A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
The Rise Of Digital Water

Via The Source magazine, an article on how and why digitalization can revolutionise the 21st century utility: Global water utilities are about to discover – as 19th and 20th century energy utilities already have – the disruptive force of an innovative technology. It wasn’t the threat any had expected. Nor is it one we can […]

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Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market

Via The Wall Street Journal, a look at some limitations of Australia’s water market where some small farmers are being priced out by investors as supply dwindles: The world’s driest inhabited continent is struggling to sustain its pioneering effort to put water supply in the hands of market forces, as authorities contend with a drought […]

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China’s Water Trading System

Via China Water Risk, an interesting interview on the results of China’s pilot water rights trading system in 7 provinces thus far: China Water Risk (CWR): In 2014, China launched pilot projects in 7 provinces including Gansu, Guangdong, Henan, Hubei, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi and Ningxia, all of which achieved positive results. Can you expand on some of these […]

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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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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.