Overview

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.


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.


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.

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