March 2020
Monthly Update
Jim Saber, President & CEO

With the emergence of COVID-19, we are certainly in uncharted waters. One thing I am certain of; the situation at the time you’re reading this has evolved from when I wrote this introduction. The world is changing that fast.

Like many of you, dealing with COVID-19 has presented challenges to our daily lives and businesses. At NextEnergy, we have implemented “work from home” policies and procedures to protect our team and their families while ensuring our work continues and that we are as available and accessible to our clients and partners as we can be. 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.
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Three emerging trends and applications to accelerate our path to a carbon-free future
 Jim Saber
President and CEO

NextEnergy envisions a future where the energy that powers our homes, businesses and vehicles is 100 percent carbon free. To achieve this vision, we help our partners test new solutions and develop sustainable business models to create a better quality of life for all.

Currently, 65 percent of our electricity is generated from fossil fuels. While the remaining 35 percent originates from carbon-free sources, such as nuclear and renewable energy, the transportation and mobility sectors are more than 90 percent fossil-fuel based. These sectors especially have a significant opportunity to implement renewable technologies. Today, electricity only makes up 1 percent of our transportation energy. Though this figure is expected to increase considerably in the coming years, as electric vehicles and other technologies are brought to market, we have a long way to go.

So, what emerging technologies and trends will help us get there faster? The NextEnergy team has identified three such approaches, with scalable solutions, that can accelerate our path toward a carbon-free future. Read more.
In Case You Missed It!
Lighting Technology Energy Solutions (LiTES) Program demonstrates benefits of advanced/network lighting controls
Nathalie Osborn, Director, Smart Grid Initiatives

In February 2020, NextEnergy wrapped up the Lighting Technology Energy Solutions (LiTES) Program, a three-year public-private partnership with DTE, Consumers Energy and the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center (EITC).

The LiTES Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, sought to reduce energy use in small and medium commercial buildings by accelerating the adoption of advanced/networked lighting controls (ALC/NLC) through contractor training and technology deployment.  Read more.
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 .
Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Department
Media: U.S. Department of Transportation
What makes it interesting: This report summarizes how adverse weather and road conditions affect vehicle sensors and perception systems and how drivers react to or take back control from their vehicles.
Eric McDonald, Director, Faculties & Infrastructure Development
Media: City Lab
What makes it interesting: The tree canopy covers 21% of London. This tree cover is estimated to lead to avoidance of over $1 billion USD annually in air conditioning costs.
Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives
Media: Forbes
What makes it interesting: The hype of autonomous vehicles was surely overblown a few years ago, however, that isn't necessarily a bad thing for the end consumer. Scott Corwin discusses how we can focus on the desired outcomes such as safety, emissions, congestion, convenience, access and equity. Only when we put these outcomes first, will we best understand how to implement AV's, once they're ready.
Angella Durkin, Chief Operating Officer
Media: Forbes
What makes it interesting: End users are more than a source of data for a smart city project. True engagement and co-innovation will be key to building our smart cities of the future.
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We at NextEnergy are a Supporting Organization of the July 2020 Battery Seminar hosted by PlugVolt on July 21-23, 2020 in Plymouth, Michigan.

This event will feature an entire day of in-depth technical tutorials presented by world renowned professors from Top 50 US universities on Day 1, followed by Days 2 and 3 with industry subject matter experts presenting on Automotive and Stationary Storage applications respectively. Attendees will also get an exclusive opportunity to tour A123 Systems' new Novi, Michigan facility.

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Deadline: June 3, 2020
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The DOE will be continuing its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. 
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Deadline: Apr. 27, 2020
Awards: $10M
The USDA seeks to assist communities with extremely high energy costs where the average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average. Eligible projects also include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation projects for eligible communities.
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The goal of this planned FOA would be to demonstrate the ability of efficient buildings to interact with the grid to provide demand flexibility. This includes the ability to shift and modulate load in both existing and new communities across diverse climates, geography, building types and grid/regulatory structures, while maintaining (if not enhancing) occupant satisfaction and productivity. 
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Deadline : TBD
Awards : $100,000
Michigan Match Assistance Pilot Program (MMAPP) managed by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) provides cost share support to eligible Michigan businesses awarded a federal clean energy technology development grant.
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