A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Solar-Sharing Start-up Aims To Cut Power Waste

Via Eco Business, a report on technology which allows rural solar panel owners to sell excess power to neighbors, improving income and access to clean energy: A start-up that helps rural Bangladeshi owners of home solar power systems trade their surplus electricity with their neighbours won an international award for climate change innovation Thursday. SOLshare, set […]

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Enabling Resilient, Low Cost, and Localized Electricity Markets Through Blockchain P2P & VPP Trading

Via Power Ledger, further insight into an Australian solar trial of peer-to-peer energy trading: Power Ledger’s solar energy trading trial of 48 households in Fremantle, Western Australia, finds peer-to-peer energy trading technically feasible. Report finds use of Virtual Power Plants could increase localised energy autonomy and deliver a lower cost grid. Recommends a dynamic feed-in tariff […]

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Peer-to-Peer Trading of Solar Technically Feasible, Australia Trial Finds

Via PVTech, a report on a recent Australian trial of peer-to-peer solar trading: A small-scale trial of solar energy trading between households in Western Australia has found that peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading is technically feasible and that virtual power plants (VPPs) could help deliver a lower cost grid. RENeW NExus, a project in Fremantle, a […]

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Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading In Delhi

Via Smart Energy International, a report on an effort to bring blockchain to India’s power consumers: Electricity distributor BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) has partnered with Power Ledger, a specialist in blockchain-based renewable energy trading, to install a large-scale peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading trial in Delhi, India. BRPL is the first electricity distribution company (Discom) […]

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The Airbnb of Energy and The VRBO of Blockchain Electricity-Sharing…

Courtesy of Yahoo! Finance, a look at several new startups are about to revolutionize the sharing economy : The Airbnb of energy, the Uber of zero-carbon transportation, the VRBO of blockchain electricity-sharing… a collection of new startups are about to revolutionize the sharing economy – and smart money is starting to pay attention. The sharing […]

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Is Blockchain Still Key to a Better Energy System?

Via Clean Energy Finance Forum, a look at the role that blockchain technology may have in the transition towards a more transactive energy system: BLOCKCHAIN PROPONENTS HAVE ARGUED THAT THE TECHNOLOGY CAN ENABLE A MORE DYNAMIC, DECENTRALIZED ELECTRICITY SYSTEM, referred to as “transactive energy,” which would promote deployment and accurate compensation of distributed energy resources. HOWEVER, […]

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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.