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

A Utility Business Model That Embraces Efficiency And Solar Without Sacrificing Revenue

Via Renew Economy, an interesting report on a new utility business model that embraces efficiency and solar without sacrificing revenue: A few weeks ago the city council in Fort Collins, Colorado, unanimously voted to accelerate the city’s climate action goals to achieve an 80-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The […]

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How ‘Virtual Water’ Can Help Ease California’s Drought

Via The Wall Street Journal, commentary on how market incentives could reverse the economic logic that drives local farmers to plant more water-intensive crops: While the recent rains in California are welcome, they’ve barely made a dent in the enduring drought, now in its fourth year. Solving the state’s water problem will take radical solutions, […]

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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.