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

California’s Water Woes Are Priceless

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an interesting OpEd on the power of pricing and how politics can preclude a rational solution to drought: The California Aqueduct and Interstate 5 near Gustine, Calif. California’s drought is frightful and a challenge for an 800-word column, since the problem can be solved in five words: charge realistic […]

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Water Pricing, Not Engineering, Will Ease Looming Water Shortages

Courtesy of the New York Times, an OpEd on the potential use of pricing and markets to help alleviate water shortages: Authorities in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, recently announced that if current drought conditions persisted, they would be forced to restrict water availability for the city of 20 million to only two days per […]

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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.