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

A Papal Climate Error?

Courtesy of the New York Times, an interesting commentary on the moral conviction of a market-based approach to controlling greenhouse gas emissions in light of the Pope’s recent encyclical “Laudato Si” (discussed here) which – while forcefully urging action to combat climate change - specifically criticizes the sale of “carbon credits”: AMONG environmental activists, the international market for […]

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Texas Mulls New Grid Markets For Aggregated Distributed Energy Resources

Via Breaking Energy, a report on some new ideas in Texas for aggregating solar, storage and other DERs could unlock the state’s grid-edge potential: Texas, despite being one of the country’s largest and sunniest energy markets, has not seen a lot of growth of distributed solar power. Beyond low energy prices, one big reason is that […]

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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.