Jim Saber, President & CEO
One of NextEnergy’s greatest strengths is the strong network of partners we have built over the last 17 years. Until now, aside from opting in to receive our newsletter or other industry-related communications, there was no formal mechanism to participate in our more active partner network. This is why I am excited to introduce a new way to engage with us. Whether you represent a small startup, a large corporate entity or a community or city looking to deploy smart grid or smart mobility solutions, you can now apply to “Join our Network” on our website. From experience, we know that successful collaboration between public and private partners is essential to our mission to accelerate solutions for smarter, cleaner, more accessible communities and cities. We hope you will consider joining us and share this with others.
Fall is getting off to a great start with a flurry of activity for our team. Earlier this month, Tim Slusser lead an afternoon session at The Battery Show as part of the Open Tech Forum sponsored by the MEDC featuring presentations from University of Michigan Battery Lab, Delta Products, Ossiaco, American Battery Solutions, and Avid UK highlighting developments in energy storage and electric vehicle infrastructure. The forum ended with a panel discussion focused on collaboration with FCA, DTE Energy, US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center and Advanced Propulsion Center UK.
Two significant activities for our team this month related to EV infrastructure are the announcement that we will be teaming up with the Downtown Detroit Partnership to develop strategy and planning for educating consumers, businesses and communities about the benefits of EVs for Project Kinetic’s ChargeD pilot, and the release of Tim Slusser’s white paper: Electric vehicle charging Infrastructure: current challenges and impacts of EV adoption in the U.S.
We are also looking forward to the Rise Up and Drawdown conference on September 25 in Grand Rapids where Nathalie Osborn, our director of smart grid initiatives will moderate the “Set your GPS to Michigan’s Future Mobility” panel with The Rapid, the City of Grand Rapids, and the City of Detroit.
Whether you engage with us as newsletter subscriber or are someone we partner with regularly, I want you to know how much we appreciate your partnership and passion for creating a smarter, cleaner more accessible world for all citizens. As always, feel free to reach out to me at any time to discuss how we can work together to make it happen.