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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 Development

What he’s reading: One Florida community built to weather hurricanes endured Ian with barely a scratch

Media: NPR

What makes it interesting: Designing resilient neighborhoods is a must for future community developments. This community shows what can be accomplished now with little to no reliance on fossil fuels.

Kate Bell, Program Manager

What she’s reading: City of Pittsburgh Launches Guaranteed Basic Mobility Research Pilot Program

Media: City of Pittsburgh

What makes it interesting: Several cities have launched targeted mobility pilot programs, but Pittsburgh is taking a unique approach: offering the entire array of the city’s Move PGH initiative’s shared mobility and transportation options to 50 eligible participants. The pilot aims to study the benefits of a whole suite of transit options – public transit, e-scooters, Zipcars, and bikeshare services – rather than focusing on one mobility type. Results from this pilot will be used to inform city officials about financial barriers across all transportation types and how each mode (or a combination thereof) can improve economic, health, and social outcomes for Pittsburgh residents.

Lauren Mattar, Technical Program Manager

What she’s reading: Do Electric Scooters Reduce Car Use?

Media: Georgia Tech

What makes it interesting: In 2019, the city of Atlanta banned e-scooters and e-bikes in the city from 9pm-4am. Researchers at Georgia Tech studied the effects of this ban on commute times and showed that the average commute times increased by around 10%. Their study estimates that overall, micromobility solutions can save approx. 17.4% in travel time across the US.

Jamie Leonard, Research and Program Analyst

What he’s reading: Michigan Public Service Commission Approves DTE’s PAYS Pilot for Electric Transit Buses

Media: Clean Energy Works

What makes it interesting: Transit buses present an ideal opportunity for vehicle electrification, as their fixed routes and downtimes allow for routine charging times. A significant barrier to their electrification is the high upfront cost of electric-drive buses, which this financing program hopes to address.

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