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.

Military Microgrid at Twentynine Palms Set to Undergo Expansion

military microgrid

A 10-MW military microgrid in the California city Twentynine Palms is set to undergo a $7.8 million expansion as part of long-term plan to achieve energy independence. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center's (MCAGCC) received a task order for the job in late September from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) "This project is a … [Read more...]

What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?

electric resilience

Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. Because the pain that outages inflict varies so much, it is hard to place a universal price on electric resilience. So it is crucial that each customer knows what power loss costs them as they weigh their need for a microgrid, according to … [Read more...]

AES Energy Storage Proves Itself During Island Hurricanes

energy storage

News continues to emerge about microgrids and energy storage being employed during and after the recent North American hurricanes, most recently in the Dominican Republic. When the storm season was threatening, the Dominican grid operator asked power services company AES Dominicana to keep two 10-MW of energy storage units operating to ensure … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

microgrids and energy storage

It’s been a tough year for North American electric grids -- hurricanes, heat, fires, an eclipse. But an Arizona utility is reporting that it did just fine with some help from new microgrids and energy storage. “Driving past a microgrid or energy storage unit, many customers wouldn’t look twice, but those technologies are playing an increasingly … [Read more...]

What is it about Humboldt County and Microgrids?

airport microgrid

Take note of the microgrid activity in Humboldt County, California, where this week officials approved plans to seek state funding for an airport microgrid. Should the project come to fruition, it will be the community’s second microgrid. The first is the much-cited Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid, now in operation. Two microgrids might not … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

Alaska microgrid

The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]

California Offers up to $2M for Microgrid Modeling Tool to Quantify Value

microgrid modeling tool

California is making up to $2 million available for development of a microgrid modeling tool that will help in quantifying the value of a microgrid for both customers and the larger electric grid. The microgrid grant is part of a larger $9.074 million offering, called the Distribution System Modeling Tools to Evaluate Distributed Energy … [Read more...]

California Nears Homestretch on Roadmap to Commercialize Microgrids

commercialize microgrids

California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that aims to help commercialize microgrids. Comments are due by October 27 on the draft document, created with oversight from the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission and California Independent System Operator. In addition, the … [Read more...]

What Do Today’s Microgrid Customers Seek?

microgrid customers

What are today’s microgrid customers seeking? The quick answer is more reliable power. The deeper answer is that they need “optionality,” according to Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US. Carlson, who will be a featured panelist at Microgrid 2017 in Boston next month, sat down recently with Microgrid Knowledge to describe … [Read more...]

Wind-Powered Microgrids Tagged for Puerto Rico in Relief Effort

wind-powered microgrids

The microgrid industry continues to rally to help Puerto Rico, with the latest effort coming from makers of distributed wind-powered microgrids. The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) reports that is members are getting ready to send turnkey microgrids to help Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands that lost power as a result of … [Read more...]