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.

ABB Microgrid to Integrate Wind and Solar on Aruba

ABB microgrid

Aruba plans to install an ABB microgrid to integrate the island’s renewables, a feat accomplished by a microgrid’s controller or ‘brain.’ Microgrids are increasingly being deployed for this purpose in places, like Aruba, that are striving to make renewables a greater part of their mix. The Dutch Caribbean island wants to reduce use of … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrids: A Guide to More Reliable, Clean, Lower-Cost Energy for Hospitals

healthcare microgrids

This is first article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals.  The senior population is on a path to double in the U.S, and even triple in Europe, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This creates pressure to expand hospitals, healthcare networks, assisted … [Read more...]

New! The Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Why Pennsylvania Utilities Want to Build Public Purpose Microgrids: Legislative Hearing

public power microgrids

Two Pennsylvania utilities made a case to state lawmakers this week for public purpose microgrids as concern heightens over the potential for a cyberattack on the electric power grid. Representatives from PECO Energy and Duquesne Light were among about half dozen industry and government experts, some from national energy organizations, who … [Read more...]

New York Offers up to $6.3M for New Energy Storage Technologies that Boost Renewables

energy storage technologies

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering up to $6.3 million to commercialize emerging energy storage technologies that support renewable power in the state. NYSERDA is starting the two-step solicitation (PON 3585) process by seeking concept papers through July 20. The authority wants papers that look at … [Read more...]

Navigant Identifies 173 More Microgrid Projects, Sees Growth in Solar & CHP Microgrids

microgrid projects

Navigant Research has identified 173 new microgrid projects worldwide in its Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17, released this week. In all, Navigant has found 1,842 microgrids operating, under development, or proposed, representing 19,279.4 MW of capacity globally. In its last tracker, released in December 2016, Navigant had counted 1,681 … [Read more...]

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid Designed for Brooklyn Medical Corridor

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid

Here we profile the Clarkson Avenue Microgrid project, as part of a series of occasional articles about NY Prize winners, based on their detailed applications to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Given the critical nature of their services, hospitals are prime candidates for microgrids. Maintaining a … [Read more...]

Hearing Scheduled for Monday, June 19 on Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill

Pennsylvania microgrid bill

A legislative hearing will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 19 on a closely watched Pennsylvania microgrid bill before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), who also serves as committee chair, HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for … [Read more...]

Thriving Times for Microgrids and Nanogrids. Thank You Batteries and Distributed Gen

microgrids and nanogrids

For a long time microgrids and nanogrids were heralded for their ability to provide power locally when the grid goes down. Now, more and more, they win friends because of their intelligent usefulness. New Deutsche Bank market research explains what's driving this appreciation. Microgrids and nanogrids -- as well as virtual power plants -- are … [Read more...]

Connecticut Town Issues RFP for Two Microgrid Projects

microgrid projects

Mansfield, Connecticut has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking companies to help design and develop two microgrid projects, as it prepares to apply for incentive funds through the state. Located about 30 miles east of Hartford, the town has a population of about 26,000 and is home to the University of Connecticut's main … [Read more...]