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.
America’s Vehicles Are Going Farther on Less Gas
New vehicles in 2012 achieved an average 23.6 miles per gallon, 1.2 miles better than the previous year. Even so, automakers still have a long way to go to meet the federal standard of 54.5 mph by 2025.
Six-Cent Gasoline is a Fool’s Bargain
Major petroleum-producing countries around the world spend billions of dollars — and deplete their own oil reserves — to subsidize consumption of gasoline and diesel fuel. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, a recent study by an economist at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business calculates the total subsidy for those transportation fuels at $110 billion last year.
Target the Super-Pollutants
Two members of Congress from California are co-sponsoring legislation that could put a finger in the dike to hold back global climate disruption long enough for the world to transition away from fossil fuels, which cause greenhouse gas emissions.The Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, takes aim at climate pollutants whose warming potential dwarfs that of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas.
Electric Vehicles: More Affordable Than You Think
As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, millions of American consumers are unaware of how affordable electric vehicles have become.
Wind Energy: Boom Today, Uncertain Tomorrow
The wind industry once again this year faces the possible demise of its 2.3 cent-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the on-again, off-again credits have led to a boom-and-bust cycle for investment in wind farms for many years.At the same time, tech companies are investing heavily in wind power.