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.
How to Stop Flushing Away California’s Water
With help from PG&E and several other major energy utilities, California officials are working one solution to the state’s critical drought: new efficiency standards for toilets, urinals, and faucets, which could save billions of gallons of water — and hundreds of millions of dollars — each year.
PG&E Collaborates on UC Davis Campus Home That’s the Ultimate in Energy Savings
A zero-net-energy house on the UC Davis campus uses less than half the energy of a typical house of the same size. In fact, the house, sponsored by Honda and PG&E, generates more energy than it uses and is three times more water efficient, too.
E-Cycling: 620 Million Pounds and Counting
Companies such as PG&E are paying attention to e-waste, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. That’s good because Americans generate enough e-waste each year to fill five NFL stadiums.
Save Fuel by Driving Smart
A new study by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory quantifies the impact on fuel economy of various common vehicle accessories (such as cargo carriers) and conditions (such as low tire pressure or open windows). Even if you just aspire to save money and spare the environment by operating your car more efficiently, you should check out its findings.
No Good Fences for Global Air Pollution
The old adage “good fences make good neighbors” may still hold for New England towns, but not for the global environment. No fences can keep what goes out of a smokestack in one community from coming down to pollute another community hundreds or thousands of miles away.