About Microgrid Knowledge and Staff

Microgrid Knowledge leads the way providing news on microgrids and distributed energy resources. Visit our site to read original content about markets, policies, trends and technologies in this fast-growing energy arena.

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Meet the people who bring you Microgrid Knowledge


Executive Team


Elisa WoodElisa Wood, Editor-in-Chief
Please email story ideas to Elisa@MicrogridKnowledge.com.

I manage content, editorial staff, social media platforms, and conference programs for Microgrid Knowledge. My writing has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal Online, the Washington Post and hundreds of other sites. I started reporting on energy more than two decades ago for McGraw-Hill/Platts. Since then, I’ve also written for Bloomsbury, Renewable Energy World, Power Engineering International, Public Power Magazine, Utility Dive, GreenBiz, the Energy Economist and others. I have won awards from the New England Press Association, the Iowa Press Association, and the National Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Twitter: @ElisaWood
LinkedIn: Elisa Wood
Facebook:  Microgrids

Kevin Normandeau Head Shot 160Kevin Normandeau, Publisher

I focus on the business side of Microgrid Knowledge, helping our partners build awareness and consideration for their products and services with key influencers in the advance distributed energy market.  Contact me for information about sponsorship opportunities with our websites, newsletters or events. I also manage our content marketing programs including special reports and webinars. You can reach me at Kevin@Microgridknowledge.com.

My background is in technology and business-to-business publishing, I have worked with companies like PC World, AOL, and Network World. I was drawn to the energy efficiency industry while running the business and marketing operations for Data Center Knowledge, an online publication serving the data center industry.

Twitter: Kevin@knormand
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-normandeau/0/2ab/5ba/

about Microgrid KnowledgeLisa Cohn, Editor

I focus on the West Coast and Midwest. Email me at Lisa@MicrogridKnowledge.com

I’ve been writing about energy for more than 20 years, and my stories have appeared in EnergyBiz, SNL Financial, Mother Earth News, Natural Home Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Business, Open Spaces, the Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Renewable Energy World, Windpower Monthly and other publications. I’m also a former stringer for the Platts/McGraw-Hill energy publications. I began my career covering energy and environment for The Cape Cod Times, where Elisa Wood also was a reporter. I’ve received numerous writing awards from national, regional and local organizations, including Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Associated Oregon Industries, and the Voice of Youth Advocates. I first became interested in energy as a student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where I helped design and build a solar house.

Twitter: @LisaECohn
Linkedin: LisaEllenCohn
Facebook: Energy Efficiency Markets




Veronica Trotto Microgrid KnowledgeVeronica Trotto, Account Manager

My work with Microgrid Knowledge includes working to successfully implement partner programs. I also seek, develop, and nurture new business relationships in the advanced distributed energy market. Contact me at Veronica@microgirdknowledge.com if you would like to learn about our partner programs.

My background is in the B to B publishing industry. I worked at Data Center Knowledge and Network World before becoming engaged in the energy industry.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronicatrotto/




about Microgrid KnowledgeCara Goman, Associate Editor 

I have been writing about energy for a decade as a contributor to Real Energy Writers, and Microgrid Knowledge. My background is in marketing and strategic communications in the financial services industry. I hold a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a publishing certificate from the University of Denver. Prior to attending UVA, I took a career break to support microcredit and education as a volunteer with Kiva.org and Friendship Bridge in Guatemala.

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Sarah Rubenoff

Sarah Rubenoff, Assistant Editor

I work as a writer and contributor for Microgrid Knowledge. I have over 10 years of journalism experience, many of which have been spent writing for a variety of different trade publications. From the automotive industry to smart devices, the energy industry and more, I consider it part of my job to learn different verticals backwards and forwards. Research and writing. That’s the name of the game. I have a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from Averett University and a Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. I have won awards from the North Carolina Press Association.

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Peter Maloney, Features

I have covered the electric power industry for over two decades. At McGraw-Hill, I covered the rise of the independent power industry, the spread of U.S. companies into overseas markets, and the deregulation of the U.S. power market as editor of Global Power Report, 203 Independent Power Companies: Profiles of Industry Players and Projects and International Private Power Quarterly.  My work has appeared in a variety of publications and platforms, including America Economia, the American Public Power Association, CFO, Energy Risk, Engineering News Record, Global Finance, The New York Times, Utility Dive, and World Generation. I also did stints covering financial markets at U.S. Banker and Institutional Investor and co-founded and was editor of Eastern European Energy Report. At McGraw-Hill, I won an editorial excellence award for The Global Utility Book, and at U.S. Banker, I won a Jesse H. Neal award for editorial excellence.

Ken Silverstein

Ken Silverstein, Contributor

Since the late 1990s, I’ve covered energy, beginning with the rise and fall of Enron — first as a magazine writer before becoming a columnist. For more than seven years, I’ve been a columnist for Forbes while also expanding my coverage to include key environmental issues and emerging technologies such as microgrids. I’ve also done some global reporting of those same issues that touch the African and Asian regions. My work has appeared in, and by cited by, dozens of publications and broadcasts.

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Andrew Burger

Andrew Burger, Contributor

Winds of change and chance led Andrew from studies of geology and finance, out of banking and into a career in journalism, wherein he has come to specialize in all things energy and clean tech – microgrids and distributed renewable energy in particular. “Offshoring” himself around the turn of the 1st Millennium ACE, he has spent the better part of those years as a ‘digital nomad,’ living and working on every continent in the world barring Antarctica.