Board Prospectus

Our Mission

We work with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities.

What We Do

Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Since its inception, NextEnergy has worked with more than 400 companies, universities, federal agencies, and philanthropic organizations to drive more than $1.5 billion in advanced energy and mobility technology investments.

Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district with access to a microgrid, smart home, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an alternative fuels platform, we demonstrate and pilot technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences. This process helps us to quickly scale and deploy solutions by accelerating commercialization with a specific focus on smart mobility and smart grid.

Our depth of experience, technical knowledge and established network of partners have enabled us to develop effective programs and pilots and facilitate new relationships to help our clients achieve their commercialization goals.

Campus Assets

  • The Microgrid Pavilion is one of the first microgrid research pavilions in the nation, capable of mimicking any grid scenario in the world for testing and validating advanced energy and transportation technology solutions.
  • NextEnergy’s smart home is a 400 square foot “living lab” that is part smart home, part distributed generation and part direct current (DC) and accessed by many different industry partners to test and demonstrate their IoT technologies.
  • The campus’ Electric Vehicle Infrastructure includes 10 electric vehicle charging stations (bi-directional, wireless, fast, etc.), and supports RD&D of next generation infrastructure, including vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, vehicle-to-building and wireless charging.
  • The Alternative Fuels Platform provides infrastructure to support the fueling and testing of hydrogen and biofuel vehicles, as well as alternative fuel dispensing technologies and storage systems.
  • The Center’s Connected Building Technology capabilities integrate building-automation, Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), and home-automation into our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for testing purposes.
  • The Center is a USDOT-affiliated testbed for connected vehicles and includes DSRC capability.
  • The campus includes over 75 parking spots for connected and automated vehicles testing and demonstrations.
  • Many Advanced Lighting Technologies, including indoor and outdoor LED fixtures, off-grid fixtures, advanced lighting control systems, daylighting control systems and daylight emulators, are being demonstrated and commercialized at the Center, and may be integrated into other RD&D programs.

2018

• Executed an MOU with TechTown to establish an Urban Solutions Center
• Awarded  grant from Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) Initiative-funding a collaborative, sister-city partnership formed with fellow grantee and accelerator Prospect Silicon Valley
• Awarded incubatenergy network sponsorship with BP Ventures
• KPMG submitted a proposal to the City of Detroit with NextEnergy and CDAD as partners

2017

• In partnership with DTE and the Michigan Agency for Energy, submitted two proposals to the VW settlement
• Continued Detroit Mobility Solutions strategic conversations
• Launched 2017 and executed I-Corps Energy and Transportation training program (May/August 2017)
• Launched and executed the 2017 NextChallenge: Smart Cities technology challenge (June 2017)
• Launched LiTES program (May 2017)

2016

• Launched and executed 2016 I-Corps Energy and Transportation training program
• Launched and executed 2016 NextChallenge: Smart Cities technology challenge with sponsors Wells Fargo, DTE and DENSO
• Partnered with SAE Michigan Chapter with Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC)
• Pre-launched Lighting Technology Energy Solutions (LITES) program
• Added Maven Car Share vehicles at NextEnergy Center
• Launched E-Scooter Share Program at NextEnergy Center
• Launched M Drive Car Share Program at University of Michigan – Dearborn
• Participated in preliminary Detroit Mobility Solutions

2015

• Launched and executed 2015 I-Corps Energy and Transportation training program
• Detroit Smart City activities with DTE and DENSO
• Completed EDA Innovation Award infrastructure improvements
• Installed NextEnergy’s smart home IoT devices and energy systems
• Pre-launched the NextChallenge: Smart Cities technology challenge
• Partnered with SAE Michigan Chapter with Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC)
• Launched and executed the NextChallenge: Lighting technology challenges with sponsors Ford Motor Company and RecoveryPark

2014

• Hosted highly publicized ITS World Congress and Advanced Mobility Project events
• Launched vehicle-to-building (V2B) program, FCA Phase II
• Participated in Smart America Challenge with the USDOT and Bedrock
• Awarded DOE NIICE grant funding NextEnergy/ Clean Energy Trust (Chicago) as Midwest Clean Energy Accelerator

2013

• NextEnergy’s smart home delivered to NextEnergy campus
• Commissioned NextEnergy’s smart home and phase one of DC microgrid system
• Completed phase one of the V2G work with FCA

2012

• Commissioned Dual Bi-Directional Charging Module
• Launched Vehicle to Grid commerce project
• Launched advanced lighting demonstrations
• Received EDA grant to establish Advanced Energy Innovation Center
• Celebrated 10 year anniversary at an event on November 9, 2012

2011

• Launched smart grid supply chain analysis
• Launched ‘Green Economy Initiative’ with the City of Detroit
• Commissioned DC microgrid demonstration
• Launched Advanced Energy Storage Systems Initiative to accelerate industry cluster growth

2010

• Launched DOE vehicle electrification R&D program
• Tested electronic power, conditioning and control equipment at military installations
• Supported hundreds of manufacturing firms transition into growing energy markets

2009

• Began electric vehicle infrastructure R&D
• Vice President Biden visited NextEnergy and announced DOE vehicle electrification program ($1.3B to MI advanced battery companies)
• Installed first DC charging system with Nextek Power Systems’ Gateway

