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.

A Smart Move by the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid during COVID-19

COVID-19

With the economy in a holding pattern because of COVID-19, energy use is uncharacteristically low. A couple of weeks ago Blue Lake Rancheria began to worry that the low demand spelled trouble for its microgrid. However, the microgrid controller was thinking a step ahead of everybody. The Humboldt, California tribal facility installed the … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

microgrids

History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Company Uses Know-how to Provide California with Ventilators

Bloom Energy

With the US facing a potential five-fold ventilator shortage, microgrid company Bloom Energy has figured out a quick way to refurbish ventilators on behalf of the state of California. Specialists in fuel cell microgrids, the Silicon Valley company took on the task at the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom approached Bloom … [Read more...]

Could COVID-19 Give Rise to the Home Microgrid? 

residential microgrids

The coronavirus (COVID-19) could alter who needs reliable energy — and when — and place new importance on residential microgrids. While it’s too soon to gauge energy trends after society emerges from isolatation, short-term indicators may offer clues. For one, we’re seeing what it means when a significant portion of the US population … [Read more...]

Engie EPS Cites Earnings Uncertainty from Coronavirus. Sticks to Long-term Microgrid Strategy

microgrids

Engie EPS sees microgrids and energy storage as key to its growth, but expects a short-term disruption because its manufacturing facilities are in Italy, which has been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The technology division of France-based energy giant Engie issued the warning in its 2019 earnings results released March … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

pilot microgrids

Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]

Turns out Democrats and Republicans Agree on Something: Microgrids

survey

In an era of bipartisan wrangling, it turns out microgrids are one thing US voters agree upon — at least once they understand them. That’s the finding of a survey conducted for the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts think tank that works to uncover common ground on education, healthcare, water, energy and other issues. Last year the … [Read more...]

ERCOT Warns of Tight Summer Conditions in Texas. Microgrid Opportunity?

microgrid

While California is today’s hub of microgrid opportunity, the Texas market bears watching as its grid operator, ERCOT, warns that this summer could bring record electricity use. ERCOT released its spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, more commonly known as the SARA report, last week and with it projections that the coming summer … [Read more...]

Helsinki Offers $1.1M for Way to Provide Non-Fossil, Non-Biomass Urban Heating

urban heating

Helsinki, Finland has launched a $1.1 million global competition to identify the future of urban heating, one that uses neither fossil fuels nor biomass-fired technology. The city hopes to find a solution that can be put in place by 2029, helping to decarbonize Helsinki  and possibly serving as a model for other cities worldwide. To that … [Read more...]