A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
A Market Solution to Texas’ Groundwater Woes?

Via Marfa Public Radio, a report on use of markets to manage groundwater uses in Texas: Fracking has dramatically increased the demand for water in the nation’s most productive oil field, Texas’ Permian Basin. Water usage has already risen sixfold since 2011, and according to research firm IHS Markit, demand will double again by the end of […]

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Why is Willingness to Pay for Water Surprisingly Low in Urban Jordan?

Via Water Policy Online, an interesting report on a surprising tendency for people in Jordan to place a low monetary value on a reliable supply of water: Willingness to pay for a reliable supply of water among urban households in Jordan—one of the most water-scarce places on the planet- seems surprisingly low. What are the […]

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Blockchain Automation In Peer-To-Peer Energy Trading and Dispatch

Via Greenbiz, an interesting look at how blockchain automation in peer-to-peer energy trading and dispatch will transform the sector: Ron Pernick: Blockchain seems to be everywhere these days. Not only is it the basis for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, it’s now being touted as the next big thing in peer-to-peer transactions for shopping, government services and […]

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Time to Let the Free Market Work for Water?

Via The Wall Street Journal, commentary on the power of markets to help manage our growing water scarcity issue: In the U.S., yields from four major crops will drop by as much as 40% on average by the end of the century due to a warming climate, according to a recent study in the journal Science. And […]

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Money For Water

Via Aspen Journalism, a report on a new market mechanism aimed at saving water, namely a $15 million fund to compensate people throughout the Colorado River basin for using less water: When Freddie Botur, 45, whose ranch spans 72,000 acres outside of Pinedale, Wyoming, first heard about a program that was paying ranchers to let water […]

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Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power

Via The New York Times, a look at a Dutch utility betting its future on selling less power: When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided […]

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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.