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.
Can Demitarians Save the Planet?
You probably won’t be surprised to learn from a new study by three European researchers that people will have to dramatically alter their consumption patterns to contain global warming. Some suggest that eating less meat can help, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.
261 Miles Per Gallon, Anyone?
Building lightweight cars could hold the key to increasing fuel economy, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.
VIDEO: PG&E Tests Battery Storage for Cleaner, More Reliable Energy
As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, utilities and regulators are looking to energy storage as a way to fine-tune the clean but intermittent supply of wind and solar power coming to the grid. And, as this Currents video story shows, PG&E is testing battery-storage technology with partners in two projects in Vacaville and San Jose.
PG&E’s Clean Energy Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
PG&E continued to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from its delivered electricity in 2011, achieving the lowest level of emissions since PG&E started publicly reporting in 2003. As Matthew Sturm writes in the NEXT100 blog, PG&E cut the total CO2 emissions from its electricity sales by about 6 percent in 2011 and its emissions rate fell 12 percent per megawatt-hour of electricity delivered to its customers.
Energy Efficiency: A Worthy Goal, But Not Enough
In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama called on a new goal for America over the next 20 years — reducing by half the energy wasted in homes and businesses.