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.

Microgrid Industry to California: Help Us Help You

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We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into regulation … [Read more...]

Southern California Tribe Issues RFP for Microgrid

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California's San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (SPBMI) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks design-build services for a hybrid microgrid that would supply electricity to essential buildings during utility outages. Release of the RFP follows power shut offs to millions of Calfornians in recent weeks as utilities attempt to … [Read more...]

India’s Largest Power Company Plans 10,000 Microgrids, Swelling the Global Count

Tata Power

India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power, plans to set up 10,000 renewable microgrids by 2026, more than double the number of microgrid projects identified in the world today. In unveiling the plan Monday, Tata Power said the scale of the endeavour will make the company the largest microgrid developer and operator in the … [Read more...]

PG&E May Speed Development of 40 Microgrids Following Power Shutoff

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may speed development of 40 microgrids to help customers maintain electricity when wildfire threats force it to deenergize portions of its grid. The utility described its plans Friday in a four-hour emergency meeting called by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to the October … [Read more...]

San Jose Looks to Exit PG&E to Develop Microgrids Following California’s Power Shutoff

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The mayor of San Jose, California wants more microgrids in his city following Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) recent power shutoff — and he’s willing to break ties with the utility to do it. Mayor Sam Liccardo late last week petitioned the city council to create a municipal utility “for the purposes of strategic development of … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

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California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

Can We Really Reach These Big Green Goals?

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How fast the US adopts renewable energy and electric vehicles is likely to influence microgrid growth. So where are renewables and EVs heading? Are the big goals we hear about just aspiration or are they destination?  Hawaii, Maine, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are pursuing 100% renewables. About a dozen states have set standards … [Read more...]

California Regulators Open Proceeding to Boost Microgrid Development

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California regulators are looking at ways to boost microgrid development, possibly through a microgrid tariff, as part of newly opened proceeding. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) initiated the rulemaking in response to a state law enacted last year (SB 1339) that requires steps be taken to facilitate microgrids and reduce barriers to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Operators and Regional Grid Operators Really Need to Talk

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The unknown unknowns are what keep regional grid operators up at night. And right now the rapid growth of customer-sited microgrids, invisible to grid operators, count high among them. That’s the message delivered last week by Jonathan Monken, PJM senior director, speaking on a plenary panel at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in … [Read more...]

Microgrids Already on their Way to the Bahamas…Just Not Fast Enough

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Often communities don’t even start to think about microgrids until after a disaster, giving rise to the adage ‘follow the carnage’ to describe a common path to microgrid development. But in the Bahamas, if there is any good news, it’s that microgrids were already on their way before Hurricane Dorian. The head start is a result of … [Read more...]