A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for February, 2011

Water And The Smart Grid

Several interesting articles on water and the smart grid: The first, courtesy of Water Efficiency.net, examines whether or not “smart water grid” is just a new label for the water efficiency protocols that have been discussed for years and whether the smart grid (for power or water) must depend upon a centralized network, or can […]

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Social Media + Smart Grid = More Energy Efficiency?

Via Mashable, an interesting look at the impact that social media may have upon the smart grid and energy efficiency: While Facebook may be the social media platform to beat, there’s an even more powerful social networking force that promises to be in all American homes one day. A growing number of startups are applying […]

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An ‘Apps Store’ For Utilities?

Via Smart Grid News, an interesting report that some smart grid players are considering borrowing concepts from the computing and telecommunications sectors to create an “apps store” for utilities: “…A collaboration between a smart grid communications company and a telecom giant may usher in a new way for utilities to create, find, install and deploy […]

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Let A Thousand Electrons Bloom: Electricity As A Service

Via Clean Break, an interesting article on Bloom Energy’s recent announcement that it wants to sell electricity as a service.  While we are skeptical about the potential success of this venture, it is yet another indication that consumers (individuals or companies) want a transactive smart grid able to support exchanges in both directions.  As the […]

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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.