Podcast #026: Ana Sophia Mifsud – Her story from ground zero – Shaping the energy future of Puerto Rico with microgrids

Ana Sophia Mifsud of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) takes host Bill Nussey on a tour a microgrid in a rural school in Puerto Rico. She explains what it means to live and work within the community there and how that approach helps drive lasting change. Read More

Puerto Rico shines a bright light on the shortcomings of the world’s electricity infrastructure

On August 7, 2018, an untrimmed tree fell on an electrical transmission line in Puerto Rico, leaving 130,000 people in San Juan without power for an hour and a half. Big deal, right? When compared to the immense and long-lasting damage done to the island’s grid by Hurricane Maria the year before, a brief power… Read More

Microgrid powered neighborhoods are a real thing – how can we get more of them?

Imagine a neighborhood powered entirely by local energy. Shared solar panels, energy efficient homes, and community batteries to power houses at night. Even when the grid is down, lights and air conditioning will keep running without a hitch. While this vision remains a rarity, it is starting to happen. The Reynolds Landing Smart Neighborhood in… Read More

An interview with Susan Kennedy, CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS)

I first saw Susan Kennedy speak at Solar Power International in 2017. Susan is the CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions, one of the most visible leaders in the rapidly growing microgrid industry. Susan’s resume is a decades-long testament to her legislative prowess and dedication to clean energy. She has served as a high-ranking aide to… Read More