A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for November, 2023

Clean Energy Tech Threatens to Overwhelm the Grid. Here’s How It Can Adapt.

Via Vox, a detailed look at how the centralized, top-down power grid is outdated and could be redesigned from the bottom up: The US power grid is, by some estimates, the largest machine in the world, a continent-spanning wonder of the modern age. And despite its occasional well-publicized failures, it is remarkably reliable, delivering energy to […]

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How to Turn Your Electric Car Into a Mobile Power Plant

Via Bloomberg, a look at how “bidirectional charging” promises to transform EVs into backup power sources and help utilities hedge against climate-related power disruptions If you’re planning to buy an electric car in 2024, you’ll want to compare models’ price, range and charging speed. But you should also ask whether the car is capable of powering your home […]

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The Solar-Panel Backlash Is Here

Via The Atlantic, commentary on what some call the solar panel backlash where – on sunny days, some states can waste lots of clean energy – and utilities’ response has been to make panels less affordable: In Los Angeles, where I live, the rites of autumn can feel alien. Endless blue skies and afternoon highs […]

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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.