A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for May, 2009

Consumer Perspectives: Can ‘Smart Metering’ Overcome the Hassle Factor?

Via Master Resource, an interesting commentary on whether smart metering can overcome the hassle factor and how such may impact the success/consumer acceptance of smart grid initiatives.  As the article notes: “…When asked for conjectures about the Smart Grid, economists’ imaginations become almost indecently fertile. Writing in her blog, market-friendly Lynne Kiesling sees astounding dividends […]

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Electric Intelligence

Via Reason Magazine, an interesting look at demand response and the critical need for smart grid initiatives to involve regulatory reform, not just subsidies.  As the article notes: “…The digital communication technology revolution that has created mass productivity gains throughout the economy during the last 20 years is finally creeping into the electricity industry as […]

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Smart Grid to Grow 21 Percent a Year to $17B by 2014

Courtesy of Earth2Tech, interesting analysis of the smart grid market opportunity facing industry.  As the article notes: “…Networking giant Cisco has estimated that the market for smart grid communications will grow into a $20 billion-a-year opportunity as the infrastructure is built out over the next five years, and a new report from researchers at Specialists […]

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Home Energy Software: Getting Smart(er)

Via Earth2Tech, a report on home energy software.  As the article notes: “…For utilities that are looking to control their customers’ home energy use during peak hours with smart meters and appliances, there can be a steep learning curve. The utility wants to use communication networks and software to power down certain energy-hogging actions during […]

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China’s Smart Grid Goal (2020)

Via Nasdaq, an interesting report that China’s power distribution monopoly State Grid Corp. has set a goal of building a smart grid by 2020 to improve efficiency and distribute power more flexibly.  As the article notes: “…The so-called “strong and smart grid” would help increase the share of clean energy in China’s energy mix. Clean […]

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Google vs. Microsoft In The Smart Grid Software Space

Via Earth2Tech, an interesting look at the possibility of a Google/Microsoft rivalry in the smart grid software space.  As the article notes: “…The big news this week for Google, and anyone interested in smart meters and energy management, is that the company has partnered with utilities like San Diego Gas & Electric and meter maker […]

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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.