A smart grid is a transactive grid.
- Lynne Kiesling
Archive for February, 2024

Why China’s EV Ambitions Need Virtual Power Plants

Via MIT Technology Review, a look at how VPP technology can let millions of electric vehicles feed electricity back to the grid when necessary, helping China deal with extreme weathers and power shortages: The first time I heard the term “virtual power plants,” I was reporting on how extreme heat waves in 2022 had overwhelmed the […]

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Via Heat Map, a report on reconductoring - an incredibly exciting solution that could solve one of our most urgent obstacles to getting more renewables on the grid: permitting new power lines: Ask any climate wonk what’s holding back clean energy in the U.S. and you’re likely to get the same answer — not enough power lines. But what […]

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Under the Hood of PG&E’s Summer VPP Pilot with Sunrun

Via Latitude Media, a report on one utility’s VPP pilot: During some of the hottest months of 2023, 8,500 residential batteries in California discharged back to the grid for two hours every evening. This routine helped their utility to manage the challenge of after work peaks, combined with unusually high temperatures. Those homes were part […]

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Making Energy Programmable

Via Matt Mandel, commentary on the potential to make energy programmable: We’ve previously written about the storage gap. The proliferation of solar has led to an abundance of energy when the sun is out and a dearth when it’s not. Batteries help address this gap by storing excess energy in times of plenty and discharging stored […]

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How Virtual Power Plants Are Shaping Tomorrow’s Energy System

Via MIT Technology Review, a look at how – by orchestrating EVs, batteries, and smart home devices – virtual power plants can help make the grid cleaner and more efficient: For more than a century, the prevalent image of power plants has been characterized by towering smokestacks, endless coal trains, and loud spinning turbines. But the […]

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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.