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
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Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded RealEnergyWriters.com, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

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 [email protected]

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: [email protected]
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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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 KnowledgePeter 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.

about Microgrid Knowledge

Sarah Rubenoff, Special Projects 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.

ethan howlandEthan Howland, Contributor

I’ve been reporting on the power sector since the 2000-2001 Western Energy Crisis. Working as a stringer for Platts and other publications, I covered utility finance, public policy, state and federal legislation and regulation, project development and infrastructure, legal and environmental issues.