A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for January, 2015

Google’s Rush Hour Rewards

Via The Motley Fool, a look at Google’s plans for the energy business, in particular its Rush Hour Rewards program: Google (NASDAQ: GOOG¬†¬†) has been trying to get into the energy business for years. In 2007, it set a goal of making renewable energy cheaper than coal, and as part of the campaign it invested […]

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Water Rights Trading In China

Via Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, some recent research on the development of market-based mechanisms for water resource allocation in China, with particular focus on water rights trading (WRT): Water scarcity is an issue of growing concern for China, particularly in the north, where a combination of limited water sup- plies, economic growth, and population […]

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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.