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Today, Peter Asmus, an energy analyst and expert, joins the show to discuss the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids. You’ll learn about the importance of resilience in the energy sector and why utilities are becoming less opposed to microgrids. He also explains the impact of California wildfires on the popularity of microgrids and the necessity of standardized microgrids for large-scale deployment.

Listen in as Peter describes the complexities and misconceptions surrounding batteries and their role in energy systems. He shares exciting details about his current project on Alaska’s energy innovation and the measures needed to tackle the climate crisis there. You’ll also hear why being proactive with your energy is crucial for business owners and how microgrids can provide cost savings, resilience, and sustainability.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Peter’s career from journalist to analyst in the energy sector.
  • The importance and implementation of distributed energy resources and microgrids.
  • The resilience and reliability challenges in the energy industry.
  • The importance of being prepared as a business owner.
  • Why it is better to be proactive with your energy rather than reactive.
  • Why microgrids are more approachable than what they seem.
  • The challenges of microgrids, especially in areas affected by natural disasters.
  • Peter’s current project on Alaska’s energy innovation and solutions for climate crisis improvement.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

  • “Originally, utilities would barely pay attention to solar PV installations because they were so small, and there were so few of them. They wouldn’t even include it in the planning. Fast forward to now, if you don’t pay attention to DERS, you’re going to have some major problems.” – Peter Asmus
  • “Commercial and industrial customers are probably the fastest growing market, mainly because we’ve had so many power outages. And one of the challenges with micro is, right now, there is not an established value for resilience.” – Peter Asmus
  • “The battery prices have gone down so much, so you don’t have to choose between cost savings and resilience and even sustainability nowadays through a microgrid or other system.” – Peter Asmus

Resources In Today’s Episode:

Time Stamps:

  • 00:00:03: Introduction
  • 00:01:16: The Start of Peter’s career in the energy sector
  • 00:02:15: Discussion on Distributed Energy Resources
  • 00:03:35: Peter’s Journey from Journalist to Analyst
  • 00:05:18: The Skill of Making Energy Interesting
  • 00:08:22: Focus on Distributed Energy Systems and Microgrids
  • 00:10:45: Growth of Commercial and Industrial Customers
  • 00:14:40: Resilience and Reliability in Energy Sector
  • 00:19:08: Peter’s Experience with a Virtual Power Plant
  • 00:21:12: Discussion on Modular Microgrid
  • 00:22:04: Trend in containerized microgrids
  • 00:23:06: Effects of California wildfires on microgrids’ popularity
  • 00:23:37: Challenges faced in implementing microgrids in Stinson beach
  • 00:24:06: Necessity of standardized microgrids for deploying them at scale
  • 00:24:57: Discussion on complexities and misconceptions in the market about batteries
  • 00:28:51: Peter’s current exciting project: Writing a book about Alaska energy innovation
  • 00:32:01: Measures that Alaska needs to take to improve their climate crisis situation
  • 00:33:03: Solutions for efficient resources in Alaska
  • 00:34:58: Peter’s preference for electric vehicles as a transformative technology
  • 00:38:02: Peter shares his preferred sources for information and resource recommendation
  • 00:41:25: Peter expresses his success parameter in the context of energy system installment
  • 00:44:14: Ending and Acknowledgement

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