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: Can Smart Cities be Equitable?

Source: The Brookings Institution

What makes it interesting: As we think about cities of the future, how are we creating more equitable cities?

Latonya Binford, Accountant

What she’s reading: Smart projects not a priority for most government CIOs, CTOs: report

Source: Smart Cities Dive

What makes it interesting: Many local government leaders do not consider “smart cities” to be top priority right now. Now with limited funding, due in part to the pandemic, government leaders would rather direct funding to other projects like digitizing city services or increasing cyber security. Cyber security is particularly important right now with many employees working remotely.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: This Woman’s Job Is to Figure Out Why People Don’t Buy Electric Cars

Media: How Stuff Works

What makes it interesting: 80–90% of electric vehicle charging is done at home and/or work. It’s like a smartphone; plug it in at night, go to sleep, and wake up in the morning with a fully charged car.

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development

What he’s reading: U.S. Rule Would Allow Unlimited Energy Waste from Washers and Dryers

Media: ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

What makes it interesting: What is the Department of Energy’s mandate now?

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: VW One-Ups Tesla With a Revolutionary Battery Breakthrough

Media: Marker

What makes it interesting: Progress is being made with solid-state battery technologies which could enable new electric vehicle designs and performance.

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