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Peter Asmus, Principal Research Analyst

Peter Asmus

Peter Asmus is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Energy Technologies program, with a focus on emerging energy distribution networks models such as nanogrids, microgrids, and virtual power plants. His expertise also includes wind energy, marine hydrokinetic technologies, and renewables generally. Asmus has over 28 years of experience in energy and environmental markets as an analyst, writer, book author, and consultant.

Asmus is the author of four books covering key energy market issues: Reaping the Wind, Introduction to Energy in California, Reinventing Electric Utilities, and In Search of Environmental Excellence. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is quoted regularly in major publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Reuters. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Asmus was president of Pathfinder Communications, serving clients such as the California Independent System Operator, GE, and the California Energy Commission. Additionally, he was editor of the Clean Power Journal, assistant editor of California Policy Choices, and has written for a number of energy trade publications, including Windpower Monthly and Electric Utility Week. He holds a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

Recent Reports

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  • Market Data: Diesel and Natural Gas Generator Sets

    Distributed Reciprocating Engines for Residential, Standby, Cogeneration, Utility, and Prime and Continuous Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

    Diesel and natural gas generator sets (gensets) are the most widely adopted distributed energy resources on the planet, and they have been established as an industry for over a century. But as the global power equation shifts toward generation that is more distributed, clean, and intelligent, traditional markets for gensets are unde...

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  • Military Microgrids

    US DOD Stationary Base, Forward Operating Base, and Tactical Mobile Systems: Market Analysis and Forecasts

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) is the single largest consumer of petroleum in the world. Moreover, US military operations (as a single entity) represent the largest consumer of all forms of energy globally. The genesis of the DOD’s interest in improving energy security through microgrid technology stems from its heavy reliance...

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  • Market Data: Energy Storage for Microgrids

    Advanced Batteries and Flywheels for Grid-Tied and Remote Microgrid Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

    Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems (ESSs) have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of these distributed energy networks. Microgrids are typically centered around generators providing solely electricity or combined heat and power (CHP) that often run on natural gas or diesel. The additio...

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  • VPP Transactive Energy Revenue Streams

    The concepts of virtual power plants (VPPs) and transactive energy (TE) are similar in that they place prosumers—formerly passive consumers that now also produce energy—at the forefront of an emerging market for grid services delivered by distributed energy resources (DER). Yet, industry stakeholders must consider significant di...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Postcard from Puerto Rico

    November 1, 2017

    It has been more than a month since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico. The majority of this US territory remains without reliable electricity and is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. The lack of power in Puerto Rico, as well as the hurricanes that struck Florida and Texas, have turned up the heat on utilities, re...

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  • Data Centers and Military Microgrids: The Diesel Dilemma

    October 20, 2017

    If something isn’t broken, why try to fix it? This kind of thinking sums up the perspective of many owners and operators of data centers. If they feel comfortable with the technology or solution that has been in place for quite some time, the incentive to enact something new and different is small. As a result, to maintain power f...

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  • Making the Case for Short-Term Solar Forecasting in Plug-and-Play Remote Microgrids

    August 25, 2017

    The microgrid market is tilting toward solar PV generation as a preferred resource. This is especially the case within the context of remote microgrids due to the economic advantages these systems present from an ongoing operations and maintenance perspective. A concentrated effort to move closer to plug-and-play microgrids is also ...

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  • Exploring Potential for Integrating Transactive Energy into Virtual Power Plants

    August 4, 2017

    The concepts of virtual power plants (VPPs) and transactive energy (TE) are similar in that they place prosumers—formerly passive consumers that now also produce energy—front and center in an emerging market for grid services delivered by distributed energy resources (DER). Both trends are indicative of an electric grid ecosyste...

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Recent Press Releases

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