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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 25 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, and was previously 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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  • 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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  • Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17

    Commercial and Industrial, Community, Utility Distribution, Institutional/Campus,

    Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17 is the 12th edition of its microgrid database that is updated semiannually. This edition of the Tracker shows remote projects leading all microgrid segments in terms of both microgrid capacity and number of projects. The commercial and industrial segment made a huge push in thi...

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  • Market Data: Combined Heat and Power in Microgrids

    Turbines, Microturbines, Reciprocating Gensets, and Fuel Cells:

    Combined heat and power (CHP) systems—which generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single unit—were the original microgrids. CHP has been operating as an efficient, simple form of self-sustaining microgrid for more than a century. Boasting double the efficiency of typical grid-supplied power, the opportunities for ...

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  • C&I Microgrids

    Grid-Tied and Remote Microgrid Forecasts,

    The commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrid segment is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid markets. It is quickly maturing as risk averse energy managers become more comfortable with the microgrid platform as it is validated by other customer segments and applications. The lack of uniform standards for microgrid...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Taking VPPs to the Next Level

    June 20, 2017

    The primary goal of a virtual power plant (VPP) is to achieve the greatest possible profit for asset owners—such as a resident with rooftop solar PV coupled with batteries—while maintaining the proper balance of the electricity grid at the lowest possible economic and environmental cost. The purpose is clear, but getting to this...

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  • C&I Customers Are the New Rage in Today’s Evolving Microgrid Landscape

    May 8, 2017

    The world of microgrids offers a spectrum of vendor opportunity. Each market niche has its own set of opportunities and barriers and vendor leaders and laggards, as well as preferred business models. While governments and policy wonks tend to focus on the surge of interest in both the utility and community resilience microgrid secto...

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  • Microgrids or VPPs or Both?

    April 25, 2017

    What’s the difference between a microgrid and a virtual power plant (VPP)? I like to say that there’s a 75% overlap between microgrids and VPPs. What they have in common is the aggregation and optimization of distributed energy resources (DER). Where they differ is that a microgrid has a confined network boundary and can disconn...

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  • The Energy Cloud: Is Australia Supplanting New York as Global Leader?

    March 13, 2017

    The fact that Audrey Zibelman is leaving her top position at the New York Public Service Commission to become CEO at the Australian National Energy Market (AEMO) is just one sign that the world’s eyes are increasingly turning to the land down under for inspiration and innovation when it comes to an emerging Energy Cloud future. Th...

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Recent Press Releases

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