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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: USPS will make 40% of its new trucks electric, up from 10%

Media: Washington Post

What makes it interesting: After originally making a deal to replace its vehicle fleet with 8.6mpg gas vehicles and making its fleet 10% EVs, the postmaster gave in to relentless pressure and increases EV purchases to 40% of its fleet.

Kate Bell, Program Manager

What she’s reading: Cities aren’t prepared for catastrophic flooding. Here’s how they can learn from recent disasters

Media: Fast Company

What makes it interesting: As global temperatures rise, so too do the intensity of storms and precipitation levels. This poses major problems for cities whose current drainage pipes and other infrastructure are no longer adequate for today’s storm levels, let alone those of the future. Case studies conducted by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment center in Michigan highlight four key lessons for communities to consider as they draft their unique climate planning goals, including considering future risks when determining when and how to build critical infrastructure and factoring in downstream flood risks. While some key assets and pain point might be common knowledge, smart sensing technologies can help communities fill the gaps by having data-backed evidence highlighting flood-prone areas that can identify additional at-risk locations.

Lauren Mattar, Technical Program Manager

What she’s reading: Inside Clean Energy: The US’s New Record in Renewables, Explained in Three Charts

Media: Inside Climate News

What makes it interesting: The US generated 42.5% of its electricity from carbon-free sources in January-March 2022. This article provides some interesting graphs breaking down the variety of energy sources and clean energy and highlights some of the gaps to getting to 100% clean energy.

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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