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.

Schneider Electric Goes Big by Going Local in the Microgrid Market

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Advanced microgrids were still something of a bet four years ago when Schneider Electric and partners rolled out the Oncor microgrid in Texas, an early demonstration project. Tiptoeing into microgrids then, the energy management and automation giant now is in full stride, made clear this week at its Innovation Summit North America in Atlanta, … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric to Deliver Microgrid for Distribution Center in Finland

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Schneider Electric will deliver an industrial microgrid in southern Finland to serve a distribution center run by Lidl, a German-based grocery store chain. Described by Schneider as Finland’s largest industrial microgrid, the project will use 100 percent renewable energy generated by 1,600 rooftop solar panels. Located in Järvenpää, … [Read more...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

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Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Acquires 14.9 MW Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy for $36.6M

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FuelCell Energy this week entered into an agreement to acquire Dominion Energy's 14.9 MW fuel cell park in Bridgeport, Connecticut for $36.6 million. The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer built the fuel cell park for Dominion Energy and already operates and maintains the plant under a service agreement. The transaction is the result … [Read more...]

Eaton Adds New UL Cybersecurity Certifications

Power management company Eaton has added two more technologies to its growing portfolio of products certified to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cybersecurity standards. The new UL certification are each a first in the industry in their categories, according to Eaton. The newly certified products include: Gigabit Network Card, the first … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles and Homes Connect to Microgrids in the US and Africa

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UC San Diego connects electric vehicles to microgrid The University of California San Diego continues to advance its already advanced microgrid universe of technologies, this time with electric vehicle-to-grid capabilities for its free nighttime shuttle service, Triton Rides. The program is part of "INVENT," a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) program that … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits: Eight Ways a Microgrid Will Improve Your Operation…and the World 

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Microgrids serve industries, institutions, communities and other customers in a range of ways. Here we look at eight main microgrid benefits – from keeping the lights in a storm to lowering energy costs to improving community well-being. Eight microgrid benefits 1. A microgrid improves electric reliability Among microgrid benefits, electric … [Read more...]

Cloud Computing Meets Microgrids in New Palo Alto Project

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Cloud computing giant VMware is joining forces with one of the world’s tech capitals, Palo Alto, California, to explore the potential of community microgrid projects. The partners announced on Thursday that they will develop a proof-of-concept microgrid at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto. The project will test the resiliency offered by … [Read more...]

Maryland Offers $5M for Resiliency Hub Microgrids

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Maryland today made $5 million available for resiliency hub microgrids — public places with electricity during power outages within low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a competitive solicitation for the community microgrids. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The state agency describes a … [Read more...]

Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]