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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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  • Distributed Renewables Aggregation Strategies in VPPs

    With the decline of feed-in tariffs and net metering, distributed renewables providers need to explore new ways to provide value through these installations. While the costs of solar and wind installations have fallen sharply in the last decade and can be significantly cheaper than sourcing electricity from the grid, their variabili...

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  • Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q17

    Commercial and Industrial, Community, Utility Distribution, Institutional/Campus, Military, Remote, and DC Microgrids: Projects by Region, Segment, and Top 10 Countries and US States

    Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q17 is the 13th 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 (C&I) segment made a huge p...

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  • Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids

    Meeting Resiliency, Efficiency, and Sustainability Goals

    While facilities such as military bases, hospitals, and universities are exploring the concept of an advanced microgrid, data centers have been slow to warm up to the concept. Navigant Research expects this hesitation is about to change as the commodity costs of hardware assets drop and the capabilities of automation and software co...

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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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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Five Bold Predictions on the Frontier of Energy for 2018

    January 11, 2018

    It is that time of the year again, when pundits pontificate about what the future holds, and citizens and corporations alike set goals for the coming year. I’d like to make five predictions for 2018 that underscore why a forecast increase in distributed energy resources (DER) over centralized generation will transform the global e...

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  • What Falls Under the Broad Microgrid Umbrella?

    January 9, 2018

    There is arguably one question that needs to be answered by the customer thinking about microgrids: What do they really want in terms of a power supply solution? If the customer can quantify what they are seeking in terms of dollars saved, efficiency gains, or perhaps a reduction in downtime, then the solutions provider can design a...

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  • Is Finland Europe’s Best Hope for Microgrids?

    December 7, 2017

    While Europe is considered a global leader in moving toward a low carbon energy future, the tightly regulated EU markets have several features that severely limit the development of microgrids: The focus has been on large-scale renewable energy development such as offshore wind, which requires massive investment in transmission inf...

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  • Thinking Outside the Box about Microgrid Technology

    November 28, 2017

    When one hears the word technology, most think of a hardware gadget, something tangible that can be touched and is a literal tool. However, some prominent thought leaders take a much broader view. Jayant Kumar, global digital grids director for GE Grid Solutions, points to better microgrid master planning tools as a technology vital...

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Recent Press Releases

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