, including the number of cubic meters of water used in production, the kilowatt-hours of energy per car made, and CO2 and methane emissions per mile driven.