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.
East Bay Cities Set the Pace for Fast-Track Solar Installations
Nine citites along the East Bay’s “Green Corridor” launched a standardized permitting process for the most common photovoltaic systems for single-family homes. As Jonathan Marshall says in his NEXT100 blog, this initiative will dramatically reduce the wait time for basic solar permits.
How the Smart Grid Pays Off
The national Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative just issued a major report documenting benefits on the order of $100 per customer per year from real-world smart grid implementations. And, as Jonathan Marshall says in his NEXT100 blog,PG&E appears to be investing in all the right areas to help consumers enjoy a big payoff from more efficient, more reliable and cleaner electric service.
Concrete Makers Combat Global Warming with Secrets from the Ancient Romans
Low-carbon cement could make building a green process. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, several Bay Area buildings have already used this new product.
Dung Beetles: Climate-Change Heroes?
Scientists at the University of Helsinki and Oxford University published evidence last month that dung beetles can slash the methane emissions from cow pats. That’s important, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog, because cattle-raising is responsible for an astounding 18 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
Which Clean Technology Will Have the Biggest Impact?
Solar is sexy, but when energy professionals were polled recently about “which clean technology will have the biggest impact over the next five years,” more than 40 percent pointed to energy efficiency and demand management.That no surprise to PG&E, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.