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.
PG&E, Other Utilities Test Hot Water Heaters as Virtual Grid Batteries
Energy storage — the so-called “holy grail” application that can potentially support power grid reliability, balance out the swings of wind and solar energy, and so much more. And, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, with the right technology, something as mundane as hot water heaters can serve this function.
PG&E Offering New Rebates for Solar Water Heating
PG&E is helping promote solar water heating by offering residential and business incentives for new solar thermal installations—mostly for supplementing traditional gas-fired water heaters, but also for new uses such as commercial space or process heating and even for solar cooling.
Clean Diesel Technology is a Matter of Life and Death
PG&E’s electrified bucket trucks save on fuel, require less maintenance and produce much less noise than traditional service vehicles, whose diesel engines must run continuously to power the booms that workers use to reach elevated locations. Most important, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog, they also reduce air pollution, which new scientific research suggests is a matter of life and death.
Bus Rapid Transit Hits the Tipping Point
Urban planners worldwide are taking a serious look at the proven potential of bus rapid transit (BRT) to carry people more flexibly and cost effectively than ever before. BRT lets buses shine by granting them dedicated roads and other facilities so passengers can enjoy many of the traditional advantages of trains without the high cost.But, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the United States is behind on this transportation solution.
Can Global Warming Be Real if it’s Cold Outside?
Very cold temperatures last month prompted some to scoff at climate change. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, research shows that people’s belief in and concern about global warming is affected by their perception of that day’s temperature.