Blockchain technology may ultimately prove as transformative as the internet. There is growing evidence that blockchain applications can positively transform the energy industry and enable a decentralized, resilient, and stable electrical grid. Certain authors of the lead article in the current volume of Energy Law Journal will discuss blockchain’s potential to impact the electric power industry and the opportunities and challenges associated with this new technology.
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Energy Web Foundation
Energy Web Foundation
Buck Endemann is a partner in the San Francisco office of global law firm K&L Gates, where he specializes in environmental and energy regulatory work. Along with traditional renewable energy development, power marketing, and public utility issues, Buck advises clients, regulators, and working groups on how Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies can further carbon compliance and energy trading objectives. He authors the K&L Gates “Blockchain Energizer,” a biweekly newsletter summarizing the intersection of Blockchain and energy issues, and is the lead editor of the K&L Gates “Energy Storage Handbook,” a comprehensive guide to the business and regulatory issues facing the energy storage industry. Buck also serves on the boards of the Center for Sustainable Energy and the University of San Diego School of Law.
Ben is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure projects and transactions. Ben regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has counseled clients on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, interconnection procedures and agreements, transmission rates and cost allocation, and the development of distributed energy resources. Ben also advises clients in negotiating major power purchase agreements, and is a member of the K&L Gates Corporate Energy Sourcing initiative, which helps corporate customers develop and implement sustainability and carbon goals through their renewable energy procurement strategy. Ben is the co-author of the Blockchain Energizer, a bi-weekly publication that highlights emerging issues and stories relating to the use of blockchain technology in the energy sector.
Sam Hartnett is the Research and Market Development Manager at Energy Web Foundation, where he works with utilities, grid operators, research labs, and technology providers to integrate physical grid assets with blockchain-based applications and markets. Sam has a background in energy software development and demand response aggregation. His prior roles include developing clean energy portfolio strategies for utilities at Rocky Mountain Institute and managing demand response operations across the Asia-Pacific region at EnerNOC.
Doug Miller, Manager at Energy Web Foundation (EWF), Washington, DC: Doug pioneers clean energy solutions by applying his background in systems entrepreneurship and behavioral and environmental economics. At EWF, he advises the technical architecture and features, arranges market demonstrations, and engages key market participants supporting the development and deployment of Energy Web Origin—a portfolio of blockchain-based, open-source toolkits that enhance, simplify, and increase access to renewable energy and carbon markets worldwide. Previously at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), he developed resources for residential and commercial building investors, cities, government agencies, popular media, and industry groups to scale clean energy investments. He received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Environment Studies and the MSc Environmental Technology from Imperial College London—with top academic honors and awards for his research on using behavioral science to develop innovative clean energy solutions.
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