About Microgrid Knowledge and Staff

Microgrid Knowledge leads the way providing news on microgrids. Visit our site to read original content about markets, policies, trends and technologies in this fast-growing energy arena.Our audience includes energy businesses, organizations and policymakers, along with customers who use microgrids — or are considering doing so.

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Meet the people who bring you Microgrid Knowledge

Executive Team

Rod Walton, Managing Editor Please email story ideas to [email protected].

Rod Walton has spent 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. He formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

Walton earned his Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. His career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World. 

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.

He was named Managing Editor for Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech starting July 1, 2023

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.

Twitter: @rodwaltonelp
LinkedIn:Rod Walton

Mark Johnson, Vice President, Energy, Endeavor Business Media

Mark has been on a 30-year career journey in the information, energy and technology sectors. Educated as engineer and eventually becoming an energy consultant, he also co-founded Energy Central and became managing director of T&D World and the Utility Analytics Institute. 

LinkedIn: Mark Johnson

Lisa Cohn, Contributing Editor

I focus on the West Coast and Midwest. Email me at [email protected]

I’ve been writing about energy for more than 20 years, and my stories have appeared in EnergyBiz, SNL Financial, Mother Earth News, Natural Home Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Business, Open Spaces, the Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Renewable Energy World, Windpower Monthly and other publications. I’m also a former stringer for the Platts/McGraw-Hill energy publications. I began my career covering energy and environment for The Cape Cod Times, where Elisa Wood also was a reporter. I’ve received numerous writing awards from national, regional and local organizations, including Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Associated Oregon Industries, and the Voice of Youth Advocates. I first became interested in energy as a student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where I helped design and build a solar house.

Twitter: @LisaECohn
Linkedin: LisaEllenCohn
Facebook: Energy Efficiency Markets


Mark Johnson, Vice President, Energy

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markjeffreyjohnson/

Steve Rooney, Account Director, Energy

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevenrooney/

Kathy Hitchens, Special Projects Editor

I work as a writer and special projects editor for Microgrid Knowledge. I have over 25 years of writing experience, working with a variety of companies in the entertainment, education, and financial industries. My focus these days is on electric vehicles and the renewable energy industry, where I’ve written about utilities, solar, and wind energy companies (I like to keep things diverse!). I have a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a MBA from the University of Denver.