A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
In Bangkok, Buying & Selling Electricity Via Blockchain

Via World Economic Forum, a report on an interesting renewable energy trading platform that allows Bangkok residents to buy and sell electricity between themselves: Residents in a Bangkok neighbourhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signalling the growing popularity of such systems as solar […]

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How Blockchain Can Save Water

Via Long Hash, an interesting article on the potential for blockchain to help save water: In May, temperatures in Hong Kong soared to record highs. Residents grappled with sweltering heat, and low-income families struggled to gain relief, highlighting the desperate conditions of Hong Kong’s poor. But the scorching days forced another issue to the forefront […]

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The Murray-Darling: Running Dry – A Market Based Conservation Failure?

Courtesy of The Economist (subscription required), a look at how Australia’s biggest river is running dry, despite plans to use market mechanisms to save it: PADDLE steamers once chugged up and down the Darling, the main tributary of the Murray river, ferrying wool from remote farms to the port of Adelaide. The Murray-Darling basin, which […]

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What If People Were Paid To Use Less Water?

Via CityLab, a look at several innovative pilot programs in Morocco and California that are rewarding people financially for conserving water, rather than charging them for excessive consumption: From Sao Paulo and Cape Town to Beijing and San Diego, water demand in cities around the world is outstripping supply. Urbanization, developing economies, and shifting precipitation patterns […]

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The Internet of Things: Systems Pays Users To Consume Less Electricity

Courtesy of WIRED, an interesting look at Ohmconnect: WE ALL KNOW we should use less electricity. It would save us some money each month, and in the long run, it just might save the planet, reducing our collective carbon footprint. But sadly, that’s just not enough incentive for most of us. Ohmconnect hopes to provide more. Launched […]

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How Location-Based Prices and Utility Rewards Could Help California’s Electric Grid

Via The Energy Collective, interesting commentary on the potential of location-based pricing and utility rewards to help grid operators: Distributed energy resources, from rooftop solar panels to smart well-weatherized homes and timed electric vehicle charging, are vital pieces of the clean energy puzzle. Coordinating how and where to encourage them in a way that benefits […]

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About This Blog And Its Authors
Grid Unlocked is powered by two eco-preneurs who analyze and reference articles, reports, and interviews that can help unlock the nascent, complex and expanding linkages between smart meters, smart grids, and above all: smart markets.

Based on decades of experience and interest in conservation, Monty Simus and Jamie Workman believe that a truly “smart” grid must be a “transactive” grid, unshackled from its current status as a so-called “natural monopoly.”

In short, an unlocked grid must adopt and harness the power of markets to incentivize individual users, linked to each other on a large scale, who change consumptive behavior in creative ways that drive efficiency and bring equity to use of the planet's finite and increasingly scarce resources.