A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for January, 2012

Jevon’s Paradox 2.0 = Smart Gridlock

Amidst a flurry of articles regarding Opower sending its 25M home energy report, I have a vexing question that is often overlooked:  isn’t it true that fixing leaks/conserving water/getting smiley faces will not save you money, and may actually cost you more, in the long run since utilities needs to recoup their revenues based on […]

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Electricity: Use It and Lose It

Via Greenbang, an interesting article on the paradox of energy efficiency – consumers are using less electricity than ever before but consumers are paying more for that success. It’s a strange thing to expect a business to try and sell less of what it traffics in, but that’s precisely what energy-efficiency standards focused on utilities […]

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The Smart Grid Solution: Giving Consumer Control Of Their Energy Use…But Do They Have Any Incentive To Care?

Via Forbes, an article on the self proclaimed virtues of smart meters, the smart, grid, etc. which are “… delivering clear value to the consumer and helping utilities keep more customers enrolled in these programs. Utilities can now leverage customer engagement solutions to provide advanced insights, delivered via a website as well as devices such […]

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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.