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Peter Asmus, Research Director

Peter Asmus

Peter Asmus is a research director 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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  • Innovations in Power Conversion Technology for Grid Storage

    Utility-Scale, Behind-the-Meter, and Off-Grid Storage: Market Dynamics, Technology Trends, and Global Forecasts

    As the global energy storage industry continues its path of rapid growth and technological innovation, power conversion systems (PCS) are emerging as a key enabling technology to facilitate optimal grid integration. Much of the industry focus over the past several years has been on battery technology, with significant decreases in p...

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  • Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q18

    Projects and Trends in the Global Microgrid Market by Region, Segment, Business Model, and Top 10 Vendors

    The Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q18 is the 14th edition of Navigant Research’s global microgrid database, which is updated semiannually. Remote projects lead all segments in this iteration of the Tracker for total microgrid power capacity and total number of database entries with shares of over 38%. The commercial and industrial...

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  • Off-Grid DER Innovations

    Commercial and Industrial, Residential, and Personal/Untethered

    The off-grid distributed energy resources (DER) market began developing in the 1990s, well before the grid-connected DER sector existed. It was the main driver for the early development of most DER technologies, such as energy storage systems (ESSs) and solar PV. However, until the last 2 or 3 years, its growth was dependent on oppo...

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  • Capturing and Maximizing Wind Power Plant Data

    Wind plant owners are facing increasing pressure to manage and reduce operations and maintenance (O&M) costs, optimize the performance of their wind projects, and foresee impending component failures. At the same time, an increasingly sophisticated data technology ecosystem of sensors, condition monitoring systems (CMSs), turbin...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • VERGE Highlights: Lessons Learned from US Navy Microgrids in Hawaii

    June 21, 2018

    Hawaii has a deep relationship with the federal Department of Defense (DOD). The bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II by the Japanese cemented that connection in the minds of Americans. In last year’s Military Microgrids report, Navigant Research found that military microgrids are likely to reach nearly $1 billion in annual imp...

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  • New Trends Point to Virtues of Fuel Cells and Direct Current for Modular Microgrids

    June 12, 2018

    The beauty of a microgrid is that it can come in so many sizes. It can also incorporate many different types of distributed energy resources (DER)—from different forms of generation to creative load management and even energy storage—to bridge any gaps in supply or demand. DER Growing Ever More Popular for Microgrids Navigant Re...

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  • Does the Telecom Market Point to the Best Way to Grow the Microgrid Market?

    June 7, 2018

    Thomas Chadwick is the 52-year-old CEO of GI Energy, a Chicago-based company of roughly 30 people. GI Energy is working to implement lessons learned from the entry of telecoms into the staid electric utility industry by creating new microgrid development business models. A recent big microgrid project win in San Francisco and a majo...

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  • New Community Business Models and Flywheel Concept Launched for Microgrids in California

    May 10, 2018

    Much of the innovative development of microgrids in the US has been on the East Coast. It is spurred on by extreme weather events and corresponding state government initiatives designed to boost resiliency. However, California—a longtime pioneer of microgrids featuring high penetrations of renewable energy—is plowing fresh groun...

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Recent Press Releases

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