On November 17, the Village of Herkimer, New York held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first electric vehicle charging station, which Energetics Incorporated facilitated the installation of with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The event included public remarks from the Honorable Anthony Brindisi, Mayor of the Village of Herkimer; Bryan Roy, Project Manager at Energetics; and Dan Sullivan, Clean Energy Community Coordinator for Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. Read more.
Energetics Partners on Winning Bid to Support Outreach for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science
Energetics is a partner on a winning team that will provide communications and outreach support to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science. As part of the team, Energetics will utilize planning, facilitation, writing, editing, and outreach skills to help develop and promote forensic science discipline-specific or interdisciplinary standards; briefs on key scientific challenges being addressed by OSAC; and other outreach communications.
The OSAC works to strengthen the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the adoption of those standards by the forensic science community. The OSAC brings together more than 600 forensic science practitioners and other experts in a transparent, collaborative process.
Energetics is part of the Prometheus Team, announced as one of five awardees on this $9.2 million NIST contract. The Prometheus team is led by Prometheus Computing, LLC, and includes forensic science experts and outreach specialists.
For more information about this project and these services, please contact us.
Energetics’ federal government clients now have a new vehicle through which to reach us: the General Services Administration’s 8(a) STARS II Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). In June 2017, the contract was awarded to the joint venture Energetics established with Heartland Consulting, a small business that provides expert technical, scientific, and engineering support to energy programs and electric utilities. The GSA 8(a) STARS II GWAC is a five-year contract designed to provide the federal government with cutting-edge information technology (IT) solutions while promoting small business utilization. Using this mechanism, federal civilian and U.S. Department of Defense agencies requiring IT services or IT service-based solutions—whether as the sole objective or as part of a larger effort—can contract with Heartland–Energetics through sole-source task orders.
Energetics recently completed a project for the Authority for Electricity Regulation in Oman (AER) to develop a national energy efficiency data framework for electricity consumption. The results are being used by the Omani government to help establish national energy efficiency policies and programs.
Electricity consumption in Oman has increased by over 200% over the past 10 years. The primary causes are a rapidly growing population, increased economic activity and industrial production, and higher living standards in Oman. Recognizing the need for informed planning to reduce energy consumption, AER tasked Energetics to produce the data framework, focusing on the residential, industrial, and services (commercial and government buildings) sectors. Energetics partnered with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to complete the work, which was led fromthe recently established Energetics office in Dubai.
Energetics recently presented at the 2017 Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) on June 20–22, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. IETC features presentations and topics that are important to industry energy managers and executives, national laboratory researchers, and technology and service providers interested in energy use, waste reduction, and the technologies that reduce energy and waste handling costs in industrial settings.
Sabine Brueske, Program Director of Industrial Analysis at Energetics, presented the findings from four Manufacturing Energy Bandwidth Studies produced by Energetics for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The studies describe energy consumption and energy savings opportunities by end use and sector for the glass, cement, plastics and rubber, and food and beverage manufacturing sectors. Brueske compared the results from these studies with other bandwidth studies developed by Energetics, which cover the chemical, petroleum refining, iron and steel, and pulp and paper manufacturing sectors. Together, these eight sectors represent 81% of manufacturing energy consumption.
This is the fifth year in a row that Energetics has been selected to present technical studies at IETC. Energetics’ past presentations have covered other foundational analyses developed by Energetics for AMO. In addition to the Energy Bandwidth Studies, these references include Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints and Sankey Modeling of Energy Use and Loss. Last year, Energetics also participated in an instructional role in the Energy Managers workshop that precedes the conference.
Two Energetics publications—Mission-Innovation.net and C3E Awards: Celebrating Five Years of Progress—won awards of merit in the 2017 International Summit Awards competition organized by the Society for Technical Communication (STC). These awards honor printed and electronic communications that demonstrate superior writing, editing, organization, and design. Both publications previously earned awards of excellence in the technical communications competition hosted by STC’s Washington, DC–Baltimore chapter, which enabled them to advance to the international competition.
Energetics’ expert graphic design, web design, and writing and editing teams developed the winning publications in collaboration with clients at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A team member at MELE Associates also helped develop the C3E publication. Both publications are designed to make complex energy topics easily accessible to both energy experts and the public.
