About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than three 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.

Update: President Joe Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act. What will change for microgrids?

Update: On Tuesday, August 16, one day after this story was published, US President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Here are 8 changes (all good) it's expected to bring to microgrids.  The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US … [Read more...]

California’s Kern High School District issues microgrid request for qualifications

The Kern High School District in Lake Isabella, California plans to install a microgrid and has issued a solicitation for qualified companies. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada, the district serves more than 35,000 students and employs 3,500 people. To be built at the Kern Valley High School, the microgrid will back up the school’s … [Read more...]

A less obvious way the climate bill will help microgrids

Microgrid costs are likely to fall due to the Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s only one factor that promises to drive up demand for microgrids, should the climate bill pass the House as expected. The second reason has to do with how the new law will accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Microgrids are increasingly viewed as a … [Read more...]

California urged to move faster on $200 million in microgrid incentives

With power outages becoming a routine worry for many Californians, several groups last week pushed state regulators to act quickly on microgrid incentives — which are now more than a year in the making. “This program was designed and decided in early 2021, yet parties have spent months debating the implementation details,” said the Microgrid … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County draws 37 responses from RFI for microgrids and new utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said it received a “tremendous response” to its recent request for information (RFI) to build multiple microgrids and establish a county utility. Issued in early June, the RFI drew 37 responses from across the country offering guidance on the technical, commercial and contractual frameworks for the project planned in … [Read more...]

Manchin and Schumer include microgrid tax credit in climate deal

A microgrid tax credit has made it into a long-sought climate deal reached this week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Details of the proposal, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (HR 5376), are still emerging. Staff of California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, architect of … [Read more...]

5 reasons to worry about the state of the grid: NERC report

For those wondering why microgrid use is growing, a new report on the state of the grid by the North American Energy Reliability Corp. (NERC) might offer some insight. The report, “2022 State of Reliability,” doesn’t talk about microgrids, but it does describe grid vulnerabilities that are jeopardizing electric reliability. Concern about the … [Read more...]

California looks for ways to make it easier to deploy demand flexibility

As debate rages about the causes of grid fragility, especially in places like Texas and California, and renewables get caught in the crossfire, a crucial solution is often ignored: demand flexibility. Instead, politically driven sides call for fewer renewables and more fossil fuels — or more renewables and less fossil fuels. Others point to … [Read more...]

How a microgrid saved Pittsburgh International Airport $1 million

One year ago, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first airport in the nation to get all of its power from a solar and natural gas microgrid. Today, it’s got 1 million extra dollars to show for it. In an interview with Microgrid Knowledge last week, Tom Woodrow, the airport's senior vice president for engineering and intelligent … [Read more...]

As worries mount over Texas grid, major beverage distributor commissions Enchanted Rock microgrid

With the Texas grid continuing to make a poor showing, it’s little surprise that a major US food and beverage distributor says it will microgrid its Dallas facility. Ben E. Keith Company has commissioned Texas-based Enchanted Rock to install a natural gas-fired microgrid for a beverage distribution facility. The microgrid is expected to begin … [Read more...]