BCS Employee Receives Appreciation Award from DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy
In an increasingly digital world, BCS’ Sandra (Sandy) Harmon believes in taking the time to personally connect with others. Whether it be making a phone call instead of just sending an email, stopping by someone’s office to personally check in, or sending a batch of her homemade cookies as a thank you, Sandy believes in making people a priority. And, her efforts have not gone unnoticed. Sandy recently received an appreciation award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) for her outstanding support and customer service.
Currently, Sandy provides facilities management support to FE’s Office of Management and Field Operations at DOE’s Germantown, Maryland, campus. In this role, Sandy coordinates the delivery and moving of furniture, organizes office maintenance activities and logistics, and handles other responsibilities, including coordinating travel arrangements and managing training logs. To be successful in her work, she credits keeping a tight schedule, and—more importantly—building strong personal relationships with her clients and colleagues.
Congratulations, Sandy, on your recognition and award! And thank you for all of your hard work and service!
BCS Studies Are Helping Advance the Development of Electric Vehicle Charging Networks
Throughout 2017, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada are working together to develop complementary plans for building an interconnected electric vehicle (EV) charging network, which the states jointly announced in December 2016. This new network will stretch across the states’ key highway corridors, including I-70, I-76, and I-25 across Colorado; I-70, I-80, and I-15 across Utah; and I-80 and I-15 across Nevada—totaling more than 2,000 miles of electric highway.
These efforts will build heavily upon the work that BCS did for the Colorado Energy Office when it developed the Electric Vehicle Market Implementation Study. This study provides recommendations for level-3 charging stations—which offer a faster charge using direct current—for I-70 and I-25 across Colorado.
BCS developed a similar study for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Advancing Iowa’s Electric Vehicle Market, which provides recommendations for building out level-3 charging stations across Iowa’s interstates.
BCS is proud to be at the forefront of efforts that are advancing the development of electric highway corridors in the United States.
BCS to Speak at the ESRI 2016 User Conference
BCS has been asked to speak about the results of its 2015 Electric Vehicle Implementation Market Study for the Colorado Energy Office, at the ESRI User Conference. In this study, BCS used both Colorado Department of Transportation and Geographic Information System (GIS) data to perform spatial analysis of the electric vehicle (EV) market and charging infrastructure in Colorado, making key recommendations in how and where to build out the state’s EV charging network. The conference, will be held June 21‒July 1, 2016, in San Diego, California.
Signing of Colorado House Bill on Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Income Tax Credits
In 2015, BCS supported the Colorado Energy Office in producing the Electric Vehicle Market Implementation Study, which provides recommendations that create a framework to further develop policy, program, and partnership opportunities and facilitate electric vehicle adoption in Colorado. BCS analyzed the fiscal impacts and made recommendations for a new tiered tax structure that uses a flat credit amount for electric vehicles. This policy recommendation also urged point-of-sale tax credits that can be used to lower the price of the vehicle at the time of purchase. On June 6, 2016, BCS was invited to attend Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signing this legislation (HB 16-1332) into state law while surrounded by electric vehicle industry representatives.
BCS Manager Recipient of EERE Energy Rock Star Award
Allison Perry, Assistant Manager of BCS’ Corporate Communications Group, was recently named a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) internal Energy Rock Star Award. Recipients are recognized for exemplifying “EERE’s values by making outstanding contributions to EERE as an organization and/or EERE’s commitment to America’s clean energy mission.” Ms. Perry was nominated by her EERE client for her efforts in supporting the successful kick-off of the Energy Materials Network (EMN)—a new DOE national laboratory-led initiative that will give American entrepreneurs and manufacturers a leg up in the global race for clean energy. Ms. Perry played a key role in supporting the development and execution of a highly successful multimedia communications strategy announcing the launch of EMN, which included coordinating press releases, blog posts, and Web announcements across DOE, multiple labs, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
BCS Supports Energy Department’s Sustainable Transportation Day
On June 22, 2015, BCS, Incorporated staff supported the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in hosting the first-ever Sustainable Transportation Day. The event, which took place on the grounds of DOE’s Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C., showcased successful transportation technologies supported by the Bioenergy Technologies, Fuel Cell Technologies, and Vehicle Technologies Offices within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). On display were the first, soon-to-be commercially available fuel cells; the Algae Surfboard; the Green Racing Simulator; and the SuperTruck, which gave the more than 200 attendees a firsthand look at just a few of the sustainable technologies that have resulted from EERE projects.
