Clean Energy


April 8, 2014

Rooftop Solar: A Growing Part of the Clean Energy Mix

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.

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April 3, 2014

With 100,000 Rooftop Installations, Solar Shines Brightly at PG&E

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.

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March 26, 2014

PG&E Surpasses 20 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone, On Track for 2020 Goals

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

Wind Energy to the Rescue

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.

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February 6, 2014

New Numbers Confirm PG&E’s Energy Among the Cleanest in Nation

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

PG&E, Other Utilities Test Hot Water Heaters as Virtual Grid Batteries

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.

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January 14, 2014

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.

January 9, 2014

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.

December 31, 2013

PG&E Electric, Gas Rates to Change at Start of 2014

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.

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December 27, 2013

Year in Review: One of Nation’s Cleanest Power Producers Looks to Add Even More Clean Energy

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

Wind Energy: Boom Today, Uncertain Tomorrow

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

New Ways to Mine Metals for Clean Technology

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.

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November 7, 2013

VIDEO: Timber Harvest Brings Long-term Benefits to PG&E Customers and Forest

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

Five Questions: About National Bioenergy Day and How PG&E Uses This Clean Energy Source

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

Which Clean Technology Will Have the Biggest Impact?

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.

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