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.

Bus Rapid Transit Hits the Tipping Point

Urban planners worldwide are taking a serious look at the proven potential of bus rapid transit (BRT) to carry people more flexibly and cost effectively than ever before. BRT lets buses shine by granting them dedicated roads and other facilities so passengers can enjoy many of the traditional advantages of trains without the high cost.But, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the United States is behind on this transportation solution.

Can Global Warming Be Real if it’s Cold Outside?

Very cold temperatures last month prompted some to scoff at climate change. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, research shows that people’s belief in and concern about global warming is affected by their perception of that day’s temperature.

PG&E Helps California Set New Solar Record

As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, California passed 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar production last week.

Clean Energy Poll: And the Winner is . . .

Americans are largely united behind renewable energy and clean transportation, according to a new national consumer survey by Navigant Research — especially solar and wind power, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog.

How NASA May Help PG&E Measure the Snowpack

Measuring snowpack is vitally important to California. That’s why the new Airborne Snow Observatory, a collaboration of NASA and the state Department of Water Resource that uses weekly flights and remote sensing to measure snow depth and density, is of interest, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. PG&E, which has helped measure the snowpack for decades, is watching this aerial technology.

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