BCS Report Shows Electric Vehicles Are Driving the State of Colorado toward Cleaner Air
BCS was contracted by the Colorado Energy Office to conduct a study of the State of Colorado’s electric vehicle (EV) market and prepare a report that identifies opportunities for advancing its growth. Released in January 2015, the Electric Vehicle Market Implementation Study provides recommendations that create a framework to further develop policy, program, and partnership opportunities and facilitate EV adoption in Colorado. BCS conducted both primary and secondary research to collect data for the study and also provided graphic design and copyediting support to produce the report. The Denver Post, Colorado’s most widely circulated newspaper, recently reported on the market study and acknowledged BCS’ work in advancing the EV market in the state.
BCS Manager appointed to the Denver Metropolitan Area Regional Air Quality Council
Natalia Swalnick, Manager of the Policy Analysis Group of BCS has been appointed to the Denver Metropolitan Area Regional Air Quality Council by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The Regional Air Quality Council is tasked with preparing a federally-binding state implementation plan that demonstrates and ensures long-term compliance with state and federal air quality standards and provides acceptable public health and environmental protections. Ms. Swalnick’s work on the Council will focus on evaluating options to further reduce emissions from vehicles, reduce vehicle miles traveled and other measures that yield emission reductions from the transportation sector.
U.S. DOE EERE Awards 4-year/$17 million Prime Contract to Clean Energy Communications JV for Communications Support Services
On March 14, 2014, Clean Energy Communications (CEC) signed a 4-year/$17 million prime contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to provide communications support services. CEC is a joint venture (JV) consisting of BCS and its 8(a) partner, The Hannon Group, a public relations firm based in Fort Washington, MD. Through this contract, CEC will provide services to enhance EERE’s capability for communicating its technology programs, initiatives, successes, and accomplishments to the American public, the media, industry sectors, Congress, and other stakeholders. Tasks will support both EERE’s corporate Communications office and also EERE technology programs’ externally-facing and public information dissemination activities.
BCS Awarded Subcontract to Support Production of Emergency Response FOGs
In December 2013, BCS was awarded a subcontract to provide the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office with publication production services. Specifically, BCS will assist with the editing and design of three field operating guides (FOGs) that will be used as part of the Northeast region’s mass fatality management response. BCS was awarded the task as a subcontractor to All Hands Consulting, an emergency management consulting firm based in Columbia, MD.
BCS presented at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Green Conference, the Western region’s premier conference on sustainable design and construction. BCS presented in the session titled, “Graywater Reuse in Commercial and Residential Applications.” It was held on April 26, 2013, and featured one of the largest audiences at the conference. Attendees walked away from the session with an understanding of graywater, how it is generated, current policy and pending legislation, and how to maximize points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Moreover, please feel free to listen to BCS participating in an interview on graywater legislation, which aired on Colorado’s National Public Radio, KUNC.
BCS Wins Two Awards for Graphic Design Excellence at the 19th Annual Communicator Awards
As part of the 2013 Communicator Awards, BCS received the Award of Excellence in the Corporate Identity – Design category and the Silver Award of Distinction in the Annual Report – Overall Design category.
The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative, and marketing firms. With more than 6,000 entries received from across the United States and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence of communications professionals.
BCS Staff Exhibit Artwork at 2013 Marginal Arts Festival
A member of BCS’ graphic design team exhibited pieces from his personal art collection at the 2013 Marginal Arts Festival, held March 28–30 in Roanoke, Virginia. The event is a festival of art beyond the predictable that nurtures local identity and promotes contemporary art from the local to the international. The theme of this year’s show was professional wrestling—looking into the loudness, eccentric characters, and absurd violence of the sport. The festival drew attendance from notable individuals in both the art and wrestling communities, including Shepard Fairey—who is most commonly known for his Obama Hope poster—and WWE hall-of-famer Jimmy Valiant.
BCS Staff Present on Waste Heat Recovery at DuPont’s 2013 Ideas Generation Workshop
BCS staff members were invited by DuPont to present at its Ideas Generation Workshop. DuPont holds this internal workshop each year to explore, develop, and expand new or existing concepts and applications for the company’s chemical products. The information provided by BCS will help inform DuPont decision-making, encourage intra-industry collaboration and communication, and promote cooperation and collaboration between industry and government.
