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.
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.
The California Energy Picture: Dirtier in 2012
Energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions dropped 3.8 percent across the United States in 2012 to levels last seen in 1994.California bucked that trend with a jump of 10.7 percent in CO2 emissions. Jonathan Marshall explains why in his NEXT100 blog.
The U.S. Energy Picture: Cleaner and More Efficient — For Now
The plague known as “Washington gridlock” has all but disabled national energy policy of late. So, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, it’s both surprising and heartening for anyone concerned about climate disruption to learn that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions across the United States declined sharply last year
PG&E Helps Customers Save Energy By Saving Water
Purifying, pumping and heating water accounts for 19 percent of California’s electricity consumption. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, PG&E and water utilities have programs to help customers save water — and energy.
Solar Decathlon Showcases Amazing Clean Technology
Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has challenged 112 collegiate teams to design affordable, efficient, attractive, and comfortable homes that produce more than enough energy for lighting, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. This year, an innovative house struck the fancy of Jonathan Marshall, as he writes in his NEXT100 blog.