Initiatives to explore blockchain solutions continue as industry leaders, regulators and consumers look to improve efficiency and lower costs. In the energy sector, blockchain (the distributed ledger technology that drives bitcoins) is making headway in commodity trading with various pilot projects underway to use the technology to streamline transactions. In utilities, blockchain applications range from peer-to-peer trading at the micro-scale and wholesale level to electric vehicle charging platforms and bitcoin enabled bill pay. The technology is further seen as a mean to mitigate cyber risks.
In this session, our speakers Jared Anderson from Platts and David Groake from Indigo Advisory Group will provide an update on blockchain advancement in energy and utilities. We will explore blockchain's future potential and challenges in the energy industry. David Knapp, our board member and chief economist at Energy Intelligence Group, will moderate the session.
Jared Anderson is senior writer at S&P Global Platts covering US Northeastern power markets . He recently worked independently as an energy analyst, journalist and consultant. Before that he worked as a senior adviser to the Rapidan Group, a Washington DC-based energy consultancy, prior to which he helped launch an energy media and conference business called Smart Energy Decisions as the firm's founding Content Director. Jared was also managing editor at Breaking Energy, an online energy news and analysis hub, and he previously analyzed international oil and natural gas market fundamentals and geopolitics as a senior analyst on Energy Intelligence's research team. Jared received his Master's degree in international relations with a focus on energy from New York University prior to joining Energy Intelligence 2006. He also holds an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Oregon.
David Groarke is managing director at Indigo Advisory Group. He is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has led blockchain activities with several companies and utilities in the US and internationally. He has published many industry leading smart grid pieces, new utility technology research reports and has been featured in many media outlets. Prior to Indigo Advisory Group, David was part of Accenture’s and PA Consulting's Global Energy Practices and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research (GTM). David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.
David H. Knapp is Chief Energy Economist and Senior Editor for Global Oil Market Analysis at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. He is Editor of EIG's monthly Oil Market Intelligence. He has analyzed energy markets for 40 years in the international, government, business and financial sectors. Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration
6:00 - 7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Reception
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