A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
How Utilities Can Adapt Cap And Trade For Water Security

Via The Source, an article on potential for utilities to adapt a ‘cap and trade’ approach to water security: In 1990, the US established the world’s first ever pollution trading system, popularised as “cap and trade.” Governments sought a new way to reduce levels of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide that had accumulated since the […]

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Water Markets Come To Town

Via The Source magazine, an interesting look at the potential of water markets to help address water scarcity: In June 2016, the northern California city of East Palo Alto (E.P.A.) faced a desperate situation, one it shares with an estimated half of all urban areas worldwide. It needed more water. Fast. Long an economic laggard, […]

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Turning Wireless Networks Into Markets: ‘Netflix’ The Wireless Industry

Via Forbes, an interesting look at how one entrepreneur is turning wireless networks into markets: It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world?” said Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, in an interview last week. “I don’t think so.” – From “Time Warner Views Netflix as […]

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The Rise Of Digital Water

Via The Source magazine, an article on how and why digitalization can revolutionise the 21st century utility: Global water utilities are about to discover – as 19th and 20th century energy utilities already have – the disruptive force of an innovative technology. It wasn’t the threat any had expected. Nor is it one we can […]

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Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market

Via The Wall Street Journal, a look at some limitations of Australia’s water market where some small farmers are being priced out by investors as supply dwindles: The world’s driest inhabited continent is struggling to sustain its pioneering effort to put water supply in the hands of market forces, as authorities contend with a drought […]

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China’s Water Trading System

Via China Water Risk, an interesting interview on the results of China’s pilot water rights trading system in 7 provinces thus far: China Water Risk (CWR): In 2014, China launched pilot projects in 7 provinces including Gansu, Guangdong, Henan, Hubei, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi and Ningxia, all of which achieved positive results. Can you expand on some of these […]

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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.