Michael T. Burr, Executive Director
Michael T. Burr initiates and leads collaborative work among multidisciplinary groups of subject matter experts and leaders. He has produced more than 20 volumes of energy industry journals; participated in numerous public events and seminars; and led formative industry initiatives to accelerate adoption of advanced energy technologies.
Michael founded Burr Energy LLC dba Microgrid Institute in 2013, and founded successor entities Burr Energy Inc. dba Microgrid Initiatives in 2024. As Executive Director and Principal Consultant, he coordinates multidisciplinary work addressing development and operation of energy microgrids. He represents Microgrid Initiatives in stakeholder engagements, provides owner's representation and project management support, and leads collaborative teams in a variety of projects, from market studies to microgrid system implementation.
Michael began his career in 1988 on the editorial staff of Independent Energy magazine and the Independent Energy Forum, serving developers and finance executives in the independent power producer (IPP) industry. In the 1990s, after serving as communications director for the National Independent Energy Producers trade association (succeeded by EPSA), he began an independent analysis and consulting practice that numbered among its clients IBM, Barclays PLC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, and U.S. Generating Co. In the late 1990s he served as editor of PennWell’s Electric Light & Power magazine. In the 2000s he served as editor-at-large for Inside Counsel magazine. He joined Public Utilities Reports in 2001, and from September 2007 through April 2014 he served as editor-in-chief of Public Utilities Fortnightly, the journal of record for the U.S. investor-owned utility industry. He also served as associate publisher from 2009 through 2014.
Michael is a highly sought public speaker, lecturer, and facilitator, and regularly contributes his time and expertise to industry associations and community service organizations. He lives and works in Central Minnesota with his wife of 35 years.