Elisa Wood

About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.

Meet the Microgrid Project Winners Selected in Stage 2 of the NY Prize

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Here's a look inside the 11 microgrid project winners selected March 23 by the New York Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in Stage 2 of the NY Prize. (Also see our related story about the NY Prize Microgrid Winners.) Siemens, which is working on several of the winners, said that the model projects will pave the way for … [Read more...]

NY Prize Announces Stage 2 Microgrid Winners; Sweetens the Pot by $50M Per Finalist

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In a much anticipated move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the microgrid winners for Stage 2 of the NY Prize, as well as significant new financial support for those who go on to win in the third and final stage. Each of the 11 microgrid projects that won Stage 2 will receive $1 million, for $11 million in total, allotted as part of a $40 … [Read more...]

CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

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CPS Energy’s microgrid, its first, is small. But don’t let that fool you. The San Antonio, Texas utility is thinking big. Located at the library of a military base, the microgrid is acting as a learning vehicle for the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility, a stepping stone toward its vision of a microgrid future. “We’re … [Read more...]

What Microgrids Offer Water Systems: Why Small is Better

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Rinaldo Veseliza, of Alisto Engineering Group, explains the advantages that microgrids offer water systems, as communities face the crisis of crumbling underground infrastructure that needs repair. As a practicing architect and LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) for more than 40 years, I have scoured … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Seeks Clean Energy Ideas for Gas Station Resiliency During Power Outages

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Massachusetts is looking for innovative ideas to shore up gas station resiliency as part of its wider effort to boost clean energy. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking expressions of interest -- a precursor to a funding offer -- for demonstration projects that can help keep the lights on at gas stations during power … [Read more...]

Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

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The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation … [Read more...]

Four Hospital Microgrid Projects Get Nod from New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank

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One hospital microgrid recently closed on funds from the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank and three others won preliminary approval this week. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority took action on the projects, as part of a post-Superstorm Sandy effort to disburse $200 million from New Jersey’s second Community Development Block … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

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Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to … [Read more...]

What’s Got People Thinking about Microgrids this Week?

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The idea of microgrids looked pretty good on the East Coast this week Microgrids were probably on the minds of more than a few people this week when a blizzardy storm named Stella knocked out power to more than 440,000 electric customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Outages occurred March 13-15 from Virginia to Nova Scotia. Dominion … [Read more...]

How PEER Tests Microgrid Value and Shows if Your Smart City is Really Smart

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Another monster, grid-threatening storm is bearing down on the U.S. Northeast this week. If widespread electricity failures occur, analysts will once again try to figure out what power outages cost the economy, a way of pegging microgrid value. But there is another way to look at it – a more proactive approach. What’s the value of averting the … [Read more...]