A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for May, 2018

The Murray-Darling: Running Dry – A Market Based Conservation Failure?

Courtesy of The Economist (subscription required), a look at how Australia’s biggest river is running dry, despite plans to use market mechanisms to save it: PADDLE steamers once chugged up and down the Darling, the main tributary of the Murray river, ferrying wool from remote farms to the port of Adelaide. The Murray-Darling basin, which […]

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What If People Were Paid To Use Less Water?

Via CityLab, a look at several innovative pilot programs in Morocco and California that are rewarding people financially for conserving water, rather than charging them for excessive consumption: From Sao Paulo and Cape Town to Beijing and San Diego, water demand in cities around the world is outstripping supply. Urbanization, developing economies, and shifting precipitation patterns […]

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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.