Energetics Supports an Expansion of the Electric Vehicle Market in New York State

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a multifaceted campaign to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in New York State. The campaign includes the installation of charging stations, the creation of incentive programs for employers to encourage employees to drive EVs, and extensive educational and outreach efforts.

NYSERDA launched this campaign in recognition of the need for innovative solutions to stimulate and expand the market for EVs in New York. This campaign is part of a larger effort to help the state achieve its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. Because the transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, increasing EV adoption is critical for meeting these goals.

Photo credit: Flickr/mtaphotos

Photo credit: Flickr/mtaphotos

Energetics is one of three contractors receiving a shared total of $4.8 million to support this ambitious effort. Energetics’ awarded project, “Animate the EV Market in New York State,” combines several innovative concepts. Energetics will provide project management, technical support, and facilitation support for this project. Our staff will also report on successful progress and gather lessons learned to document how these strategies can be utilized throughout the state.

The Energetics project builds on and complements many past successful NYSERDA-sponsored projects and EV initiatives. For example, Energetics and several Clean Cities Coalitions previously developed five EV Charging Station Plans—one for each of the regions along the I-90 Corridor. The Plans assessed the region’s current EV-readiness, identified areas that lack EV infrastructure, and made recommendations to establish a comprehensive network of EV charging stations to support current and future EV drivers. As part of the new project, Energetics will help facilitate the implementation of these Plans, which will involve installing five EV charging stations in each region and hosting targeted community outreach events to promote EVs and provide residents the opportunity to learn about and experience this technology.

In addition, Energetics and WXY Studio previously conducted a study in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions of lower New York State to examine the feasibility, business modeling, and potential environmental impacts of EV-based tourism. The new project will leverage this past work to help facilitate EV charger installations at popular destinations and develop EV tourism packages to encourage EV drivers to visit this region.

The final piece of this EV market development project establishes model EV Communities that are primed for long-term transition to EVs and experience higher rates of EV adoption. To this end, Energetics will assist the City of Rochester and one additional community in increasing their EV-friendly environment by installing more public EV charging points, supporting the use of EVs in fleets, and conducting extensive community engagement to inform and educate residents and businesses about the benefits of EVs.

Energetics is excited to begin work on this campaign and help New York meet its clean energy goals. Energetics also looks forward to collaborating with NYSERDA and our many project partners—Capital District Clean Communities, Clean Communities of Central NY, Electrification Coalition, Genesee Region Clean Communities, WXY Studio, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, the City of Rochester, Clean Communities of Western NY, Plug-in Stations Online, and EV Charge Solutions—on this campaign.

Read the full NYSERDA press release on this project here.

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Energetics Helps New DOE Program Define a Vision and Strategy for Modernizing Electric Grid Hardware

Photo: flickr/PROMartin Fisch

Photo: flickr/PROMartin Fisch

The transformation of the electric grid to a “smart grid” has largely focused on applying advanced digital information and communication technologies to improve the grid’s security, reliability, and flexibility. However, this transformation is also changing the demands placed on the hardware — such as transformers, conductors, and protection equipment — that the grid relies on. Advances in grid hardware components are needed to achieve the full benefits of grid modernization.

Energetics has supported this movement by providing technical and strategic planning services to the Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components (TRAC) Program through a contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. TRAC is a U.S. Department of Energy program, housed in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), that accelerates the modernization of the grid by addressing challenges with large power transformers and other critical grid components.

Energetics drew on its strong facilitation and strategic planning skills and deep technical expertise to develop a Vision and Strategy document that clearly communicates the goals established, strategies employed, and key activities to be undertaken by the TRAC program over the short, mid, and long term.

The document identifies four high-impact technical areas in which the TRAC progam will pursue activites to fill research and development (R&D) needs:

  • Advanced transformers
  • Low-cost power flow controllers
  • Enhanced sensors and Intelligence
  • Advanced grid materials

The TRAC program Vision and Strategy document will soon be published on the TRAC program web page.

To complete the project, Energetics helped to plan, execute, and document two workshops that informed the Vision and Strategy. The first workshop focused on identifying advances in materials science that could improve the performance of electric grid components. The second workshop focused on identifying gaps in the landscape of grid transmission and distribution components, highlighting opportunities for R&D, and outlining goals and priorities. Following the workshops, Energetics synthesized the workshop results into a clear, coherent Vision and Strategy.

The Vision and Strategy document has been well received, and Energetics is scoping out a roadmap that will help the TRAC program achieve its vision.

Energetics is an energy and environmental consulting firm that applies its technical, policy, business, and managerial expertise and resources to the most challenging problems facing the world today. Energetics has technical expertise in a number of areas, including strategic planning and roadmapping, program and project management, and analysis and modeling.

Energetics Earns Two Awards of Excellence from Society for Technical Communication

Two Energetics publications, Mission-Innovation.net and “C3E Awards: Celebrating Five Years of Progress,” won awards of excellence in the 2015–2016 technical communications competition held by the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Washington, DC—Baltimore Chapter. These awards honor printed and electronic communications that demonstrate superior writing, editing, organization, and design.

