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A Phenomenal Year of Accelerating Solutions for Cleaner, Smarter, and More Accessible Communities

By Posted on December 15, 2022
Jim Saber

Jim Saber, President & CEO


As 2022 comes to a close, I hope everyone can find time to gather and celebrate with family and friends. This has been a year of tremendous growth and opportunity for NextEnergy, and I want to share some highlights with all of you.

NextEnergy is partnering with Park Rite Parking to lead the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL), a partnership between Bedrock, Bosch, Ford and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In 2023, $300,000 in testing support grants will be available to industry for solutions for last-mile mobility, sustainable parking and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure enhancement! Please reach out to Lauren Mattar to learn how you can leverage the lab and apply for testing grants.

Throughout the year, we made great additions to our growing team. Bill Siddall joined us as our Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him years of automotive, engineering, and program management experience. Lauren Mattar joined to lead our Michigan Mobility Funding Platform and Hydrogen work. Maggie Striz Calnin and Jamie Leonard

joined to lead our team through our affiliation with Michigan Clean Cities. And just this month, Camille Thomas came on board to add expertise to our accounting and finance team.

Our team made great progress within our programs that support cleaner, smarter, and more accessible communities. Our mobility highlights include:

  • Facilitating 12 new real-world deployments within the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform (MMFP) and the continued support of 13 deployments that were launched in 2021
  • Launching 12 new grants for testing and demonstration within the MMFP test sites
  • Supporting the development of the first-in-the-U.S. Wireless Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Road System in Detroit, Michigan, with Electreon and partners
  • Completing the 400kW extreme fast charging program with Delta Electronics, DTE Energy, and General Motors.
  • Partnering with Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification on the testing and proving pillar within the $52M U. S. Economic Development Administration Global Epicenter of Mobility initiative
  • Securing statewide designation from the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) expanding the services of Michigan Clean Cities to all Michigan communities
  • Launching the Affordable Mobility Platform project—EV Car Sharing system deployment at affordable housing communities—with the US DOE, Forth Mobility, and Elevate
  • Leading Michigan efforts in the EMPOWER workplace charging program—outreach, education, and recruitment activity—toward securing commitment by employers to install EV charging stations at the workplace. The project team will also support identifying funding and partnership opportunities to help cover the cost of EV charging stations and installation

Our Smart Cities highlights include:

  • Publicly launching MiNextCities as part of the Catalyst Communities initiative with our partner Public Sector Consultants  , a first-of-its-kind initiative to work with small to midsized cities in developing tailored, scalable smart city solutions that address some of the most pressing challenges facing Michigan communities
  • Developing technology deployment recommendations based on months-long community engagement, research, and feasibility analyses
  • Exploring and prioritizing solutions across a broad range of issue areas, including flooding and stormwater management, fleet electrification, building decarbonization, advanced lighting controls, air quality monitoring, and next-generation mobility infrastructure for deployment in 2023
  • Working with 5 Lakes Energy , Elevate, and Michigan Energy Options to support Traverse City Light & Power in its climate action plan development

As we approach the New Year, please stay tuned for updates on our work and activities via our website, social media platforms, and as always please feel free to connect with our team.

– Jim


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