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

The Old Model Isn’t Working: Creating The Energy Utility For The 21st Century

Via Smart Grid News, an interesting article that the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is urging U.S. regulators to toss out the “traditional” utility business model and create energy services firms instead. These new-breed utilities would be rewarded for helping their customers become more energy efficient. “What we need to do is flip […]

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What Really Drives Conservaton: Money and Ownership (Or Why Consumers Really Care About The Smart Grid)

Two interesting articles about consumers and the smart grid, and what really motivates conservation: money and a sense of ownership: The first – via Greentech Media – provides recent data from a survey put out by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (with light green in graph below indicating “somewhat” and dark green indicating “strongly”  increase […]

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The Googlization of Solar Vs. Going Back To The Future With An Ebay For The Environment?

I saw an article recently on what GigaOm has called the “Googlization of solar,” the trend towards software, big data, and wireless networks combining to remake the modern energy infrastructure.  While the article focuses adroitly on the different types of IT that may enable better/more efficient solar power (e.g. algorithms that control mirror position; smarter […]

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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.