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.

American Green Bank Consortium Forms as Conversation Turns to Financing Resilience

green bank

US green banks may gain new clout — and microgrids new financing opportunities — with the formation of a green bank consortium this week. The American Green Bank Consortium intends to use the combined scale of public, quasi-public, and non-profit green banks to raise more capital and share knowledge. US green banks have so far generated $3 … [Read more...]

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

solar

San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San Diego as part of an effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [Read more...]

Orange & Rockland Issues RFP for 17-MW Microgrid as a Non-wires Alternative in New York

non-wires alternative

New York utility Orange & Rockland has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a microgrid of up to 17 MW to serve as a non-wires alternative to a substation upgrade in Orange County. Proposals are due March 7. The Consolidated Edison subsidiary seeks business partners to offer a microgrid that employs solar panels, fuel cells, … [Read more...]

Three Big Energy Ideas to Watch in 2019

Green New Deal

Energy is changing so fast it’s a little dangerous to make predictions. But three ideas are emerging in the US that warrant a close look given how profoundly they could reshape both microgrids and the macrogrid in 2019. The Green New Deal The first and potentially biggest is the Green New Deal, a political concept being pushed by some … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions for the Microgrid Industry from 4 Leading Companies

microgrid industry

What needs to be done in 2019 to spur more microgrid growth? We asked four microgrid industry leaders – Ameresco, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens. Here are their New Year's resolutions, lightly edited for brevity and clarity. Ameresco Will Agate, Ameresco's vice president - microgrid services, expects 2019 to go down as … [Read more...]

2019 Looks Big for Home Battery Storage in Australia

virtual power plant

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes the promising growth in home battery storage underway in Australia. There is no doubt that 2018 has been a massive year for solar PV, with any number of major milestones and records notched up over the course of the year, including two million solar homes. But could 2019 be the year of the … [Read more...]

10 Most-Read Articles on Microgrid Knowledge in 2018

Our annual most-read microgrid articles list, a compilation of those that attracted the highest number of pageviews, offers insight into some of the big events and trends of the year. Topics that captured reader attention included solar microgrids, microgrid costs, Puerto Rico’s rebuild, energy storage, new microgrid projects and players, DC … [Read more...]

Who Attends Microgrid Knowledge Conferences?

microgrid knowledge conferences

Microgrid Knowledge conferences attract the thought leaders who are shaping and guiding microgrid growth and evolution worldwide. Held annually, our conferences are the industry's largest, with content designed for businesses, institutions and communities curious about how microgrids can benefit them. The conference also attracts microgrid … [Read more...]

No Microgrid is an Island? A Look at the Growing Value of Connectedness

microgrids

Well, okay, some microgrids are electrical islands, particularly those that are on a literal island or in a desert or on a mountaintop or somewhere no central grid exists. They function in a stand-alone fashion, or in industry parlance islanded. Others operate independently just some of the time, separating from the central grid during a … [Read more...]

New York Approves Strategy to Install 3,000 MW of Energy Storage

energy storage pilot

New York state regulators yesterday approved energy storage goals of 1,500 MW by 2025 and 3,000 MW by 2030, plus a strategy to reach them, including a $310 million incentive program. The commission has been considering its energy strategy for several months and collecting recommendations from industry players that ranged from accelerating … [Read more...]