April 8, 2014
PG&E’s celebration of its 100,000th solar customer reflects an amazing milestone, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. Thanks to the strong environmental ethic in our region, abundant sunshine, generous state and federal incentives and PG&E’s strong support, the utility now hosts about a quarter of all “rooftop solar” in the United States.
April 3, 2014
PG&E continues to chart its course as a national leader in renewable energy. The company is now home to more solar rooftop installations than any other place in the country. It has interconnected more than 100,000 solar rooftops, enabling more than 1,000 megawatts of rooftop solar power in its service area. That is enough to power about 225,000 customer homes for a year.
March 26, 2014
PG&E has reached an important milestone for California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard – the utility delivered 22.5 percent of its power from eligible renewable resources in 2013 and is on track to meet the state’s clean energy goals for 2020 and beyond.
February 11, 2014
Last month, clean, inexpensive wind energy helped major parts of the country cope with soaring demand for electricity as the “polar vortex” sent temperatures plunging across the Midwest and East Coast.
February 6, 2014
PG&E remains one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country, based on new figures made available by The Climate Registry, a non-profit registry of greenhouse gas emissions for North America. PG&E’s carbon dioxide emissions rate was approximately 30 percent below the California average and about one-third of the national utility average in 2012.
January 30, 2014
Energy storage — the so-called “holy grail” application that can potentially support power grid reliability, balance out the swings of wind and solar energy, and so much more. And, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, with the right technology, something as mundane as hot water heaters can serve this function.
January 14, 2014
As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, California passed 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar production last week.
January 9, 2014
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.
December 31, 2013
Typical residential customers of PG&E will see a forecast increase of about 2.8 percent, or $3.38, in their combined natural gas and electric bills due to rate changes on January 1 to pay for higher wholesale energy purchase costs as well as work to maintain and modernize the utility’s infrastructure to meet higher levels of safety and reliability.
December 27, 2013
PG&E generates clean electricity from many sources, including wind, solar and geothermal. This year, the utility began a pilot project to see if power could be generated from stored, compressed air. This look at Energy Supply is the second in a series of year-end wrap-ups on Currents.
December 10, 2013
The wind industry once again this year faces the possible demise of its 2.3 cent-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, the on-again, off-again credits have led to a boom-and-bust cycle for investment in wind farms for many years.At the same time, tech companies are investing heavily in wind power.
November 26, 2013
Access to affordable raw materials remains a key step for future clean technology gains. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, some innovative projects funded by the DOE are working to make that happen.
November 7, 2013
PG&E has concluded the final year of a four-year hydroelectric safety and reliability project in Placer and Nevada counties. As this Currents video story shows, the work involved removing hazard trees from 3,200 acres of PG&E-owned land in the Sierra Nevada.
October 17, 2013
Today is the first-ever National Bioenergy Day. Here are five questions on bioenergy and how PG&E uses this clean-energy source.
October 1, 2013
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.