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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: How London’s Trees are Saving the City Billions
Media: City Lab
What makes it interesting: The tree canopy covers 21 percent of London. This tree cover is estimated to lead to avoidance of over $1 billion USD annually in air conditioning costs.

Nathalie Osborn, Director, Smart Grid Initiatives

What she’s reading: How are US cities prepping workers for a clean energy future? We take a look
Media: ACEEE
What makes it interesting: Quick read on how cities are cultivated partnerships with utilities, non-profits, colleges, and other stakeholders to support local energy efficiency and renewable energy workforce development efforts.

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Self-Driving Cars May Never Dominate…And That’s OK
Media: Forbes
What makes it interesting: The hype of autonomous vehicles was surely overblown a few years ago, however, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the end consumer. Scott Corwin discusses how we can focus on the desired outcomes such as safety, emissions, congestion, convenience, and access and equity. Only when we put these outcomes first will we best understand how to implement AVs, once their ready.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: The Best of CES 2020
Media: Wired
What makes it interesting: The Consumer Electronics Show is over and there’s no shortage of media articles sharing the latest and greatest gadgets. I personally am curious about a blast from the past, Segway. Now introducing Segway Ninebot T60, this electric scooter can be summoned from a user’s mobile app! You don’t walk to the scooter; instead, the scooter automatically finds its way to you. What do you think?


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