Energetics Engineer Authors Article on the Billion Ton Bioeconomy

At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, Energetics’ Jonathan Rogers served as lead author for “An assessment of the potential products and economic and environmental impacts resulting from a billion ton bioeconomy,” published November 21 in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. The article examines the potential benefits of a billion-ton bioeconomy, which would require producing and converting one billion tons of U.S. biomass into bio-based energy, fuels, and products by 2030.

Energetics Engineer Authors Article on the Billion Ton Bioeconomy

Energetics Publishes Guidance on Climate Change Resilience Planning for Electric Utilities

Energetics recently published Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA). This Guide walks electric utilities through the process of assessing the vulnerabilities of their assets and operations to climate change and extreme weather and identifying and implementing solutions to enhance resilience. 

Energetics Publishes Guidance on Climate Change Resilience Planning for Electric Utilities

Energetics Analyzes Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging in the Workplace

Workplaces are increasingly offering EV charging to their employees. The success of such programs relies on implementing a station design that fits both employer and employee needs. Energetics’ Margaret Smith prepared a report on this topic for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. 

Energetics Analyzes Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging in the Workplace

Energetics Leads Workshop on the Future of Electric Grid Components

Energetics recently led the planning, execution, and documentation of the Next Generation Grid Components R&D Program Planning Workshop, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Joseph Sabel Joins Energetics as Chief Strategy Officer

Energetics Incorporated is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph Sabel to our leadership team. A proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Sabel has more than 30 years of experience working as an energy conservation and environmental expert in government and private industry. He will serve as both the leader of Energetics’ Building Energy Solutions Division and Energetics’ Chief Strategy Officer. 

In his dual roles, Mr. Sabel will focus on developing innovative solutions to our clients’ energy and efficiency challenges.

Joseph Sabel Joins Energetics as Chief Strategy Officer

Energetics Publishes Six Draft Energy Bandwidth Studies on Manufacturing Lightweight Structural Materials

Energetics has had longstanding expertise in the preparation of Energy Bandwidth Studies, which examine the range (or bandwidth) of potential energy savings opportunities in selected manufacturing industries. In collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Energetics recently added six new energy bandwidth studies to the series. The new studies explore energy consumption in the manufacture of six lightweight structural materials: aluminum, advanced high-strength steel, magnesium, titanium, carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites, and glass fiber reinforced polymer composites. 

Energetics Publishes Six Draft Energy Bandwidth Studies on Manufacturing Lightweight Structural Materials

Jonathan Rogers Presents on the Future Bioeconomy at Industry Conference

On June 8, 2016, Jonathan Rogers, Bioenergy Team Lead in the Science & Technologies Division of Energetics, delivered a presentation on the evolving U.S. bioeconomy during the opening plenary session of the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Feedstocks in Miami. Jon supports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in assessing the socioeconomic impacts that might be achieved if the full potential of U.S. biomass resources were to be used to produce a wide range of fuels and products.

Jonathan Rogers Presents on the Future Bioeconomy at Industry Conference

Energetics Supports Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial

On June 1 and 2, the United States hosted the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and the first Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial in San Francisco, California. Energetics provided considerable support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in preparation for the two-day event, which represented the first international gathering of energy ministers and other high-level energy leaders since the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties. Upon completion of a successful event, President Obama called U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who chaired the ministerial meetings, with accolades for the Energy Department’s execution of the events. 

Energetics Supports Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial

California Energy Commission Selects Energetics to Develop Research Roadmap

Energetics was recently awarded a contract from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a Research Roadmap for Advancing Technologies in California’s Industrial, Agricultural, and Water Sectors. The Energetics team includes small business partners and subject matter experts located in California. The team will help identify, describe and prioritize research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) gaps that must be addressed to achieve the state’s goals related to industrial, agricultural, and water energy use. Energy technology areas of focus include industrial (e.g., chemicals, petroleum, forest products, and food manufacturing), bioenergy, data centers, agriculture, and water and wastewater. 

Energetics Incorporated to Administer DOE Solar Decathlon

Energetics Incorporated has received an award to serve as the administrator of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon for 2017 and 2019. The Solar Decathlon is a biannual competition that showcases innovative solar-powered houses designed, built, and operated by collegiate teams. This is the first time the Solar Decathlon will be administered by an independent party. As the program administrator, Energetics will oversee all aspects of project management, university competition, site operations and logistics, event production, sponsorship recruitment, educational outreach, and communications as well as designing activities to increase public engagement. Denver will be the host city for the 2017 Solar Decathlon.

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Energetics Incorporated to Administer DOE Solar Decathlon

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Energetics’ Growing Global Reach

Energetics has provided support and expertise to many U.S. government clients for more than 35 years. But did you know that our work extends to many international efforts and clients as well? Energetics staff provide expert analysis and communications support on efforts related to clean energy, energy efficiency, climate change, clean transport, and electricity transmission around the world. Learn more about our work's growing global reach! 

Two Energetics Publications Win Society for Technical Communication Awards

Two Energetics publications won awards of merit in the 2014–2015 technical communications competition held by the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Washington, DC—Baltimore Chapter: Annual Report 2013–2014: Accomplishments of the U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center and Infographics: Integrated Biorefineries. These awards honor printed and electronic communications that demonstrate superior writing, editing, organization, and design.