2008

• Launched wind, solar, battery and bio-energy supply chain analysis
• Launched the Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Pilot with DTE Energy
• Created the AETNetwork connection tool to link energy industry with universities
• Developed the Renewable Energy Mobile Utility System, a portable hybrid energy module

2007

• Tested first generation electronic power conditioning and control system for DoD
• President Clinton visited NextEnergy to tour its Michigan energy technology showcase
• Launched the mobile waste to energy R&D program for the DoD
• Developed a mini-plant that produces cellulosic biofuels from plant products

2006

• Commissioned hydrogen fueling station
• Deployed a Mercedes A-Class fuel cell vehicle for WSU campus police
• Launched fuel cell testing program with DTE and Rolls Royce on microgrid

2005

• Opened NextEnergy Center at 461 Burroughs in Detroit
• Commissioned the microgrid pavilion
• Began construction of alternative fuels platform
• Established the National Bio-Fuels Energy Lab
• Welcomed first lab partners

2004

• Began construction of the NextEnergy Center
• Partnered with Big Three on DOE-funded Hydrogen Codes & Standards program
• Launched industry working groups, such as the Hydraulic Hybrid Working Groups

2003

• Established first microgrid R&D and demonstration programs
• Collaborated on alternative energy technology curricula at Michigan colleges and universities

2002

• NextEnergy announced by Governor Engler and MEDC; temporary offices established in Detroit Fisher Building
• MI tax incentive legislation passed to support alternative energy technology development

FY19 Company Goals

Smart Mobility

  • Secure 2 new industry-financed smart mobility programs at $100K each by 4/30/2019
  • Secure $250K in funding from the VW settlement by 1/31/2019
  • Develop & submit 2 smart mobility federal program proposals $450K annually with partners by 6/30/2019
  • Develop Hydrogen program worth $200K annually for FY20

Smart Grid

  • Develop connected homes & buildings pilot project worth $150K by 4/30/2019
  • Develop & submit 2 smart grid federal program proposals $450K annually with partners by 6/30/2019
  • Leverage DOE BTO relationship to develop new topic to be included in FY20 FOA’s

Convening & Thought Leadership

  • Develop 3 NextEnergy positions on emerging tech topics by 3/31/2019
  • Develop a series of 5 convenings with key clients & sponsors
  • Establish an industry advisory council by 9/30/2019

Corporate Sponsorships

  • Secure 1 new smart mobility sponsor at $75K level by 3/31/19
  • Secure 2 new smart buildings, homes and infrastructure sponsors at $75K level by 6/30/2019
  • Secure $250K lead sponsor for NextChallenge by 2/28/2019
  • Secure 1 $300K grant from philanthropy by 3/31/2019

Operations

  • Launch new messaging, website and logo by 12/31/2018
  • Develop formal post-program or demo case study and key client storytelling process by 12/31/2018
  • Develop individual thought-leadership plans by 12/31/2018
  • Network participant updates automated through Salesforce by 2/28/2019
  • Integration of website leads into Salesforce by 2/28/2019

Audit and Finance Committee

Meets at least four times annually or more frequently as circumstances dictate.

The Audit and Finance Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities are to:

  • Monitor the integrity of the corporation’s financial accounting process and systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting, personnel policy management, information technology and use of assets;
  • Monitor the independence and performance of the corporation’s independent auditors;
    Assist the Board and its other committees in developing and implementing the corporation’s corporate governance guidelines; and
  • Provide an avenue of communication among the independent auditors, management, and Board of Director.

Nominating and Compensation Committee

Meets at least once annually or more frequently as circumstances dictate.

The Nominating and Compensation Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities are to:

  • Identify qualified individuals to become Board members;
  • Make recommendations regarding the composition of the Board of Directors and its committees;
    Monitor Board effectiveness;
  • Review and approve the corporation’s compensation structure for the President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer; and
  • Review and approve the corporation’s merit bonus plans and fringe benefit plans for the entire organization.

Fund Development Committee

Meets at least once annually or more frequently as circumstances dictate.

Committee Meeting Schedule

Listed below are the scheduled quarterly FY19 committee meeting dates:

Thursday, February 13, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
9:00 – 10:00a.m.: – Fund Development/Strategy
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: – Audit & Finance
11:00 -12:00p.m.: – Nominations & Compensation

Thursday, May 2, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
9:00 – 10:00a.m.: – Fund Development/Strategy
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: – Audit & Finance
11:00 -12:00p.m.: – Nominations & Compensation

Thursday, August 1, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
9:00 – 10:00a.m.: – Fund Development/Strategy
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: – Audit & Finance
11:00 -12:00p.m.: – Nominations & Compensation

Thursday, October 30, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
9:00 – 10:00a.m.: – Fund Development/Strategy
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: – Audit & Finance
11:00 -12:00p.m.: – Nominations & Compensation

Board Meeting Schedule

Listed below are the scheduled quarterly FY19 board meeting dates:

Thursday, February 21, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
Thursday, May 9, 2019:
 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
Thursday, August 8, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI
Thursday, November 7, 2019: 461 Burroughs, Detroit, MI

The time associated with each quarterly meeting will remain as follows:

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Board meeting with Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Executive Session