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.
Clean Tech Pays Off in China Trade
As President Obama has repeatedly emphasized, clean technology is not only the path to a better environment but to a stronger economy. Surprising evidence of that comes from a new report showing the United States enjoyed a $1.63 billion trade surplus with China in the clean energy sector in 2011.
Cleaning Up the Garbage Patch
The pollutions of our oceans is astonishing, including the vast and growing accumulation of deadly plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. A recent study by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography found a hundredfold increase in the concentration of tiny plastic fragments in the seas off California over the past four decades.
How Children’s Recovery Center Stretched its Energy Dollars
It’s a cliché but true: Successful organizations are those that discover how to benefit from change. Take a Santa Clara County children’s medical facility that saved thousands of dollars after changes made following a state-mandated new electric rate plan.
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.