Revolution in Evolution: Even Greatest Movements Must Change

Dec. 12, 2023
Microgrids are not a company, but they are part of a movement. They serve certain needs for resiliency, sustainability and efficiency. Over coming decades, the mission might change and the movement needs to be ready and adaptive.

The greatest movements accelerate change, whether economic or political, because they answer a certain call in society. We want it, even though we may not know it, and a smart thinker fulfills that desire.

But such movements usually die or fade out because they don’t evolve with the times or recognize change is a’coming. Think Blockbuster, Lehman Brothers, Woolworth, the Whig party.
Microgrids are not a company, but they are part of a movement. They serve certain needs for resiliency, sustainability and efficiency. Over coming decades, the mission might change and the movement needs to be ready and adaptive.
I was struck by a quote from a company leader in the story by Kathy Hitchens recently on a collaboration between ProtoGen and the Idaho National Laboratory to develop a microgrid resilience corridor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Microgrids too often focus on internal benefit elements and don’t stretch outward to find new pathways of scalability, to paraphrase ProtoGen President Kevin Wright.
He says it much better than I, and you can find the quote in the story. We also see new thinking in an expansion of Maryland’s resilience and microgrid investment objectives. We find it fortunate and timely that our Microgrid 2024 Conference will be April 22-24 in Maryland at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
Microgrids are clearly an answer to current and future needs in how both power distribution and the economy are going to electrify and adapt to become less pollutive and hopefully more profitable. In moving forward, of course, it’s always smart to be cognizant of history and know that the future requires revolution in evolution, expanding range in change. Time has proven this over and over again.

About the Author

Rod Walton, Managing Editor | Managing Editor

For Microgrid Knowledge editorial inquiries, please contact Managing Editor Rod Walton at [email protected].

I’ve spent the last 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. I was an energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World before moving to business-to-business media at PennWell Publishing, which later became Clarion Events, where I covered the electric power industry. I joined Endeavor Business Media in November 2021 to help launch EnergyTech, one of the company’s newest media brands. I joined Microgrid Knowledge in July 2023. 

I earned my Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. My career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World, all in Oklahoma . I have been married to Laura for the past 33-plus years and we have four children and one adorable granddaughter. We want the energy transition to make their lives better in the future. 

Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech are focused on the mission critical and large-scale energy users and their sustainability and resiliency goals. These include the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as the military, universities, data centers and microgrids. The C&I sectors together account for close to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Many large-scale energy users such as Fortune 500 companies, and mission-critical users such as military bases, universities, healthcare facilities, public safety and data centers, shifting their energy priorities to reach net-zero carbon goals within the coming decades. These include plans for renewable energy power purchase agreements, but also on-site resiliency projects such as microgrids, combined heat and power, rooftop solar, energy storage, digitalization and building efficiency upgrades.

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