June 2020
Monthly Update
Jim Saber, President & CEO


I hope that all of you reading this are healthy and staying safe. Like many of you, our team has been working from home the last few months. As we all continue to adjust to the “new normal” we are working to finalize our plans to return to our office over the summer as we continue to launch new activities and projects that are accelerating our path to cleaner, smarter and more accessible communities and cities which I want to share with you. 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.
Impacts of Covid-19 on the Future of Mobility
By: Tim Slusser
Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

In Michigan, the stay-at-home order was called Stay Home Stay Safe. In California, it was called Shelter in Place. As the quarantine continued for weeks, we went from wondering how much the pandemic would change our way of life to considering how we approach planning for our new normal.

At the time of writing, Michigan approaches its 12th and final week under the Stay Home Stay Safe order. There has been a lot of uncertainty about this virus and now that we begin to lift restrictions, do we have enough certainty to find our new mobility normal? Here are a few of my takeaways to help shape a discussion on this topic. Read more.
Five Key Takeaways from the Fifth Annual Grid Modernization Forum
By: Eric McDonald, Director,
Facilities & Infrastructure Development

The 2020 Grid Modernization Forum was held virtually on May 19th and 20th. Sponsored by the Smart Grid Observer, the forum gathers industry leaders to view and discuss the latest developments in electrical grid resilience, power distribution and transmission, smart grids and distributed energy resources.

NextEnergy’s Director of Infrastructure Eric McDonald attended the event and moderated a panel exploring electric vehicle-charging infrastructure and its impact on the grid with leaders from Consumers Energy, eCAMION and OSSIACO. Eric shares five key takeaways from the event. 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, as well as fostering joint development efforts to advance energy storage solutions.
Upcoming Virtual Conferences
The Michigan Energy Providers Conference is a forum to educate individuals regarding energy issues, enable partnerships within the industry, and facilitate communication regarding energy policy in Michigan.

CAR MBS is an exceptional forum to hear from industry visionaries as they deliver thought-provoking talks and engage in lively panels about the future of the global automotive industry.

The theme for the 2020 Summer Study is “Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future.” This theme is in recognition of the rapidly evolving ecosystem of the energy industry.
Nominate a 40 Under 40 Leader Working to Accelerate America’s Transition to a Clean Energy Economy! 
NextEnergy is a proud partner of the 6th annual Energy News Network ‘40 Under 40’ awards program that seeks to highlight emerging leaders and innovators from across the U.S. who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

The program is open to all who are under 40 at the time of their nomination. We are looking to showcase leaders and innovators from all backgrounds to include: industry, government, regulatory, hospitality, business, technology, academia, nonprofits, science, agriculture, storytelling, environmental justice, grassroots, the arts, and advocacy—and nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm CT on August 7. 

Do you know a strong emerging leader and/or innovator who fits these criteria? Nominate your leader(s) today.
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: BloombergNEF
What makes it interesting: A good article on the global pricing of renewable VS fossil fuel energy and trends moving forward.
Latonya Binford, Accountant
Media: The New York Times
What makes it interesting: It may seem like bad timing to start a new business during a downturn, but there are several reasons that indicate the opposite: higher than normal available work force, less competition for resources, uncharted customer needs, and lower interest rates on loans for start-up capital--just to name a few.
Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives
Media: ABC News
What makes it interesting: Germany's announcement is reinforcing the fact that hydrogen is here to stay and will play a pivotal role in energy independence for many nations going forward.
Angella Durkin, Chief Operating Officer
Media: Mass Transit
What makes it interesting: This article provides a global look at how different cities adapted their mass transit system to meet community needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Eric McDonald, Director, Faculties & Infrastructure Development
Media: The New York Times
What makes it interesting: Illegal clear cutting of the Amazon rainforest has increased since the onset of the coronavirus in Brazil. President Bolisonaro favors expanding commercial development into the Amazon and the Environment Minister in April remarked that he saw the pandemic as an opportunity to reduce enforcement on illegal logging.
Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Department
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.
Funding Opportunities
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Deadline: Aug. 21, 2020
Awards: $4M

The intent of this proposal is to seek out new opportunities to accelerate the transformational advances in science and engineering necessary to reduce material criticality for energy innovation, with specific emphasis on industrial relevance, participation, and adoption.

Deadline: TBD
Awards: TBD

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on BTO’s windows research and development and its future directions and priorities. To clarify these, BTO developed the Research and Development Opportunities report, which is structured around four key areas.

Deadline: July 20, 2020
Awards: TBD

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks feedback to better understand where research goals for building envelopes can be refined. It requests feedback on planned technical objectives, technical targets, tools, and overall research and development (R&D) activities and estimates of program impacts. To clarify future directions and priorities to address this, the RFI requests feedback on five key areas of technology R&D, including ultra-high R/in insulation materials, envelope diagnostic technologies, modeling tools, envelope remediation technologies, tunable transport materials and energy storage systems.

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2020
Awards: $1M

The Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program seeks to develop the Tribal management, organizational and technical capacity needed to maximize the economic impact of energy resource development on American Indian and Native Alaskan land. TEDC grants equip Federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Federally recognized Tribal entities to regulate and manage their energy resources through development of organizational and business structures and legal and regulatory infrastructure.

Deadline: July 27, 2020
Awards: $30M

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks applications for multiple areas of interest outlined in the DOE’s August 2019 report on the Status of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Program, but are not limited to small-scale (nominally 5-25 kWe) distributed generation SOFC systems, hydrogen production from Solid State Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC) systems, reversible SOFC systems including improving and validating the materials and systems required for the improving the cost, performance and reliability of systems using natural gas or coal-derived syngas as fuel and cleaning of coal-derived syngas for use as SOFC fuel and testing of single and multiple cells on syngas.

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