BCS to Conduct State Industrial Energy Market Research for the Colorado Energy Office
The Colorado Energy Office awarded BCS a contract to conduct a gaps analysis of Colorado industrial energy market data. Part of this work will include conducting a survey of Colorado’s industrial sector, in partnership with the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. The results of these efforts, combined with secondary research, will capture best practice approaches for reducing the Colorado industrial sector’s energy use, as well as expanding clean-energy deployment and distributed generation opportunities.
BCS to Conduct Series of Energy Dependency Workshops
All Hands Consulting awarded BCS a task order to design, plan, and conduct a series of energy dependency workshops for the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team. These workshops are designed to improve region-wide resiliency planning for restoration of critical infrastructure following a major security incident, natural disaster, or other catastrophic event. BCS will facilitate these workshops with owners and operators from the water sector, communications sector, and electrical sub-sector; first responders; and state and federal government. BCS will also provide follow-on analysis and reporting to identify actionable strategies and critical decision guidelines.
BCS to Conduct State Agricultural Energy Market Research for the Colorado Energy Office
The Colorado Energy Office awarded BCS a contract to conduct a gap analysis of Colorado agricultural energy market data and conduct a survey of Colorado farmers. The results of these efforts will capture best practice approaches for reducing the Colorado agricultural sector’s energy use, as well as expanding clean-energy deployment and distributed generation on farmlands.
BCS Awarded DOE/NNSA Blanket Purchase Agreement
BCS, Incorporated (BCS) has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide technical, engineering, and programmatic support services for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). BCS received this BPA in November 2012 as part of the Link Technologies, Incorporated team. Through this agreement, BCS will continue its support for NNSA’s mission critical and mission support programs.
BCS Joins Alytic SeaPort-e Team
BCS, Incorporated is pleased to announce that it has joined the Alytic Incorporated SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) team to support the initiatives of the U.S. Navy Commands, Laboratories, and Warfare Centers at program, platform, and enterprise levels.
Alytic is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business with extensive reach-back capability in the areas of Navy Energy Conservation and Warfare Analysis solutions.
“BCS is excited to join the Alytic team to provide solutions-based support for our warfighters,” said BCS CEO Kenneth W. Boras. “We look forward to leveraging our joint capabilities to support the fleet in an ever-changing warfare environment.”
BCS Graywater Article Published for World Energy Engineering Congress
Each year, the Association of Energy Engineers hosts one of the most revered international conferences for energy professionals and end users—the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). This year’s conference spanned three days from October 31 through November 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event featured presentations by top industry experts from around the world on energy management, renewable and alternative energy, combined heat and power, smart grid, building and systems integration, lighting, and controls, among other energy-related topics.
As part of this year’s conference proceedings, WEEC included an article written by BCS. The paper, titled Graywater Reclamation and Use in Commercial and Industrial Applications, served as a primer on the topic of graywater (water that can be reused for non-drinking purposes) and provided recommendations for utilizing the resource for evaporative coolers, irrigation, flush fixtures, industrial cooling systems, boilers, and in processing applications. The article also provided guidance for determining the location of a tank, onsite treatment steps, training, and barrier mitigation.
For more information and to access the conference proceedings, visit the WEEC website.
BCS Provides On-Hand Support for SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum
In an effort to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011. To accomplish this goal, DOE is supporting the solar energy efforts of private companies, academia, and national laboratories, and funding select research and loan guarantees. Under this program, DOE initiated the SunShot Grand Challenge—a series of events that bring together the solar energy community to address the scientific, technical, and market barriers to achieving breakthroughs in national energy challenges.
The series’ first event—the SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum—was held from June 13–14 in Denver, Colorado, and brought together the best and brightest minds in government, industry, and academia to strengthen U.S. leadership in global clean energy. The forum vigorously delved into the solar energy industry’s current challenges, such as project financing, marketing, installation barriers, and other obstacles that raise the start-up costs of solar panels, and included a plenary session that featured Energy Secretary Steven Chu. For more information and to access the event’s agenda, visit the SunShot Grand Challenge website.
