A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Innovation At Grid’s Edge: How Electricity Will Be Priced In The Future

Via Energy Post, an interesting look at how the rapid transformation of the electricity sector will make it necessary for utilities to adopt radically new pricing methods, specifically envisioning a scenario in which existing volumetric tariffs will increasingly be replaced by fixed service fees: By now the narrative on the rapid transformation of the electricity […]

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Turning Homes Into Virtual Power Plants Driven by Economics And Environmental Goals

Courtesy of the New York Times, an interesting look at how Vermont’s Green Mountain Power is trying to turn homes, neighborhoods and towns into virtual power plants, driven by economics as well as environmental goals: In a new low-income development that replaced a trailer park here, rooftop solar panels sparkle in the sun while backup […]

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Are Smart Meters Already Obsolete?

Via Energy Post, interesting commentary by Freerk Bisschop, Director Smart Energy at Rockstart, and Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director at Yes!Delft on some of the trends going on in energy innovation: “What we look for in startups is an innovative concept and a good team with complementary skills. In fact, we’d rather have a good […]

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Don’t Blame Water Markets for Trouble With Western Rivers

Via Water Deeply, commentary on the potential that water markets have when it comes to protecting the West’s rivers: As Western states grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But the idea is not without critics, such as Gary Wockner, who […]

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China: Water Tax Promotes Water Saving

Via China Daily, a look at the power of financial incentives on water savings: Hebei, the province neighboring Beijing, has seen more water saved since it started to levy a tax on water resources about a year ago. The province replaced water fees with the country’s first pilot region for charging a water tax in […]

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Instead Of Buying Electricity From The Power Company, What If You Bought It From Your Neighbor?

Via Fast Company, a report on a Dutch company linking home energy producers with consumers wanting clean energy: In the Netherlands, a marketplace called Power Peers is linking up home energy producers with consumers wanting clean energy. You can buy the solar power from your parents’ panels even if they live 200 miles away. You can buy […]

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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.