A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Turning Wireless Networks Into Markets: ‘Netflix’ The Wireless Industry

Via Forbes, an interesting look at how one entrepreneur is turning wireless networks into markets: It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world?” said Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, in an interview last week. “I don’t think so.” – From “Time Warner Views Netflix as […]

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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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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.