A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
China: Water Trading Aims To Improve Efficiency In Use

Via China Daily, a report on China’s national water rights exchange: China launched a national water rights exchange on Tuesday, allowing for the trading of water between different areas and users. It’s part of a stepped-up effort by the authorities to encourage water conservation nationwide. The China Water Exchange will enable the trading of rights […]

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The Energy Utility Revolution

Via This Is Africa, an interesting commentary on the future of utilities in emerging markets in Africa: Dramatic declines in the cost of solar power and battery storage are finally giving consumers power over their own power supply. Most utilities are hoping it will all just go away. In some ways, the disruption of electricity […]

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Buddy, Can You Spare A Watt?

Via The Economist, an interesting article on the potential of trading power among mobile devices.  While this blog is not focused on solutions that may free users from dead-battery tyranny, the pricing and consumer behaviour expected / observed from this solution is instructive of what may occur from larger scale smart grids/smart markets: ONE of […]

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China’s State Grid Envisions Global Wind-and-Sun Power Network

Via the Wall Street Journal, a report on China’s State Grid Co. vision of a global wind-and-sun power network: Wind turbines and solar panels are seen at a wind and solar energy storage and transmission power station from State Grid Corp. of China, in Zhangjiakou of Hebei province,March 18. The world will soon be able […]

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An Indie, Off-the-Grid, Blockchain-Traded Solar Power Market Comes To Brooklyn

Via Vice’s Motherboard, a bit more detail on an innovative indie, off-the-grid, blockchain-traded solar power market in Brooklyn: A new small-scale power grid project is looking to make it easy for a small number of Brooklyn residents to trade and sell their own solar energy using existing power lines and blockchain technology that powers virtual […]

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Blockchain-Based Microgrid Gives Power To Consumers In New York

Via New Scientist, a report on a very interesting blockchain-based microgrid giving power to consumers in New York: Something odd is happening on President Street in Brooklyn. While solar panels on the roofs of terraced houses soak up sun, a pair of computers connected to the panels quietly crunch numbers. First, they count how many […]

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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.