A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for October, 2010

Smart Grids Require Smart Prices

Courtesy of The Harvard Business Review blog, an interesting comment on the importance of dynamic retail pricing.  As readers know, we are advocates of fully functioning “smart markets” to activate smart grids and smart meter deployments, and this regulator’s views are at least a step in that direction.  As the article notes: “…Electric utilities need […]

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Smart Meters Don’t Save Energy … People Do

Two interesting articles, both emphasizing the importance of consumers in the smart meter/smart grid manifesto being championed these days.  The first wisely notes that smart meters are just a tool – they don’t save energy; people save energy.  As the report notes, smart meters provide “…a tool that helps us to at least manage our […]

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The Smart Meter Backslide of 2010?

Courtesy of the Harvard Business Review, an interesting article on what the author calls the Smart Meter Backslide of 2010, the upcoming shakeout that is going to occur given the utility industry’s failure to engage customers in this transition.  Smart markets anyone?  As the report notes: “…Bolstered by stimulus funds and the growing market for […]

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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.