Monthly Update: April 2020

By Posted on April 16, 2020
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Jim Saber

Jim Saber, President & CEO
NextEnergy

I hope that all of you reading this are healthy and staying safe. Like many of you, dealing with COVID-19 has presented many challenges to our daily lives and businesses. We continue to work from home to protect our team and their families while ensuring we can continue to support the changing needs of our clients and partners.

While we typically view the outcomes of our work to be measured by reduction of green-house gas emissions and moving towards a carbon free future, the impacts of COVID-19 are forcing our clients and partners to address overall safety and resiliency in addition to emissions of our mobility and energy systems.

With this, we are extremely proud to be supporting PlanetM launch new pilots which address impacts of COVID-19.

The PlanetM COVID-19 Pilot Grant program is addressing issues such as:

  • Delivering food and supplies
  • Expanding no-touch technology
  • Virus detection and prevention
  • Limiting human interaction
  • Testing for COVID-19 (increasing access and speed of results)
  • Protecting healthcare workers
  • Expanding hospital capacity

These pilots are great examples of leadership within the public and private sectors addressing issues and solving problems to make our communities cleaner, smarter, and more accessible.

I am also excited to be a part of the Digi.City Expert in Residence Program. Please check out the Internet of Things articles from Mike Beevor and look for my first energy article in the next week or so.

Stay tuned and continue to look for updates on our work and activities via our website and social media channels. Also, please feel free to connect with our team virtually. Stay safe and we thank you for doing your part to minimize the effects of COVID-19.

-Jim

saberj@nextenergy.org
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