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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!

Angella Durkin, COO

What she’s reading: If you build it: challenges facing electric vehicle infrastructure

Source: Forbes
What makes it interesting: EVs are on the way but who build out the charging infrastructure? This article explores how one entity in Kansas has built out EV infrastructure.

Latonya Binford, Accountant

What she’s reading: Digital Payments are Here to Stay

Source: Strategic Finance Magazine

What makes it interesting: The rise of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) goes far beyond bitcoin and e-money. Several major countries around the world are in some level of CBDC development with China leading the way. As it stands, the average consumer and business already utilizes some form of electronic payment system. Now, we may have CBDCs to accompany all the new innovative Smart Mobility, Smart Cities and IoT solutions on the horizons.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: FCC Writes Off DSRC in Shift to Wi-Fi

Media: Autobeat

What makes it interesting: FCC pulls the plug on DSRC, opening wireless spectrum resources to WiFi and C-V2X and undoing over 20+ years of research, development, testing and early adoption pilots.

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development

What he’s reading: 2020 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator Study

Media: Johnson Controls

What makes it interesting: A study finds that facility owners and managers have increased interest in safeguarding occupants’ safety and health. Also, building energy use did not significantly decrease despite reduced occupant use of space.


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 microgrid 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: Covid-19 and the resilience of renewables

Media: International Energy Agency (IEA)

What makes it interesting: Renewable energy experience significant growth despite the global pandemic. Also, be sure to check out the IEA renewable energy forecast to 2025.


What he’s reading: Amazon, Panasonic, and recycling start-ups prepare for battery wave tsunami

Media: CNBC

What makes it interesting: Lithium ion battery recycling, including for electric vehicles, is projected to be a multi-billion dollar industry in the next 10 or so years. However, there are many challenges that still exist and must be addressed in order to keep these batteries out of landfills.


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