Most Read Microgrid Articles & the Trends They Reveal for 2017

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Energy storage, energy storage, energy storage. Its trends, trials and triumphs are being carefully watched by microgrid insiders. That’s one takeaway from our list of most read microgrid articles for the first six months of this year.

Four of the 10 most read articles headlined the resource. And the Energy Storage Association’s annual event captured the top spot — an analysis about what drew so many people to the Denver conference.

Energy isn’t prone to creating celebrities. Still it seems to have one in Audrey Zibelman, a chief architect of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, who made the news when she left New York for Australia. That story is number 5.

Our readers also were captured by articles about blockchain energy, Pittsburgh’s grid-of-microgrids, and NY Prize.

Utilities featured in the top articles were Consolidated Edison, Enel and Eversource. Some of the companies were: ABB, Demand Energy, ESS, GI Energy, Hitachi, LO3 Energy, S&C Electric and Siemens.

Readers have kept two articles trending since 2016. “What Does a Microgrid Cost?” (April 2016) and “Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better” (August 2016).

Below is the list of top 10 most read microgrid articles for January 1 through July 1, 2017.

Most Read Microgrid Articles
  1. Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. This year, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Something big is afoot here.

  1. Con Edison Proposes New Energy Storage Business Model

Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites.

  1. Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy blockchain work for a Brooklyn microgrid – and demonstrate it for the rest of the world.

  1. Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids?

To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now.

  1. Audrey Zibelman to Leave NY PSC to Head Australia Grid Operator
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Audrey Zibelman, microgrid industry’s rock star?

Audrey Zibelman, one of the chief architect’s of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), is stepping down as chairman of the Public Service Commission, to head the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

  1. What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?” Italian energy giant Enel has swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state.

  1. What Does a Microgrid Cost?

When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication. Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.”

  1. Meet the Microgrid Project Winners Selected in Stage 2 of the NY Prize

Here’s a look inside the 11 microgrid project winners selected March 23 by the New York Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in Stage 2 of the NY Prize.

  1. Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

New England’s largest utility in January petitioned regulators to pre-approve $100 million for energy storage in Massachusetts and $45 million for electric vehicle infrastructure

  1. Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage. Solar microgrids can.

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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of 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.


  1. Saleh Sheikh says:

    Microgrid is the alternate to Battery Storage, perhaps.
    It would advance PV, little realized so far.
    Success stories are awaited.