A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for March, 2014

Where Is The Amazon, Apple or Google Of The Utility Sector?

Via Greentech Media, an interesting report on a question posed by NRG Energy CEO David Crane, in reference to what he describes as the “four companies that will inherit the earth,” Crane bemoans the fact that there is not yet a company in the US energy space to match the members of this quartet, or […]

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The Distributed Electrical System Of The Future And The Importance Of Transactive Energy

Via the Rocky Mountain Institute, an interesting article on the distributed electrical system of the future and the importance of transactive energy: The speed of disruptive innovation in the electricity sector has been outpacing regulatory and utility business model reform, which is why they now sometimes feel in conflict. That disruptive innovation is only accelerating. […]

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Disrupting Energy: Ebays Of Electricity

Via Energy Post, an interesting article on how the production cost of distributed solar energy may fall so low that it will render fossil fuel obsolete by 2030 which will cause markets to be redesigned, leading to huge opportunities for companies that can aggregate and trade distributed generation.  We’ve long called this phenomenon smart markets […]

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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.