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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!

Latonya Binford, Accountant

What she’s reading: Efforts to boost energy efficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic: Part 1

Source: Environment America

What makes it interesting: With the rise of energy consumption since March of 2020, three major efforts by municipalities and utilities to get energy efficiency levels back on track are identified: building electrification & efficiency initiatives, rebates & retrofits, and appliance efficiency standards.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: Innovative geothermal micro-district concept moves ahead in Massachusetts

Media: Energy News Network

What makes it interesting: Geothermal systems — also referred to as ground-source heat pumps, are not a new concept, but what is new is the district idea of connecting multiple customers in a shared community loop system.

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development

What he’s reading: Boulder to Explore How EVs Can Reduce Building Energy Costs, and Green Mountain Power Deploys V2G Charger to Reduce Demand on Grid

Media: T&D World

What makes it interesting: “Cities and utilities are beginning to adopt vehicle to grid and vehicle to building to make an impact on their electric usage and integration to the grid. With their new electric vehicle fleets, cities and utilities are seeing the possibilities of EVs other than strictly as transportation.

NextEnergy partnered with FCA using a fleet of Fiat EVs at our microgid in 2015 to demonstrate the potential of V2B and V2G. Glad to see this technology moving forward.”

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Biden wants an all-electric federal fleet. The question is: How will he achieve it?

Media: The Washington Post

What makes it interesting: Biden’s plan to convert the entire federal fleet is commendable. The challenge lies in that no vehicles are currently eligible based on the guidelines. That being said, there’s a lot of money to spent converting more than 600,000 vehicles and companies will most certainly be looking for ways to meet guidelines in order to benefit from those sales.

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