Jim Saber, President & CEO
As we approach the first official week of summer, the NextEnergy team is planning for key events important to our mission of working with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities.
Coming up this week locally is Detroit Start Up Week, June 17-21 and the Hardware Tech Summit on June 19. Next month is the Arpa-e Energy Innovation Summit, July 8-10 in Denver; the Better Buildings Summit, July 10-11 in Arlington, VA, and the NIST Global City Team Challenge’s Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) Expo, July 10-12 in Washington D.C.
Then we return to Michigan for the annual PlugVolt Battery Seminar, July 16-18 in Plymouth. NextEnergy is pleased to be a sponsor of this excellent event which includes an entire day of in-depth training by Exponent on battery design considerations, manufacturing best practices, thermal runaway events, failure analyses, battery management systems (BMS) and more.
NextEnergy is also excited to report that the state’s two largest utilities (DTE and Consumers Energy) recently launched new programs to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Michigan. The programs — DTE’s Charging Forward and Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive — will include rebates and incentives for the installation of both residential and commercial EV charging stations, and critical consumer education programs on EV ownership. Make sure to visit their websites to learn more about these programs we believe are key to increasing EV adoption in Michigan.
Bringing it all together is this month’s blog from Tim Slusser, “Worries over battery life shouldn’t deter your EV purchase.” Make sure to check it out and share with your friends and colleagues to help support a more connected, cleaner future for mobility in Michigan.
As always, please feel free to reach out if you want to connect on any of these topics.