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.

Welcome, Stranger, to the Real Energy Revolution: Demand Flexibility and Connected Communities

If you asked folks on the street about the energy revolution, they’d probably say something about wind and solar. They'd be a bit behind the times. Renewables were the game changer a decade ago. Today’s insurgent is energy flexibility. Energy flexibility is a software-driven ability imbued within advanced distributed energy resources, such … [Read more...]

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]

Utilities Balk at Los Angeles County Plan for a Regional Microgrid Agency

A proposal by the County of Los Angeles to create a regional microgrid agency has drawn the ire of California's investor-owned utilities. But the county says the utility criticism is off target.  The county last month proposed a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of … [Read more...]

Plans Unveiled for Microgrid 2022!

Following its sold-out event this week in California, Microgrid Knowledge today announced that Microgrid 2022 will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1-2. The annual industry event is expected to attract several hundred participants, among them businesses, institutions and government entities that are exploring microgrid adoption, along … [Read more...]

Why Don’t More Companies Use Microgrids in their Climate Disaster Plans?

Wondering why more companies aren’t incorporating microgrids into their climate disaster plans? The answer may be pretty simple. They still don’t know what microgrids are. That’s one of the findings from research released today by Schneider Electric about how organizations are transforming their business models in response to climate … [Read more...]

Five Local Governments Leading the Way with Microgrid Innovation

Big ticket microgrid legislation in Washington, D.C., tends to grab headlines, but it is local governments in the United States that produce some of the most intriguing microgrid policy. Given that most electric power regulation happens at the local and state levels, these local programs serve as labs of experimentation in the real world of … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Sets up Microgrid Utility Division, Issues RFQ

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has set up a public utility division to manage microgrids and has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a design consultant for its ambitious plan to build multiple microgrids. The new utility divison is a first for the state of Ohio, according to the county, which is pursuing microgrids to attract … [Read more...]

US’ Largest County — Los Angeles — Proposes Agency to Support Microgrids in a Large Swath of California 

The County of Los Angeles last week made an eye-opening proposal — a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of California’s population. The county hopes to do for microgrids what a similar initiative, Southern California Regional Energy Network County (SoCalREN), did for … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Footprint Project Seeks Solar, Battery, Trailer Donations as it Mobilizes for Hurricane Ida

The Footprint Project, a non-profit organization that provides microgrids and other emergency energy systems during disasters, is seeking equipment donations as it gets ready to respond to Hurricane Ida on the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Minnesota-based organization plans to dispatch mobile solar equipment to meet emergency power needs in … [Read more...]