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.

California Approves Microgrid Tariffs as Grassroots Groups Push for More Local Control of Energy

In a decision likely to be eyed closely by other states, California regulators yesterday approved microgrid tariffs and rules to hasten the deployment and commercialization of the technology. Approval of the tariffs, as well as accompanying microgrid incentives, followed a year-long effort by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

Why the Luxury Home Market is Primed for Microgrids

When CleanSpark began talking to owners of luxury homes in California, it pitched microgrids as it usually did with economics as a key part of the discussion. But the company soon found that these microgrid customers, unlike most others, weren’t keenly interested in return on investment. “These are people that don't care about payback; … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘The Home Microgrid’ as Person of the Year 2020

Maybe it was the pandemic or maybe it was the law of accelerating returns. Whatever the case, 2020 brought rapid change for microgrids. Where the technology was solidly for the few in 2019, it suddenly looked quite possibly for the many in 2020. That’s why Microgrid Knowledge is naming the home microgrid, as its 2020 ‘Person of the Year.’ To … [Read more...]

Google Spells Out What California Must do to Unlock the “Tremendous Potential” of Microgrids

To unlock "the tremendous potential of microgrids,” California regulators need to make two key changes to microgrid rules proposed earlier this month, according to technology giant Google. One of the provisions would allow microgrids to serve multiple commercial buildings without being categorized as ‘utilities,’ a designation that imposes a … [Read more...]

The Ten Top Microgrid Stories for 2020 Indicate Rise in Curiosity About Microgrids Among Customers

Microgrid Knowledge is seeing an influx of a new kind of reader to the site, as indicated by the ten top microgrid stories for 2020. We believe the shift reflects a larger trend in the microgrid industry. In earlier years, our most-read stories tended to reflect the interests of the industry, so they were about projects, technologies, … [Read more...]

US Development Bank to Invest $2B to Overcome Energy Poverty in Partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation

The US International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) plans to invest up to $2 billion, and The Rockefeller Foundation up to $50 million, to end energy poverty by expanding development of distributed energy systems, including minigrids. The two organizations announced a memorandum of understanding today to work together to bring reliable … [Read more...]

Reviews Mixed on Regulatory Proposal to Advance Microgrids in California

California regulators are getting an  ‘A’ for effort as they pursue pioneering rule changes to support microgrids, but beyond that, industry stakeholders diverge in their views as the proceeding nears a significant milestone (19-09-009). At issue, is a proposed decision recently issued by an administrative law judge for Track 2 of the … [Read more...]

California Judge Recommends Next Steps for Microgrid Tariffs

California took a significant step in its quest for microgrid tariffs yesterday with the release of a draft decision by Administrative Law Judge Colin Rizzo. The judge’s recommendations represent the latest step in Track 2 of the California Public Utilities Commission’s move to commercialize microgrids, as laid out by state lawmakers in … [Read more...]

US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

In another sign that the US government is making energy resilience a priority, the Department of Energy (DOE) is incorporating microgrids as part of a program to spur $440 million in energy improvements for 16 federal projects Announced late last week, the effort is meant to bring energy efficiency and resilience to a range of facilities … [Read more...]