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.

Nature Offers Real-Life Drama During Microgrid Tour in Wisconsin

microgrid tour

Nature decided to upstage the rest of the presenters during a microgrid tour last week at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin. A massive thunderstorm hit on September 17 as about 75 members of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) toured the new 18,000 square-foot green building, served by the … [Read more...]

California Approves $5M Grant for Microgrid at Naval War Center

renewable energy microgrid

The California Energy Commission Friday approved a $5 million grant to demonstrate a standardized, renewable energy microgrid at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division near Oxnard. The microgrid is part of a larger, $50 million effort by the commission to help commercialize microgrids — both for the military and private … [Read more...]

Eaton Summit Heightens Government Interest in Promoting Microgrids in Pennsylvania

Eaton

Denise Brinley was surprised by the array of businesses drawn to a summit on microgrids held this week in Pittsburgh by power management company Eaton. For her it was an actionable discovery -- she's senior energy advisor of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “I walked away with the distinct impression that … [Read more...]

California Gov. Brown Signs Microgrid Bill into Law

microgrid bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law a microgrid bill (SB 1339) that is expected to boost project development in the state and perhaps nationally. Sponsored by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat of Canoga Park, the bill has won high praise from microgrid players because it opens the door to utility microgrid tariffs that are … [Read more...]

A Call for the Microgrid Industry to Join Forces Following Rejection of Carson, California Project

microgrid industry

A California developer is calling for the microgrid industry to join forces to improve communications with communities following the rejection of a project by Carson, California earlier this month. Craig Wooster, manager of the Stone Edge Farm microgrid, has issued an open letter saying the microgrid industry must find a way to speak with a … [Read more...]

New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap: It’s Not Easy Getting from Here to There

energy storage roadmap

New York has won praise for setting a goal to attract 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. But now comes the tricky part — deciding specific routes to take on energy storage roadmap. The complexity of the journey is apparent in comments recently filed by utilities, energy storage companies, microgrid developers, solar developers, advocates … [Read more...]

New York Expands Value Stack Crediting for Distributed Energy — Beyond Solar

long duration energy storage

New York regulators this week voted to expand -- beyond just solar -- the distributed energy resources eligible for compensation under the state’s new value stack crediting. The Public Service Commission gave a greenlight to apply the credit to certain energy storage projects, along with tidal energy, biomass and food-waste digestion … [Read more...]

Florence Knocks Out Power to 1/2 Million within First Few Hours. Up to 3 Million Outages Expected

Hurricane Florence

On Friday morning, just a few hours into what is expected to be a multi-day storm, Hurricane Florence had knocked out power to half million households and businesses in the Carolinas -- and the numbers kept climbing, according to Poweroutages.us. In a news conference Wednesday before the hurricane struck, Duke Energy executives said power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

zero-carbon electricity

Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

US DOE Allots $10M to Combined Heat & Power Projects for Manufacturers

CHP microgrids

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to allot up to $10 million to seven combined heat and power (CHP) projects, some of them CHP microgrids, to explore the technology’s use by small-to-midsize manufacturers. CHP is considered a highly efficient form of distributed energy because it uses the waste heat created during power production. … [Read more...]