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

Energy Savings Certificates: A Useful Model For Energizing The Smart Grid?

Courtesy of Environmental Finance, a report on an interesting Indian initiative to develop & deploy an energy efficiency trading system via which companies – if they beat certain targets – would be awarded energy savings certificates (ESCerts), which they could either sell or bank for future use.   It would be interesting to see if a […]

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Needed: A Transactive Grid With Pricing/Monetary Signals

The Lexington Institute’s recently released report entitled “Moving Forward On Smart Grid” makes several important points in its chapter named “Conservation and the Grid for Tomorrow” that again affirm the critical need for a transactive grid with price signals that motivate consumers to act & conserve.  In sum, consumers need more than information to conserve, […]

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Giving (Eco) Credit, Where Credit Is Due…

Courtesy of Toronto’s Globe & Mail newspaper, an interesting report on the efficacy of environmental incentives vs. costs & penalties, plus a look at an intriguing initiative to develop eco-credits.  As the article  notes: “…Most of us feel at least a twinge of an ethical obligation to take care of our natural environment. We know […]

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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.