A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
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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Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading: Still A Distant Prospect?

Via GreenTech Media, commentary on the slow growth of peer-to-peer energy trading: It’s been more than half a decade since grid watchers first began talking about the concept of trading energy with your neighbors across peer-to-peer platforms. Since then, the idea of selling the power generated by your rooftop solar panels to other individuals in the same […]

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A Cap-and-Trade Plan for Water That Isn’t Working

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report on market failures resulting from Australia’s Darling River crisis: Australia’s Darling River was once filled with fleets of paddle steamers carrying wool to ships bound for England. For nearly two centuries, it provided fresh water to farmers seeking to tame Australia’s rugged interior. No longer. The Darling River hasn’t […]

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Water-Trading Has Deep and Ancient Roots

Via The Wall Street Journal, commentary on how – for centuries – transparent water exchanges have built resilience across diverse cultures: “Water-Trading Market Runs Into Trouble” (Business News, Sept. 4) sheds overdue light on the abject mess Down Under. However, cap-and-trade water markets are neither strange nor new. For centuries, transparent water exchanges—Oman’s aflaj, Morocco’s […]

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A Liquid Market

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at the potential for market to place a role in allocating and conserving scarce water supplies: A long stretch of highway running between Los Angeles and San Francisco separates the dry hills to the west from the green plains of the San Joaquin Valley to the east, where much […]

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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.