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.
Carbon Taxes: Climate Savior or Trojan Horse?
In this NEXT100 blog, Jonathan Marshall points to British Columbia as an example where a carbon tax has had a positive impact. That said, it still seems unachievable in the United States.
Smartphones vs. Refrigerators: Which are the Energy Hogs?
The blogosphere is abuzz with the shocking claim — originating with coal industry consultant Mark Mills — that “when you count everything that matters, the average iPhone consumed more energy last year than a medium-sized refrigerator.” The larger point Mills was trying to make is that the digital economy consumes vast amounts of electricity, for which more coal-fired generators are needed.
Wildfires — A Taste of What’s to Come
As of last week, fires had burned 3.4 million acres across the United States this year, including 1.25 million acres in Alaska, where summer temperatures have shattered records.Blame climate change, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog, as he quotes from a new report on its impact on California.
California Still Tops in Renewable Energy Rankings
California held onto its No. 1 spot in Ernst & Young’s “United States renewable energy attractiveness indices” for 2012. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the state ranked first in all renewables, solar and geothermal, and second in biomass and “infrastructure” (a measure of grid connectivity and state mandates for renewable energy).
Drive Efficiently — and Save Gas
Driving efficiently — including keeping tires properly inflated, avoiding sudden starts and stops, and slowing down — can save fuel and money, writes Jonathan Marshall in this NEXT100 blog.