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

Kathleen B. Kay
Kathleen B. Kay
Vice President, Business Technology, PG&E

Kathy Kay is Vice President of Business Technology at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this position, Kay leads a team of technology professionals focused on partnering with PG&E's lines of business to deploy technologies aimed at enabling business strategies.

Prior to joining PG&E, Kay was Enterprise Chief Technology Officer and an executive sponsor of the Diversity Program at SunTrust bank in Atlanta. Prior to SunTrust, Kay was Senior Vice President of Business Technology Services for Comerica Bank in Michigan.

Kay started her career at General Motors, where she spent more than two decades in various positions. She began as an Associate Programmer and Systems Analyst, and worked in progressively more responsible roles, concluding with her role as Director of Application Development and Support for OnStar.

Kay holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Wayne State University and a master's degree of engineering in management of technology from Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mark M. Higgins
Mark M. Higgins
Associate, Mintz Levin

Mark focuses his practice on corporate law matters.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Mark was a law clerk to the Honorable Francis X. Spina at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to this, he was an assistant attorney general in the Division of Open Government in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, where he enforced the state government’s transparency law as well as defended administrative decisions of state agencies on appeal. Mark has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Grasso Jr. in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

During law school, Mark was a consultant for the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, where he created a legal resource for communities on wind energy regulations. He also interned with Nasdaq OMX BX, the Office of General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Mark also was a certified student prosecutor with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. At school, Mark served as note editor and staff member for Suffolk University Law Review and was president of the Suffolk Law Rugby Football Club.

As an undergraduate, Mark was on Harvard’s varsity football team, where his teammates selected him to receive the Henry N. Lamar Football Award, given to that senior who, through dedication to the program and concern for his fellow man, has made a unique contribution to the team. 

For four years, Mark was a licensed captain for Boston Harbor Cruises.

Lawrence Orsini
Lawrence Orsini
Founder & Principal, LO3 Energy

With more than ten years of experience in all aspects of commercial energy efficiency programs – design, management, implementation and marketing – as well as a strong understanding of the Energy Efficiency policy and regulatory environment, Lawrence is well versed in the inner workings of the efficiency industry. Lawrence’s broad industry experience runs the gamut, from field auditing to managing relationships with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients, affording him a unique ability to draw connections between policy driven utility energy efficiency program requirements and bottom line driven business spending.

Karen Hsu
Karen Hsu
Chief Revenue Officer, BlockCypher
Stina Brock
Stina Brock
Senior Vice President, North America, Electron

Stina Brock is the Senior Vice President of North America for Electron. She is focused on working with industry partners, utilities, and grid operators to bring Electron’s innovative solutions to energy markets to enable a more efficient and sustainable grid. Previously, Stina was the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge, leading Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. At Sunverge, Stina was responsible for developing Sunverge's product offerings for utilities. She led Sunverge’s efforts to use blockchain technology to improve how distributed resources at the grid edge can provide value to utilities and energy markets. As an original member of the product team, she grew the company's product to commercialization and helped to expand Sunverge’s customer base across North America and globally. Prior to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed utility operations at EnerNOC (acquired by Enel), a demand response and smart grid industry leader. She started her career at Accenture as a strategy consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

Luke Scheidler
Luke Scheidler
Sr. Product Manager, New Business Innovation, Itron
Yi Jean
Yi Jean
Head of Product, Verv

Yi Jean is Head of Product at Verv, an energy start-up using blockchain and AI to develop a consumer-focused energy and data marketplace. Based in London, Verv use machine learning and AI to gain a deeper understanding of consumer energy use, and are building a peer-to-peer energy trading marketplace. Prior to Verv, Yi Jean worked in strategy consulting, responsible for market research and analysis to inform long-term corporate strategy and M&A. She has also worked in a number of energy start-ups in Boston and New York, focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. She holds a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University, and a MSc in Energy Economics from University College London.

Joe Babiec
Joe Babiec
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, VIA

Previous speakers included:

Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Utility of the Future, 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.

Drury MacKenzie
Drury MacKenzie
ESC Customer & Market Innovation Lead, AVANGRID

Drury MacKenzie is an experienced entrepreneur in the international energy space, inspired by her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti. She has also served as a consultant for innovation strategies and business development. She is dedicated to business solutions that increase social and environmental value. At AVANGRID, Drury leads the customer and market-facing platform within New York’s first smart grid ecosystem.

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).

Tetyana Colosivschi
Tetyana Colosivschi
Blockchain - Director, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, ConsenSys Energy
Lawrence Orsini
Lawrence Orsini
Founder & Principal, LO3 Energy

With more than ten years of experience in all aspects of commercial energy efficiency programs – design, management, implementation and marketing – as well as a strong understanding of the Energy Efficiency policy and regulatory environment, Lawrence is well versed in the inner workings of the efficiency industry. Lawrence’s broad industry experience runs the gamut, from field auditing to managing relationships with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients, affording him a unique ability to draw connections between policy driven utility energy efficiency program requirements and bottom line driven business spending.

Rachel Flynn-Kasuba
Rachel Flynn-Kasuba
Senior Program Manager - New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Rachel Flynn-Kasuba is a Senior Program Manager with National Grid’s New Energy Solutions team, which is focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities. She is responsible for identifying and evaluating new partners to make those innovations possible, focusing specifically on the Electric Vehicle space, NY REV Demonstration projects, and Non-Wires Alternatives opportunities.  Prior to her role at National Grid, Rachel worked as an Energy Consultant at ICF, focusing on grid modernization for public and private sector clients, including the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a Dual Masters in Economics and Global Electricity Markets from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS.

Jo-Jo Hubbard
Jo-Jo Hubbard
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Electron

Joanna Hubbard is the co-founder and COO of Electron, a London based energy tech firm, and a thought leader on the topic of digital transformation in the energy sector. She is a frequent key note speaker at energy and technology events, sits on advisory boards for several UK utilities on digital transformation and community trading models and writes for national newspapers on these topics.

Joanna started her energy career in the early days of the renewable build-out on the asset financing side, at merchant bank Augusta & Co. After this, she moved to international strategy consultancy firm McKinsey & Co, where she focused on digital transformation.

Her enthusiasm for blockchain technology in an energy context stems from its ability to explode the long entrenched, structural trade-offs made by global electricity markets. Blockchain technology enables the coordination of millions of assets and billions of transactive devices, without necessitating a vertically integrated monopoly utility, thus enabling competition and innovation right down the the edge of the grid.

agenda 2018 Conference Themes
  • The state of blockchain in the electricity market, including the main players, top applications and actual project deployments
  • Monetizing Data in Blockchain
  • How DERs are changing the energy markets and how blockchain could enable a distribution-level marketplace
  • How blockchain can be used for cybersecurity applications
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Venue

PG&E Auditorium
PG&E Auditorium
77 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA
94105-1814
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