A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for June, 2021

Creating The Global Energy Internet Via Transcontinental, Submarine Supergrids

Courtesy of Bloomberg, an article on efforts to create the global energy internet: Ever since President Xi Jinping pitched the idea of a “global energy internet” to the United Nations six years ago, China’s been trying to persuade the world to build the high voltage highways that would form its backbone. That plan to wrap […]

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A Seriously Long-Term Investment: Inside SunZia’s Transmission Adventure

Via Clean Energy Finance, an interesting look at one private company’s efforts to build transmission lines: INCUMBENT UTILITIES ARE NOW COMPETING with private developers to build transmission lines. New business models may enable deeper decarbonization. SUNZIA, A PRIVATE TRANSMISSION DEVELOPER, is constructing lines to supply California with evening wind energy to compliment daytime solar production. Its turbulent history […]

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Can Millions of New Ford F-150 Trucks Become a Clean-Energy Storage Grid?

Via Curbed, an interesting look at how mobility, battery storage, and other innovations may impact the grid of the future: Listen, I think you should be able to get rid of your car if you want to. It should be easy to get everywhere you need to go on fast, frequent, fare-free public transit or by using safe, shaded, […]

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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.