Speaker Biography

Peter Asmus is Research Director for microgrids at Guidehouse (formerly Navigant Research) focusing on emerging energy distribution, integration and optimization of smart grid models such as nanogrids, microgrids and virtual power plants.  Asmus has 30 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, as an analyst, writer, and consultant. His expertise also extends to renewables such as wind power, marine hydrokinetics and solar energy.

Asmus has been managing Navigant Research’s microgrid syndicated research service since 2009. In that role, he has served as the lead author of over 40 different reports covering topics as diverse as different microgrid global market segments (ranging from off-grid, remote communities to direct current (DC) data centers), capacity and revenue forecasts, technology evaluations and regulatory analysis. During the course of this research, he has also profiled over 100 market players active in this microgrid space.

Prior to joining Navigant Research, Asmus was president of Pathfinder Communications, and among his private sector consulting clients were the following companies: General Electric; Clipper Wind, Green Mountain Energy, SunPower, and BP Alternative Energy. His governmental clients include the California Independent System Operator, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, California State Joint Committee on Energy Regulation and the Environment and the Local Government Commission. Other public interest and trade association clients include Businesses for Social Responsibility, Governor’s Wind Energy Coalition, American Wind Energy Association, Independent Energy Producers, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, Global Greens, Future 500 and National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

Asmus is also 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 he is quoted regularly in major publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Reuters.  He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in journalism.

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