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.

What is the Cost of a Microgrid? Think Function

cost of microgrids

We’ve asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: Are microgrids expensive? Here Michael Boswell, vice president of distributed generation at Concord Engineering, describes what goes into figuring out the cost of a microgrid. Think of the cost of a microgrid as a direct function of what the microgrid is intended to do…. … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids. Negotiating with Siemens and Fluence

microgrids

Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue … [Read more...]

Stop & Shop, Major Northeast Grocery Store Chain, to Install 40 Microgrids

grocery stores

Stop & Shop, a major retail chain in the US Northeast, announced today that it will install microgrids in 40 of its grocery stores in Massachusetts and New York. The microgrids will use Bloom Energy fuel cells.  The combined electric capacity of the 40 microgrids is 10 MW. The microgrids, which run 24/7, will ensure that power flows … [Read more...]

January 15 is Deadline for Microgrid 2020 Speaker Applications

microgrid 2020 call for speakers

For those interested in speaking or receiving a discounted registration, please make note of two important Microgrid 2020 deadlines in January. The industry's largest gathering, Microgrid 2020 will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An additional pre-conference policy and regulatory workshop is scheduled for June 1. Tours of … [Read more...]

US Clean Future Act Includes Grants and Support for Microgrids and Energy Storage

Clean Future Act

Lawmakers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released the framework for a comprehensive clean energy bill, the Clean Future Act, that includes grants and other support for microgrids and energy storage. The bill lays out a climate plan to make the US net-zero for greenhouse gases no later than 2050 and gives states the … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

earthquake

With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Yes, Solar Plus Storage is Cost Effective

solar plus storage

Ryan Shea and Madeline Tyson of Rocky Mountain Institute show why commercial customers paying demand charges and time-of-use rates should seriously consider an investment in solar plus storage, a common technology used in microgrids. As shown in a recent RMI report, battery energy storage costs are less than a fifth of what they were a … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

are microgrids expensive

Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Camp Roberts to Issue Resiliency Solicitation

microgrid on wheels

The US Department of Defense intends to issue an energy resiliency solicitation in early January for a project at Camp Roberts in Monterey, California. The project will also include the Army Signal Activity-Camp Roberts. The military installation will seek firm-fixed price bids for contracts up to 30 years. Specifically, the contract … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘Person’ of the Year and Announces Top Stories for 2019

microgrid person of the year

Microgrid Knowledge doesn’t usually choose a person of the year, as Time magazine does. But 2019 produced such a runaway winner, it seemed necessary to do so.  The winner, of course, is California.  Thanks to its green and pro-microgrid policies, California was high on the list of microgrid leaders even before this fall’s wildfire-related … [Read more...]