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We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful!

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure

What he’s reading: Plastic Wars: Industry Spent Millions Selling Recycling — To Sell More Plastic


What makes it interesting: Truther than strange. Like “Thank You for Smoking” the plastics industry has spent millions of dollars to convince the public to recycle. But, the industry never saw recycling as viable, and in 40 years only 10 percent of plastics have been recycled. Now petroleum makes producing new plastic more economical than recycling. The industry expects to triple plastic production by 2050.

What he’s reading: COVID-19 is Changing Residential Electricity Demand

Media: T&D World

What makes it interesting: Opening and closing the refrigerator more? Pecan Street, an organization in Austin Texas analyzes data collected from homes in its network since the novel coronavirus first impacted Texas.

Jim Saber, President and CEO

What he’s reading: Downtime on the Microgrid

Source: The MIT Press

What makes it interesting: Interesting perspective on the grid, smart cities, and resiliency.

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy

Media: Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

What makes it interesting: The path to a hydrogen economy is becoming clearer. From this link: “A coalition of major oil and gas, power, automotive, fuel cell, and hydrogen companies have come together to develop a Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy. This comprehensive Road Map details how the U.S. can expand its global energy leadership, by scaling up activity in the rapidly emerging and evolving hydrogen economy, as policy makers and industry work together and take the right steps.”

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: Automated Vehicles and Adverse Weather

Media: U.S. Department of Transportation

What makes it interesting: This report summarizes how adverse weather and road weather conditions affect vehicle sensors and perception systems and how drivers react to or take back control from their vehicles. Key technology conclusion: vision only systems were overall the most affected by adverse weather, especially snow and ice.


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