Power as a Platform
Without access to reliable power, communities cannot support security, health or industry. Clean, sustainable sources of energy are necessary to build a path to prosperity for the two billion globally who live in energy poverty.
LkM Solutions is a woman-owned consultancy and advocacy firm born from working in communities without access to light, water, and sanitation. We believe that only through collaboration and successful technology deployment can we build a sustainable future.
LkM has worked to enable “starfish organizations” for a stronger, leaner collective impact. The organizations represented in the LkM ecosystem have been most influenced by our experiences on the ground...in the field...and in the ‘situation rooms’. It is our intention - and our task - to use these experiences to better serve those still in the field. This drives our pursuit of unique financial models which we believe enable market-appropriate technology and can be scaled rapidly to combat resource reliances that compromise National & Global Security.
Though LkM Solutions emerged from years of integrating various technology components into reliable power systems, in every community, in every forward position, and in every CONUS installation, power is the platform which enables reliable light, clean water, better hygiene, enduring agriculture, and assorted critical assets including ISR platforms. As a result of addressing power challenges at the last kilometer, LkM has partnered with various organizations which address all aspects of a Resilient Community - whether at home or abroad.
Power Enables Critical Assets:
Mission and Vision
LkM Solutions enables and accelerates the adoption of net-zero solutions that address climate challenges and promote the sustainable use of natural resources, through informed engagement with policymakers, innovators, and market stakeholders.
LkM brings a depth and breadth of information and experience that supports key strategic initiatives:
- Requirements & specifications development
- Proposal development
- Policy overwatch, interpretation & development
- Strategy development
- Business development
- Market analysis & reporting
- Technology analysis
LkM operates in multiple markets both foreign and domestic, with a myriad of partners, including but not limited to:
- Aid agencies
- Financial vehicles & fund partners
- Special operators
- Manufacturing processors
- Installers and integrators
bridges the gap between innovation
Net-Zero Advisors (NZA) is a network of experts, each of whom has direct industry, policy, or operational experience in DoD’s use of sustainable net-zero technologies for expeditionary deployments as well as strategic continental US applications. NZA experts have introduced future concepts into DoD’s planning, including configurations that tailor power, water, and waste systems for far more compact and resource-efficient solutions to enable operational continuity and mission readiness to support special operations in the field.
NZA promotes policy and industry action, and enables a platform to collaborate about solutions that advance the mission rather than individual corporate interests. NZA
demonstrates that the combined experience and capability of the sum of our parts is significantly more impactful than each one of us can individually bring to a project.
GlidePath Federal Solutions, LLC (GFS), led by Kevin Johnson, was formed after GlidePath Power closed an equity investment from Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners to establish a special purpose vehicle to service public sector market needs. GlidePath Power was established in 2013 with the goal of pursuing opportunities to deploy distributed generation throughout the United States. GlidePath Power has raised multiple tranches of third-party capital investments in support of its business activities. GlidePath’s original source of capital included The Energy Foundry, which is a venture fund targeting investment in energy startups and based in Chicago, Illinois. The Energy Foundry was originally capitalized by Commonwealth Edison and Ameren.
The GlidePath senior management team has a significant history of success in its prior business ventures and has industry experience averaging over 15 years in diverse areas of the energy business including asset management, construction, development, energy trading and contracting,
engineering, finance, and operations. GlidePath & LkM have partnered to accelerate the creation and adoption of unique financial models in support of project development.
Norwich University is the nation’s first private military college. Norwich University is committed to supporting and validating new and innovative models of learning for future civilian and military leaders. LkM and Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience & Security (CGRS) have partnered to craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration in a new energy track within the Center. The focus of the CGRS track is to research effective strategies and place those strategies within actionable frameworks, while drawing on the lessons learned and best practices encouraging interoperability, standardization and best-in-class, bankable solutions.
The CGRS program development aims to fully establish new undergraduate and graduate programs at Norwich University, within the next three to five years. To engage community stakeholders, we have invited the participation of the Vermont National Guard to host a jointly designed “Integrated Technology Simulation Petting Zoo.” The simulation will allow for various technology integration and financial models to be used as “wargames,” or simulations, to determine stakeholder impact, including the effect on the financial markets.