The U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Program (C3E) seeks to strengthen women’s engagement in the clean energy sector. One of its main goals is to inspire more women to enter the clean energy sector—and this book supports that goal by sharing inspirational stories about women working in the sector. Judges noted that the book succeed in inspiring them with its “well-written and compelling narratives,” and they praised the book as “professional and attractive.”
Mission Innovation (MI) is an international effort that brings together 22 countries and the European Union to accelerate global clean energy innovation. Energetics developed the MI website to raise awareness about MI’s efforts and the need for clean energy innovation, to increase collaboration and information sharing among member countries, and to increase the transparency of MI’s efforts. Energetics has been working with DOE to continually improve the site and keep it up to date. STC judges stated that the website was a “good example of how clear, effective technical communication can help educate a diverse audience on a large and complex subject.”
Energetics’ publications have now earned 49 awards from the STC, including awards at both the regional and international levels.
STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. For more information on the STC, visit https://www.stc.org/.
The availability of workplace charging is critical to encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), and employees who have access to workplace charging are six times more likely to own a plug-in EV than those who lack such access. To help encourage federal workplace charging programs, Energetics worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office to develop the detailed case study Implementing Workplace Charging within Federal Agencies.
The study, released in April, collects best practices and experiences from federal agencies that have already implemented plug-in EV workplace charging programs. Energetics collaborated with key stakeholders in a number of federal agencies to develop the report and ensure the findings are broadly applicable to federal agency EV charging initiatives.
DOE published the report on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website, and it was featured in a Facebook post on FedCenter, the U.S. government’s communication avenue for environmental stewardship and compliance assistance information.
Energetics Supports Study of the Potential Energy Consumption Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles
While many experts project that connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) could significantly change the U.S. transportation sector, there is still a high level of uncertainty about the deployment of these vehicles and their energy impacts. The variety of technologies offered, costs, enabling and/or restrictive policies and legislation, and rate/nature of consumer adoption are all important factors affecting market penetration and energy consumption. Therefore, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) contracted with Z, INC., to analyze the potential energy consumption implications of CAV technologies on light-, medium-, and heavy-duty on- and off-road vehicles in the United States.
Z, INC., subcontracted Energetics to review the state of CAV technologies and project potential energy effects. Energetics’ team of engineers, analysts, and project managers provided critical input and analyses for the report. Specifically, Energetics completed the following:
- Conducted a literature review and interviewed key stakeholders on the current state and projected development of CAVs, applicable technologies, and regulations
- Discussed the potential implications of these technologies on future vehicle sales, driver behavior, ownership, and energy consumption
- Developed a Microsoft Excel-based model to project energy consumption effects of different adoption scenarios based on the Annual Energy Outlook 2017 reference case
Recognizing that CAV technologies and regulations are rapidly developing, Energetics recommended further study as more data becomes available. Suggested further study includes the following:
- Developing projection scenarios with all five levels of autonomy and possible ownership models available
- Exploring the effects of human factors on trust, adoption, and usage related to vehicle miles traveled, purchasing, and ownership strategy
- Improving the projections to include vehicle powertrain and fuel type
The results of Energetics’ research revealed five main challenges that must be addressed to facilitate the expansion of CAV market penetration: (1) technology capability, cost, and cybersecurity; (2) consumer opinion, acceptance, and use; (3) policy and regulation; (4) insurance and liability; and (5) energy and economic impact uncertainties. Despite the challenges, increasing stakeholder investment, research, and market penetration support projections that CAVs will continue to affect the future transportation landscape.
The EIA will use the report to understand CAV technology’s technical status and the potential impacts on transportation energy use for incorporation into the National Energy Modeling System, a modular computer energy system simulation model.
To learn more about the future impact of CAVs, read the full report here.
Energetics helped the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan, conduct, and document two workshops that brought together national experts to identify priority research and development needs for smart grid time distribution alternatives and advanced sensors. These two emerging topics will be critical to future electric grid operations and resilience. Sponsored by NIST’s Quantum Measurement Division and Smart Grid Program Office, the workshops gathered significant, relevant data that will inform future R&D.
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.
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.
Energetics Helps New DOE Program Define a Vision and Strategy for Modernizing Electric Grid Hardware
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.
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 SUPPORTS NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY EFFORT
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing, which provides a framework for a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Energetics worked with NIST to develop the roadmap and facilitate the workshop on which the document was based.
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 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.
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.