A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for September, 2022

It’s Common To Charge Electric Vehicles At Night. That Will Be A Problem.

Via The Washington Post, an article on the dilemma of charging times as more EVs enter the US car fleet: As electric vehicles hit the road around the country, hundreds of thousands of Americans are beginning to learn the ins and outs of car charging: how to install home chargers, where to find public charging […]

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Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the US Power Grid

Via WIRED, an article on how – by 2035 – the batteries in California’s zero-emission cars could power every home in the state for three days: Last month, California finalized a rule that will ban the sale of new gas-powered cars, starting in 2035. Obviously, that’ll accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and encourage other states to do […]

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Keeping Current: Shenzhen Launches ‘Virtual’ Power Plant In Hunt For Energy Gains

Via Week In China, a report on Shenzhen launches ‘virtual’ power plant in hunt for energy gains When electricity is in short supply, it’s even more important to optimise the usage of what you have. That, in a nutshell, is what virtual power plants (VPPs) can do – tracking the electricity supply from various sources and […]

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P2P: A Smarter Way of Energy Trading

Via Power Ledger, a look at how a peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading system can optimize energy trading in a grid-tied multi-microgrid system: This case study focuses on the implementation of P2P energy trading and planning of a grid-connected distribution system using an advanced optimization approach. The proposed network architecture consists of three microgrids and uses real-time […]

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P2P Based Local Energy Markets Can Benefit Power Grids and Energy Users

Via Power Ledger, an interesting case study of how a P2P-based local energy market can benefit both power grids and energy users: The increasing amount of renewable generation creates challenges for the energy providers. Variable renewable energy (VRE), as the name suggests, creates a varying or fluctuating electricity supply. A local energy market (LEM) helps […]

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Grid Locked: Can South-East Asian Countries Learn To Share Power?

Via The Economist, a look at why a super-grid connecting Southeast Asia remains a long way off: It takes just three hours to fly to Singapore from Vientiane, the capital of Laos. To transmit electricity between them, however, has taken eight years. In June and July both countries undertook an experiment in energy exchange. Electricity […]

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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.