Strategos Consulting identifies and provides usable technology solutions to the USG and its partners in the global War on Terror. Strategos specializes in advancing these technologies by providing mentorship, guidance and direction in developing solutions to respond to critical mission needs of the USG and its strategic partners. In 2009, Strategos enabled the establishment of the Alliance for Power and Energy and formed a consortium of government and industry leadership to address defense requirements. In multiple organizations, Strategos has focused on developing new sustainable solutions to reduce energy or fuel consumption and improve reliability while also lowering the operating cost. Strategos specializes in articulating capabilities and matching them to
requirements and introducing ideas and deployable solutions. Strategos and LkM have partnered to further expand the impact of both expeditionary and stationary net zero solutions.
The Last Kilometer is a not-for-profit organization founded and operated by Mr. Jaron Rothkop focused on pilots, grants, and low-margin work needed to build market entry. LkM Solutions and network partners such as The Last kM coordinate with industry and government partners on projects that are typically passed over for being low-margin, market-entry projects — both as a signal of goodwill and a grateful nod to the markets and customers who need this technology the most, and can afford it the least.
The Consortium for Energy, Environment, and Demilitarization (CEED) offers a uniquely rapid, cost-efficient and collaborative OTA contracting vehicle for companies and educational organizations seeking to enter the Federal market. As an alternative to the often complex Federal Acquisition Regulation, which might discourage small non-traditional entities from seeking to work with the Government, CEED provides its members and eligible Federal agencies a user-friendly partnership path.
LkM Solutions is a member of CEED to enable the rapid deployment of new technology to meet the global challenges facing our Nation—specifically energy security as it pertains to our national security interests. The U.S. Government has set the goal to reduce overhead, streamline program management as well as setting and meeting more realistic requirements. LkM is committed to seeing this goal through and utilizes the CEED contract vehicle to do so.
In partnership with USACE and ERDC labs, TMSC is a Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL).
TMSC is developing a military standard (MIL-STD) that will resolve most significant impediments to the interoperability of tactical microgrids and their components. TMSC Objects include:
Safety, protection & human factors
Communications, controls & cyber security
TMSC uses a consortium approach to incorporate relevant organizations such as the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), industry & academia.
LkM is a member of the Tactical Microgrid Standards Consortium, in partnership with CERL, to incorporate best practices & inform the development and infusion of “innovative technologies to provide excellent facilities and realistic training lands” for DoD and other stakeholders that support mission readiness for installations and contingency bases - ensuring best quality with the lightest environmental impact, highest safety standards, and reduced life-cycle/maintenance costs
NOVEMBER 11, 2019 - Struggles do not end when one's service does. This Veteran's Day, listen to the stories being told, and honor the stories that have been lost. Thank you to Anthony Ripley, for sharing yours.
LkM Honors Our Veterans and Their Stories
AEG WAE Q4 Recap: Increasing Low-Carbon Mobility
DECEMBER 13, 2018 - AEG convened its final Stakeholder Breakfast of 2018 in Washington, DC. This breakfast focused on Mobility & Transportation as they relate to DC’s clean energy goals; the event featured a diverse set of speakers and stakeholder participants from different parts of DC’s energy and transportation sectors.
H.G. Chissell, Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, asked speakers to lead the discussion which would support actionable work for the stakeholder group. The event’s speakers gave presentations outlining their answer to the question, “What is the critical challenge I focus on regarding Mobility & Transportation related to Washington DC’s clean energy goals?”
AUSA Energy Resilience Spotlight Released
AUGUST 13, 2018 - LkM is pleased to contribute to a new AUSA Spotlight titled Energy Resilience: An Imperative for a More Lethal, Agile & Strategically-Relevant Force.
This Spotlight describes the risk continuum facing both installation and operational energy communities, outlines implications within the shifting character of war, and provides recommendations for senior leaders currently moving out on modernization priorities.
LkM is committed to supporting AUSA's efforts and hopes that the information provided in this article will help to enable and enhance individual & collective missions across the community.
Michael Rogers talks with small business owner Michelle Klassen, owner of LkM Solutions. Her firm focuses on energy resilience, infrastructure and resource access, which helps her draw a lot of parallels to the challenges small business owners face in maintaining growth and prosperity.
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