Momentum around blockchain in the energy sector has been picking up pace as more proof of concepts are deployed successfully around the world. From transactive energy, to supply chain management, to asset tokenization, this event will get everyone up to speed on the distributed ledger technology and its real-world use cases.

BLOCKCHAIN IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

Join other innovators from utilities, start-ups, investors and policymakers for a day of networking, dynamic conversations, and learning what the future may hold for this technology.

Speakers

Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Principal Business Technology Specialist, ComEd

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Alex Anich
Alex Anich
Manager, Renewable Market Intelligence, NRG, Energy Inc.

Alex Anich is the Manager of Renewable Market Intelligence for NRG, Energy Inc., where he oversees the company’s Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) portfolio. Alex leads NRG’s exploration of the application of blockchain technology to the REC and environmental attribute markets. Prior to joining NRG, Alex headed up the Research & Advisory service of Karbone, an NYC based brokerage, project finance and research firm focused on environmental markets. Alex leverages his experience working in the early days of Shell’s renewable energy business to provide a unique perspective on the evolution of energy markets around the world.

Nicholas Perls
Nicholas Perls
Senior Analyst, National Grid

Nicholas Perls is the Senior Analyst of National Grid’s IT research and development arm, NG Labs. NG Labs is a small, agile team of software engineers looking at disruptive information technologies and how to incorporate them into utility operations.

Before joining NG Labs, Nicholas worked in the IT Enterprise Architecture and New Energy Solutions teams at National Grid. He has published a whitepaper discussing the fundamentals of blockchain technology and its potential impact across a wide range of industries. The research presents guidance for the deployment of blockchain technology at enterprise utilities.

Prior to joining National Grid, Nicholas worked as a utilities consultant for the Charles River Associates and for the green energy law firm Von Bredow-Valentin. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Tulane University of New Orleans.

Jesse Morris
Jesse Morris
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Jesse Morris is a Principal in the Electricity Practice of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and co-founder of the Energy Web Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating development and deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector.  Jesse’s research, convening, and consulting work focuses on understanding the fundamental economics of distributed energy resources and their ability to provide a wide variety of services to the grid through regulatory change and new business models. Over the past several years, he and his colleagues have researched and published in detail RMI’s findings on the economics of battery storage, advanced demand response technologies, and solar plus storage systems in addition to helping large corporates build new business models focused on the grid-edge.Throughout his career in the electricity sector, Jesse has had one focus: partner with utilities, technology providers, developers, and regulatory stakeholders to help distributed energy resources become an integral, widely-accessible part of the global electricity system.

Killian Tobin
Killian Tobin
CEO, Omega Grid

Killian is an engineer with an MS in computer science and applied knowledge of system optimization using neural networks and genetic algorithms. Killian has consulted or sold software to utilities for over 18 years. He was responsible for energy platform sales at Oracle Utilities and business development at Uptake (the fastest growing startup of 2015 according to Forbes, beating Slack and Uber).

Cassandra Bowe
Cassandra Bowe
Associate Vice President, Energy Impact Partners

Cassie is an Associate Vice President at Energy Impact Partners, a $650m venture capital fund investing in energy technology, where she is responsible for EIP’s west coast presence. Prior to joining EIP, she worked for 5 years at SunPower, one of the largest global solar companies, in policy and strategy. At SunPower she was responsible for global market analysis, legal and regulatory assessment, and new country entry. She has also gained operating experience at energy storage, micro-grid and energy asset management startups in business development and finance roles. Cassie holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2018).

Vikram Singh
Vikram Singh
Manager, Emerging Technologies, Alectra Utilities

Vikram Singh is currently the Manager of Emerging Technologies at Alectra Utilities.  Prior to joining Alectra, Vikram held a variety of Senior Management roles within the energy sector.  Most recently, he served as the Director of Business Development at a US technology fund where he led the development of the technical and commercial offering for a revolutionary new fuel injector design to be applied within the distributed generation sector.  He also served as a senior member of the management team assigned to finance and implement the commercialization strategy of one of the world’s first utility scale dish-Stirling CSP technologies.  Vikram’s current role focuses on identifying ground-breaking new energy solutions that can be piloted within Alectra’s territory and eventually transitioned into full-scale commercial offerings that benefit both the customer and the grid network.  Vikram holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore/France.

agenda 2018 Conference Themes
  • Blockchain 101 & the State of the Market
  • Exploring Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • The Prosumer: Enabling a Transactive Grid
  • The Utility: Optimizing Operations & Identifying New Opportunities
  • The Investor: Unlocking the Potential of Blockchain
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Venue

Convene
Convene
32 Old Slip, New York, NY 10005
RESERVATIONS 888.730.7307

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