Blockchain for Energy 2018: Companies & Applications for Distributed Ledger Technologies on the Grid

by Colleen Metelitsa

Blockchain is an immutable distributed ledger that verifies and records peer-to-peer transactions without a central authority. It promises more efficient transactions with lower costs based on disintermediation of identity verification. While it has been around since 2009, 2017 marked a turning point in global recognition for its potential applications.

The first blockchain in energy transaction took place in April 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. Today, less than two years later, there are 122 organizations involved in blockchain technology and 40 deployed projects. Between Q2 2017 and Q1 2018, over $300 million was invested in the blockchain in energy industry.

Funds Raised Q2 2017 – January 2018

This report provides research on how blockchain works in energy, the investment and vendor landscape, and a regional analysis of currently deployed pilot projects across the globe.

Colleen Metelitsa, the report's author, will present key insights at Greentech Media's Blockchain in Energy Forum in New York City on March 8th. To learn more about this event and register, click here.

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Colleen Metelitsa Analyst, Grid Edge

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice, where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

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