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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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  • Capitalizing On Integrated DER in Australia

    In the past, Australia has been viewed by many as an isolated energy market of little relevance to the global Energy Cloud ecosystem. Recent power outages, wholesale and retail price spikes, and among the highest penetrations of distributed solar PV in the world have made Australia a focal point of innovations today—especially wh...

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  • Market Data: Demand Response for C&I

    Global CIDR Capacity, Site, Spending, and Revenue Forecasts: 2018-2027

    Since the launch of the first demand response (DR) programs decades ago, the industrial sector has represented an important target customer base. Energy usage in industrial facilities is generally electricity intensive, and it tends to be more complex than in commercial buildings due to the range and type of industrial energy proces...

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  • Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview

    Biomass, CHP, Diesel, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Hydro, Solar PV, and Wind:

    The driving force behind microgrid deployments is the growth in a wide variety of distributed energy resources (DER). As one of many options to aggregate and optimize these DER, the microgrid platform challenges the status quo by allowing for new levels of resilience and reliability in light of emerging threats to global power grids...

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  • Smart Gensets

    Automated, Interactive, and Analytics-Enabled Reciprocating Generator Sets

    Reciprocating generator sets (gensets) have traditionally been deployed with simple control systems, often sitting dormant until a power outage occurs. But as the global power equation shifts toward generation that is more distributed, intelligent, and interconnected, smart features are being incorporated into gensets at a growing ...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • What Will the Microgrid of the Future Look Like?

    March 6, 2018

    Microgrids have been around for a long time. In the past, the majority were powered up by diesel fuel and often were not connected to a traditional utility power grid. But what will the microgrid of the future look like? As reported in the last update to the Microgrid Deployment Tracker published in 4Q 2017, the remote microgrid mar...

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  • Postcard from Australia: Audrey Zibelman Interview

    February 27, 2018

    As noted in a previous blog, the hiring of Audrey Zibelman, former head of the New York Public Service Commission, as the new CEO of the Australian National Energy Market (AEMO) helped shine a spotlight on innovation occurring down under. A recent report suggests Australian network operators will pay prosumers $2.5 billion annually ...

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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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Recent Press Releases

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