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.
September 30, 2013
With two planned maintenance and refueling outages scheduled at Diablo Canyon Power Plant in 2014, PG&E is again looking to hire workers to support these projects. Opportunities for outage work and full-time jobs at PG&E, as well as how local companies can do business with the utility, will be available at an information fair at the PG&E Energy Education Center in San Luis Obispo on Friday (Oct. 4).
September 24, 2013
California installed more than 521 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from April through June of this year, a quarterly record for any state and 53 percent of all new PV added in the United States for that period. And, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, every major California solar project mentioned in a news release is now selling power to PG&E and its customers under long-term contracts.
June 6, 2013
California doesn’t just lead the nation in clean energy and technology, it dominates. That’s the take-away from a new report that tracks availability of clean electricity, number of energy-efficient buildings and green jobs, among others.