BCS Advances Learning
BCS, Incorporated prides itself on fostering an environment that helps employees advance their knowledge and skills. One way the company supports this ambition is through its educational assistance program, which reimburses employees for course tuitions and other types of related expenses. Numerous BCS staff members have taken advantage of this program to continue their formal education or to pursue professional certifications, such as the Project Management Professional®, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and other accreditations.
In addition to encouraging its employees to grow professionally, BCS believes in science, technology, engineering, and math (e.g., STEM) training, as well as supporting high school and college students in obtaining valuable, real-world experience that encourages them to obtain higher levels of education or prepares them to enter the workforce. For example, BCS sponsored the participation of a team of River Hill High School students in the 2011 Zero Robotics Challenge, a competition in which students programmed small robots to fly aboard the International Space Station. Also in 2011, BCS welcomed a fellow from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, for an eight-week internship. Liz Davis, the Sweet Fellow in Energy Policy, gained valuable project experience by working with BCS staff on energy efficiency and international development efforts, supporting clients such as the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
Following Liz, Spencer Partridge, the Williams Fellow in Energy Policy, came to BCS and participated in marketing and business development, as well as public policy initiatives.
Both Liz and Spencer, after returning to Cornell, noted their fellowships as having great influences on their personal and professional plans, helping prepare them for future careers. In May 2011, Liz delivered a presentation on her Sweet Fellowship in Energy Policy to professors, students, and alumni, and Spencer is highlighted in the summer 2012 issue of the Cornell Report as the 200th Cornell Fellow.
BCS has also benefited greatly from its internship program, finding extreme value in the talent and fresh perspective of a new generation of workers. Moving forward, the company will continue to look for occasions where it can provide high school and college students with the opportunity to further their education and technical skills.
BCS Helps Produce DOE’s 2011 U.S. DRIVE Accomplishments Report
U.S. Drive―which stands for Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability—is a voluntary government-industry partnership focused on advanced automotive and related infrastructure technology research and development. Each year, the Partnership selects technical highlights from many hundreds of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded projects to include in its annual accomplishments report. These highlights represent what DOE and its automotive, energy, and electric utility industry partners collectively consider to be significant progress in the development of advanced automotive and infrastructure technologies.
BCS, Incorporated worked directly with DOE’s Vehicles Technologies Program and the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR)—which is made up of Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors—to develop this year’s report. Through project management, technical writing and editing, and graphic design support, BCS’ Communications & Outreach team fostered a seamless process that ensured the report was delivered completely and on time; that it clearly and accurately reflected the Partnership’s accomplishments; and that the visual design captured U.S. DRIVE’s distinct brand identity.
The 2011 U.S. DRIVE Accomplishments Report is now available on DOE’s website.
For more information on U.S. DRIVE, visit the Partnership’s website.
BCS Sponsors ‘Zero Robotics Challenge’ Winner
On January 23, 2011, more than 200 high school students gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the final round of the 2011 Zero Robotics Challenge, a competition (sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) in partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and MIT) in which high school students program small robots to fly aboard the International Space Station. For this year’s challenge, students were given a “mission” to program robots to look for, mine, and return alternative energy from fictitious asteroids in deep space.
BCS, Incorporated was fortunate to have had the opportunity to sponsor this year’s national champion—Team Rocket—and support a competition that encourages student innovation in the areas of technology, engineering, and mathematics. More information about the Zero Robotics Challenge and this year’s winners can be found on the NASA website.
BCS selected as 2011 Supplier of Choice – January 2012
On January 25, 2012, BCS was awarded the 2011 Supplier of Choice Award by VSE Corporation and its subsidiary Energetics, Incorporated. BCS was recognized for our trusted partnership and consistent record of high quality performance over the past 20 years.
BCS Presents at American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Conferences During 2011
At the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE’s) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry conference—which took place July 26–29, 2011, in Niagara Falls, New York—BCS staff presented on a four-part report series that BCS completed for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The reports analyze energy efficiency as a resource by each region of the United States and can be found on AMO’s website. Moreover, BCS staff moderated the session “The Role of Technology” during the event. Additionally, at the ACEEE Energy Efficiency as a Resource conference—held September 27, 2011, in Denver, Colorado—BCS staff presented on the “Energy Services that Work” guidebook that BCS developed for the American Public Power Association (APPA). The guidebook helps APPA’s utilities members analyze and design energy efficiency programs.
