What We See in Microgrids…from the Editors of Microgrid Knowledge

Sept. 10, 2014
The microgrid revolution has begun. It’s going to be an exciting ride up. Join us.

Welcome to Microgrid Knowledge, the first independent, international news and feature site dedicated solely to microgrids.

We suspect you are here because you see what we see. The era of the microgrid has arrived – and more quickly than some expected.

Why is this a great time for microgrids?

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Big change has been afoot in the electric industry for several years. Today’s microgrids are the culmination of a revolution in clean energy technology, electric markets and consumer preferences.

Our Internet-based world runs on an electric charge. Shut it off and shut us down. Power outages are no small matter. Microgrids offer a way to keep the power flowing when the bigger grid fails.

Microgrids are interesting, too, because they can help so many kinds of economies – from the energy rich to the energy poor – and in completely different ways.

In short, microgrids are good for the world, so we’d like to see more of them.

We see 10 main drivers for the growing international demand for microgrids.

  1. Reliable electricity is crucial to the competitiveness of Internet-based economies
  2. SuperStorm Sandy and other weather calamities woke up North America to the headache, expense and danger of prolonged power outages
  3. Businesses, colleges, data centers, hospitals, eco-parks, the military and others increasingly seek electric supply that offers more reliability and quality than even a sophisticated central grid offers.
  4. Communities want more energy independence.
  5. Pretty much everyone wants a greener electric supply.
  6. Pretty much everyone wants more efficient electric supply.
  7. The world has become more dedicated to ending energy poverty in places like rural Africa where there is limited or no access to a dependable electric grid.
  8. Islands and other remote areas are tired of paying high prices for diesel fuel – and dealing with the pollution it creates.
  9. Costs have dropped for the new, clean forms of generation that today’s microgrids use, as well as energy storage.
  10. Today’s grid intelligence make it easier to operate microgrids.

Our editorial staff has been writing about the energy industry for more than 20 years. We see the emerging microgrid era as one of the most exciting and world-changing energy trends we’ve witnessed yet.

So we’re dedicated to giving the microgrid industry the news it needs to grow. Microgrid Knowledge will track the microgrid market as it emerges worldwide. We’ll post project profiles, write about industry trends, follow important regulatory proceedings, uncover business opportunities, post white papers and reports  – all in the most engaging and understandable prose possible.

If you see what we see, we invite you to participate in Microgrid Knowledge. Please visit our site often. Sign up for our newsletter. Email, tweet and post our articles widely. Join our Linkedin Group, Microgrid Knowledge, and follow us on twitter @MicrogridNews. We also welcome you to submit thought leader pieces and participate in our white paper program.

The microgrid revolution has begun. It’s going to be an exciting ride up. Join us.

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About the Author

Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded RealEnergyWriters.com, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

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