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.

New Jersey Regulators Take High Touch Approach to Community Microgrids

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New Jersey regulators are taking a high touch approach to developing community microgrids, conducting a series of publicly announced visits to towns that won state grants for feasibility studies. “It’s good for me, it’s good for my colleagues, to see the nuts and bolts of these projects, what they are going to look like and which facilities they … [Read more...]

Who Uses Microgrids and Why?

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A range of businesses and institutions now use microgrids to boost electric reliability, green their energy supply, lower costs, improve efficiency and better serve customers or the local citizenry. As the fledgling microgrid industry matures, the technology’s advantages become apparent in more applications. Here we describe what types of … [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...]

What is a Microgrid?

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Welcome to About Microgrids, where Microgrid Knowledge defines terms and concepts to help readers understand the growing usefulness and popularity of this form of distributed energy. Microgrids are small, advanced electric grids with features that make them especially adept at managing energy and ensuring its reliable delivery. Self-sufficient, a … [Read more...]

Maine Business Park Seeks Partners for Green Microgrid Development

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Brunswick Landing, a business park at a former naval air station in Maine, is looking for an experienced partner to help with microgrid development as part of its larger plan to become a green technology center. Located in Brunswick on the southern Maine coast, the 3,200-acre campus now supplies its customers with only green energy. More than … [Read more...]

New One-Stop Shop for Microgrid Projects… and News from WSU, Southern & Peak Power

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Advisian and UpGrid partner to streamline microgrid projects Advisian, the advisory arm of WorleyParsons, and Boston-based start-up UpGrid, are partnering on a one-stop service to streamline development of microgrid projects. Building a microgrid often involves multiple players and as many as five different companies. The team coordinates the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren Show it Works at Illinois Microgrid

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Ameren's new Illinois microgrid demonstrated that it's able to seamlessly disconnect from the grid and run on renewable energy during a 24-hour microgrid islanding test this month. S&C Electric and Ameren conducted the test at a 1.475 MW microgrid in Champaign that the Midwest utility unveiled in May. Microgrid islanding -- the … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

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Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

New York Launches REV Connect: The Start of Energy’s Amazon?

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New York took its next big step toward creating what some describe as the Amazon.com of distributed energy with yesterday’s unveiling of REV Connect, a digital portal for market players to buy and sell services and products. REV Connect is the latest move by New York to enact its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a massive rethinking of how … [Read more...]

Get the Microgrids Ready. A Solar Eclipse is Coming & News from EIP, Stem and CPower

Get the microgrids ready. A solar eclipse is coming Because of their intelligent control systems, microgrids can assist in managing the intermittency of renewable energy. So get your microgrids ready when the August 21 solar eclipse occurs. The Energy Information Administration is reporting that the eclipse will affect 1,900 utility-scale solar … [Read more...]