BCS Successfully Completes USTDA Indonesia Geothermal Reverse Trade Mission
BCS was contracted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to organize an Indonesia Geothermal Power Development Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) that brought 14 key decision makers from Indonesia to the United States. The RTM took place July 10–20, 2011, and included stops in Californian cities: San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, China Lake, and Bakersfield, with additional stops in Reno, Nevada, and the Washington, D.C., area. The RTM was designed to introduce the Indonesian delegates to U.S. geothermal development and capital venture companies in order to help the country meet its ambitious geothermal energy goals. More information can be found on the Indonesian Geothermal Power Development website.
BCS to Assist with ASERTTI Outreach Activities
BCS, Incorporated will provide the Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI) with stakeholder coordination and outreach activities. ASERTTI is an association that works to increase the effectiveness of energy research efforts in contribution to economic growth, environmental quality, and energy security. This continues BCS’s long history of fostering advanced technologies for increased U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness.
BCS Provides Editorial and Graphic Design Support to DOE’s Inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review
BCS, Incorporated, on behalf of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, edited and designed the Department’s first ever Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR). Launched at the recommendation of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu initiated the development of the QTR in February 2011. The Review, led by Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin, sought to: (1) define a simple framework for understanding and discussing the challenges the energy system presents; (2) establish a shared sense of priorities among activities in the Department’s energy technology programs; and (3) explain to the Department and its stakeholders the roles that DOE, the broader government, the private sector, the national laboratories, academia, and innovation itself play in energy transformation.
On September 27, 2011, Secretary Chu announced the findings highlighted in the Report at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., and discussed the Department’s plan for building out the Nation’s clean energy portfolio.
The Quadrennial Technology Review is available for download at http://energy.gov/qtr.
BCS to Provide Support to the U.S. Navy Through SeaPort-e
BCS, Incorporated has been selected to provide contractor support utilizing the U.S. Navy’s SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) vehicle. BCS will fulfill this role as a team member of The Prometheus Company, Inc.
SeaPort-e is the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas, including Engineering, Financial Management, and Program Management. The Navy Systems Commands (NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NAVFAC, and NAVSUP), the Office of Naval Research, the United States Marine Corps, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) compete their service requirements utilizing SeaPort-e. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized, efficient means of soliciting offers from among the diverse population of large and small businesses and approved team members.
“BCS is proud to have been chosen to be a member of the Prometheus SeaPort-e team to provide effective solutions through the utilization of this contract vehicle,” said BCS CEO Kenneth W. Boras. “Our dedicated staff of professionals is committed to supporting the efforts of our nation’s Navy at home and abroad.”
BCS Staff Members Participate in 9/11 Memorial Event
On September 10, a team of 13 BCS staff members participated in the Arlington 9/11 Police, Fire & Sheriff 5K. The event was a great way to commemorate the memory of 9/11 and show support for first responders and military personnel from across the country. Proceeds from the race have been pledged to a number of charities, including Project Enduring Pride, The Fisher House Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Wounded Warrior Project, and Special Operation Warrior Foundation.
BCS Management Staff Add PMP Certification
The PMP credential is one of the most important industry-recognized certifications for project managers. Five BCS, Incorporated managers recently attained the certification of Project Management Professional (PMP)® as recognized by the Project Management Institute.
By having PMP certified management staff, BCS demonstrates that the company has the experience, education, and competency to successfully lead and direct client projects. The PMP certified BCS staff can improve the success rate of projects in all subject areas by applying a standardized and evolving set of project management principles in order to mitigate risk.
As part of the company’s dedication to excellence in client service, BCS has set a goal to obtain PMP certification for its management staff. Offering PMP certified staff will allow BCS to provide the expertise, knowledge, and skills to manage its clients’ most critical projects efficiently and effectively.
BCS Moderates Northern Pass Project Meeting
BCS, Incorporated, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, moderated a recent community discussion regarding the Northern Pass hydroelectricity project. The project entails transmitting hydroelectricity from the Canadian border to a regional power grid in New Hampshire. More information on the meeting and the project can be found at this link.
BCS Article Featured in Business Monthly Publication
BCS, Incorporated recently authored an article that appeared in the Business Monthly, a business-to-business newspaper covering Howard County, the BWI Business District, and Northern Anne Arundel County. The BCS article, "Webinars—Multi-Purpose Informational and Branding Tools for Today's Businesses," provided information on the use of electronic communications for businesses. The full article text can be found at this link.