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.

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has issued a request for information (RFI) as a preamble to a program for municipal microgrids that it plans to launch. Funds for the program will come from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The state proposes that the municipal microgrids serve critical infrastructure and it has … [Read more...]

Not Wanting to Become Texas, New Jersey Grants $4 Million for Microgrid Studies

New Jersey regulators last week approved an additional $4 million for detailed microgrid designs as part of its ongoing Town Center Distributed Energy Resources Microgrid Program. The proposed microgrids, all for government entities, would serve 24 FEMA Category IV facilities (such as hospitals, police stations and water supply facilities) … [Read more...]

Long Beach Says California Decision Fails to Remove Key Barrier to Microgrids. Calls for Rehearing

The city of Long Beach has filed a formal challenge to a recent California microgrid decision, saying that the order does not reduce the barriers to microgrid development to the extent required under state law. The city is calling for a rehearing on the January decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to create microgrid … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

GreenStruxure Teams with Energy Advisory Company…Beyond the Grid Fund Opens Call for Microgrids in Mozambique

GreenStruxure joins forces with energy advisory company on microgrids for medium-size buildings GreenStruxure, the joint venture between Schneider Electric and private equity firm Huck Capital, has formed a microgrid partnership with a Texas-based retail energy advisory service. TruEnergy will work with GreenStruxure to offer … [Read more...]

Look Who Likes Microgrids Now: Why and How the Market is Opening to Smaller Facilities

Expanding from their origins at universities, military bases and corporate campuses, microgrids are starting to make their way into smaller businesses and even neighborhoods and homes. The change comes, in part, because of a growing public awakening about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 seemed to open the … [Read more...]

California Regulators to Tackle Payment for DERs Acting as Non-Wires Alternatives

California is on a cutting edge quest to find ways to accurately value decentralized energy, as evidenced last month in its microgrid tariff decision, and this week as it takes up a proposal on using distributed energy as non-wires alternatives. The California Public Utilities Commission is slated Thursday to consider two pilot programs that … [Read more...]

Another Military Microgrid on its Way as Ameresco Breaks Ground at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Ameresco has begun work on another military energy project that includes a microgrid, this one, a $173 million endeavor at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Massachusetts-based energy efficiency and renewable energy company said Friday that it has broken ground on the project, which includes a 19-MW combined heat and … [Read more...]

How to Engage Middle America on Climate? Make Resilience Primary, says Gina McCarthy

Bringing middle America into the climate discussion requires focusing on the importance of resilience and job creation, said Gina McCarthy, President Joe Biden’s new climate advisor, speaking yesterday at a policy forum organized by the Energy Storage Association. “Look, we have to get the middle of the country understanding and active on … [Read more...]