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.
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.
Project in Mojave Desert Ignites Solar Race
Solar thermal trails photovoltaics in the race to be the top solar technology, but a project in the Mojave Desert could be the start of a comeback. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the Ivanpah project that uses more than 170,000 mirrors to track the sun, has been connected to the grid for the first time. PG&E customers will get some of this clean power.
As Top Solar Projects Come Online, PG&E Customers Benefit
California installed more than 521 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from April through June of this year, a quarterly record for any state and 53 percent of all new PV added in the United States for that period. And, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, every major California solar project mentioned in a news release is now selling power to PG&E and its customers under long-term contracts.
What’s the Most Energy-Efficient City?
San Francisco ties for third on list for the most energy-efficient American cities while Sacramento and San Jose are not far behind.
How to Fix the Environment by Fixing Nitrogen
A recent report says nitrogen fertilizers and manure are agriculture’s main contributor to the “greenhouse effect.” A new technology could help farmers drastically reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizers by inserting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of all their crops.