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

Peer-Based Transactive Energy Grids: Creating An eBay-Like “Smart” Energy Market

Via SmartGrid Library, an interesting follow-up article to an earlier post in which we referenced this potential electricity eBay: The PowerMatchingCity pilot in the city of Groningen in Holland deploys a number of innovations in policy, market models, and technology.  One of the most intriguing innovations is their creation of a framework to enable easy […]

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Green Button Is A Red Stop Until Smart Markets Exist

Via E&E Publishing, an interesting article on the federal Green Button initiative and how “…utilities have smartphone-style dreams for ‘smart grid’…”  I say “interesting” because it just continues to emphasize the industry and government’s failure to understand that information in and of itself – without a transactional capability and motivation system – is simply not […]

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Is There An Electricty eBay In Our Future?

Courtesy of the Smart Grid Library, an interesting article on the evolution of peer-based energy grids and the idea that consumers of today may be producers (or suppliers) in the future as well via distributed smart markets: The Smart Grid can deliver significant changes to consumer interactions in electricity markets. Today, consumer enrollment in demand […]

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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.