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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: Grid monitor warns of U.S. blackouts in ‘sobering report’

Media: E&E News

What makes it interesting: The North American Electric Reliability Corp warns of brownouts and blackouts this summer in the Midwest Texas and California. NERC cites as contributors to likely summer power outages: decreased electrical production as coal, natural gas and nuclear plants are being decommissioned; more common occurrences of extreme weather; and insufficient programming of power inverters which are meant to handle the link of power electronics controls from renewable generation to the high voltage grid.

Kate Bell, Program Manager

What she’s reading: Signals Along ‘Smart Spines’ Optimize Traffic Flow

Media: Route Fifty

What makes it interesting: Pittsburgh will soon have roughly 150 intersections equipped with adaptive signaling technology to improve traffic flows in eight high-priority corridors. The latest update: integrating bus traffic into the system to add more data used for analyzing traffic flows. In addition to reducing idling times at intersections and decreasing the start-stop nature of city driving, gathering this bus data could eventually help in prioritizing multi-passenger modes.

Lauren Mattar, Technical Program Manager

What she’s reading: Embracing micro-mobility innovation to reduce energy consumption and congestion in large cities

Media: Intelligent Transport

What makes it interesting: This article discusses the importance of micro-mobility being included in robust mobility solutions. Two and three wheel solutions have a number of benefits including “less mass, less energy, cleaner and less congested cities”, as well as more affordable. In the article, the author expresses that the key to mirco-mobility is public-private partnerships, saying “Now is the time for cities to build or reimagine infrastructure that accommodates pedestrians, bikes, scooters, cars and public transit in a harmonious way.” Embracing this harmony between all transit solutions will be critical to a cleaner mobility future.

Jamie Leonard, Research and Program Analyst

What he’s reading: Demand Response in Florida

Media: NREL

What makes it interesting: I’ve been doing some research into demand response programs and some of the big data analytics techniques being used to select customers in a given area to enroll in these programs, and found that this article offers a short summary of the benefits of demand response in supporting solar energy. I believe the support of renewable energy may encourage more people to become interested in enrolling in demand response programs.


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