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.

The microgrid projects keep coming … Ameresco, Enchanted Rock and 127 Energy

This week brought announcements of some signature microgrid projects, most notably a microgrid that Ameresco and PEI Energy are building for Prince Edward Islands (PEI), Canada. The picturesque coastal province first announced plans for the microgrid in April 2020, describing it then as a part of a move to ease COVID-19 related financial … [Read more...]

Rural counties in California push for activation of idle microgrids as power outages mount

If a microgrid is built in California to address public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), shouldn’t it also be activated when power outages occur for other reasons?  That’s the question a group representing 38 rural counties in California is asking state regulators after being precluded from using their microgrids during multiple power outages … [Read more...]

RFQ attracts 19 applicants to build a microgrid in the British Virgin Islands

Nineteen companies have responded to a request for qualifications (RFQ) issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity (BVIEC) for a microgrid at Paraquita Bay. BVIEC, the islands' utility, is now reviewing the responses. Those selected will be invited to bid in a future tender when the utility seeks engineering, procurement and construction … [Read more...]

Vermont utility wants to ‘radically transform’ grid, add microgrids and create resiliency zones

Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont’s largest utility, plans to create new microgrids and community resilience zones as part of a plan to "radically transform" the grid that is outlined in the utility's new integrated resource plan (IRP). IRP filings are closely watched within the energy industry because they signal how utilities intend to … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]

New York state creates plan for green hydrogen microgrids

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to become a green hydrogen hub and is counting on fuel cell microgrids to help it get there. The hydrogen plan is contained within New York's 2022 State of the State book, released Jan. 5 when Hochul delivered the annual address. “Just days after being sworn into office, we were slammed with Hurricane … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Congressman Jimmy Panetta as ‘Microgrid Person of the Year 2021’

Microgrid Knowledge began choosing a person of the year in 2019, but we have yet to name an individual, instead making the award conceptual rather than personal, a convention Time magazine sometimes uses. Last year, for example, we chose the home microgrid and before that we selected the state of California. This year is different because … [Read more...]

Top 10 most read microgrid articles for 2021

Analyzing which articles attract readership offers us valuable insight into market trends. What did the 10 most read microgrid articles of 2021 tell us? A lot of newcomers are exploring the topic and strong curiosity exists about project innovation and the role of microgrids during disasters. Readers are also keeping a careful eye on policy … [Read more...]

Bad news. Santa’s bringing coal this year. How do we change the story?

Bad news. Santa is bringing coal this year. Lots of it. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects coal-fired generation to reach a new worldwide record high by the end of 2021. This, of course, is the opposite of what supporters of microgrids want to see. The goal is a cleaner, not dirtier, electric system. So how did we get here? IEA … [Read more...]

California opens proceeding on multiproperty microgrids, value of resilience

California is topping off the year by opening its next effort to advance microgrids, part of a far-reaching proceeding underway since 2019 that will now delve into multiproperty microgrids, the value of resilience and community microgrid incentives. Designated as Track 4 (phase 2) and Track 5 of the microgrid docket, the undertaking is … [Read more...]