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.
Wind Energy to the Rescue
Last month, clean, inexpensive wind energy helped major parts of the country cope with soaring demand for electricity as the “polar vortex” sent temperatures plunging across the Midwest and East Coast.
New Numbers Confirm PG&E’s Energy Among the Cleanest in Nation
PG&E remains one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country, based on new figures made available by The Climate Registry, a non-profit registry of greenhouse gas emissions for North America. PG&E’s carbon dioxide emissions rate was approximately 30 percent below the California average and about one-third of the national utility average in 2012.
How PG&E Helps Unlock the Potential of Energy Efficiency
PG&E, along with other California utilities, is in the forefront of creative efforts overcome hidden financing barriers that discourage many customers from making sensible investments in energy-efficient technology that could save them money and benefit the environment.
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.