May 2020
Monthly Update
Jim Saber, President & CEO


I hope that all of you reading this are healthy and staying safe as we continue to adjust to the “new normal”. The NextEnergy team has been quite productive this month! I am excited to share with you new activities and projects that we are launching which accelerate our path to cleaner, smarter, and more accessible communities and cities.

Earlier this month, the round five recipients of the PlanetM Pilot program were announced . Our team is now working with each company to finalize agreements and launch their solutions in Detroit, East Lansing, Lansing and Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

NextEnergy is also thrilled to be part of a dynamic team led by EcoWorks, which has been selected by the City of Detroit Office of Sustainability to lead the creation of Detroit's Climate Strategy.   Read more.

Whether you are an innovator offering smart mobility or smart grid technology solutions, or a community, city or organization in need of solutions to address your most pressing challenges; our established network can provide opportunities and connections to help you achieve your goals.
Featured Blog
New City Revenue from Familiar Sources
By: Matt Willenbrink, EVP
Sales & Marketing at FYBR

It’s no surprise that thousands of U.S. cities are anticipating significant budget cuts this year. The widespread financial chaos isn’t sparing any sector, and communities large and small are hurting. Sharp declines in tax revenues due to closing businesses are already causing cities to slash expenditures and, barring new developments, we can soon expect reductions in local public safety agencies, police department staff, public works, and more. It makes sense then, that investigating ways to rapidly inject revenue into cities has taken on a new urgency. Read more.
Featured Event
Save the Date!

NextEnergy is proud to be a Supporting Organization for the 2020 PlugVolt Battery Seminar October 6-8th in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

This seminar will provide an entire day of technical tutorials on fundamental materials’ challenges for electrochemical energy storage, opportunities and challenges with solid-state batteries, best design practices for cell engineering, battery modeling and health monitoring, second life design considerations for energy storage, etc. as well as fostering joint development efforts to advance energy storage solutions.
Upcoming Virtual Conferences
What we're reading

We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful! For more recommendations you can explore past editions on our website .
Jim Saber, President & CEO
Media: Utility Drive
What makes it interesting: Takes a fresh look at the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy working hand in hand.
Latonya Binford, Accountant
What she's reading: Go Teal for Growth
Media: SF Magazine
What makes it interesting: Small business has always been particularly sensitive to most environmental changes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in many cases, it is essential that small businesses are able to quickly adapt and/or pivot for survival. This article discusses the Teal organization structure type whose three main characteristics enable a business, especially a small business, to become more nimble.
Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development
Media: Meeting of the Minds
What makes it interesting: Development and adoption of smart city solutions has always required citizen engagement. And now as well as looking ahead, I think this will be critically important to a staged and sustainable reopening process.
Eric McDonald, Director, Faculties & Infrastructure Development
Media: T&D World
What makes it interesting: Opening and closing the refrigerator more? Pecan Street, an organization in Austin Texas analyzes data collected from homes in its network since the novel coronavirus first impacted Texas.
Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives
Media: Ballard blog
What makes it interesting: Our current global situation has generated a lot of discussion on what we can do to better address climate change (i.e. stay home, travel less, etc.). This interview with Jack Brouwer at UC Irvine details the role that hydrogen can play to help achieve a carbon free future.
Funding Opportunities
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Funding Opportunities

Wave 3 Proposal Due: June 19, 2020
Wave 4 Proposal Due: June 8, 2020
Awards: $7M
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) seeks to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America’s manufacturing sector. CESMII released two project calls to fund research and development (R&D) projects that align with the institute’s goal of accelerating smart manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data, and platforms and controls.
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Deadline: June 29, 2020
Awards: $2M
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) co-operative agreements for pre-competitive research in homebuilding technologies that provide the homebuilding industry with new, innovative construction products or practices that lead to more affordable, energy efficient, resilient (in this sense, durable, disaster resistant, adaptable for future requirements, and maintainable), and healthier housing. HUD is specifically interested in receiving applications that focus on aspects of residential construction related to factory-built housing and components and/or resilience.
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Deadline: Aug. 11, 2020
Awards: $30M
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks to address gaps in domestic supply chains for key critical materials for clean energy technologies to, enable domestic manufacturing of high energy efficiency and high energy density clean energy technologies; diversify the domestic supply of critical materials; and validate and demonstrate domestic innovative technologies to support the transition to U.S. manufacturing.
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Deadline: Late September 2020
Awards: $3M
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks proposals that support the use of U.S. National Laboratory supercomputing resources to strengthen domestic manufacturing. Under this proposal, competitively selected project teams will work with the labs to apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis to achieve energy, material, and cost savings in manufacturing.
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