Jim Saber, President & CEO
Happy New Year!
I hope that you all have enjoyed your holiday season and time with family and friends.
2020 is off to a fast start for the NextEnergy team with new activities which I want to share with you.
On January 22nd, we are hosting a Great Lakes Circular Economy Workshop with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development. Tim Slusser, our Director of Smart Mobility Initiatives is presenting on repurposing and recycling of electric vehicle batteries.
The deadline for the next round of PlanetM pilot grant program proposals is February 1, 2020.
We have a couple of key events as we wrap up the LiTES program. Nathalie Osborn, our Director of Smart Grid Initiatives will be presenting key finding at the United States Department of Energy 2020 Lighting R&D Workshop January 28-30, 2020 as well hosting our LiTES program key findings webinar on February 4, 2020. The LITES program is a collaborative effort between NextEnergy, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and the Detroit Joint Apprentice Training Center (DJATC), and the US Department of Energy. During the webinar, NextEnergy and our partners will provide survey results and M&V data analysis findings on energy savings, GHG emissions reductions, impacts of utility incentives and recommendations for overcoming market barriers to accelerate the adoption of advanced lighting controls in small and medium commercial buildings.
In February, we will launch a new smart mobility pilot deployment with AutoGuardian by SmartCone and the city of Grosse Point Park. SmartCone’s technology will intelligently sense pedestrians at the street crosswalk and visually alert oncoming drivers to improve safety at key intersections with significant pedestrian traffic within the city. Please look for an announcement coming soon with a specific date and time for the launch which will include a public demonstration.
Please stay tuned for future news on key NextEnergy initiatives and activities. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the team to discuss how we can work together to bring smarter, cleaner, and more accessible solutions to our communities and cities.