The Blockchain Technology Revolution

November 30, 2017


AGENDA

  1. Introductions
  2. Blockchain Technology Overview
  3. Current and Potential Industry Applications of Blockchain Technology
  4. Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in the Energy Industry
  5. Policy and Regulatory Regimes that would Enable Blockchain in the Energy Sector
  6. Use Cases of Blockchain Technology in the Energy Industry
  7. Case Study: Brooklyn’s Blockchain Microgrid
  8. Imagining Blockchain’s Role in the Future of the Transactive Electric Grid


INSTRUCTORS

 

Ravi Pradhan, Portfolio Manager & Technology Strategy, Siemens

Ravi Pradhan is the Portfolio Manager & Technology Strategist for Siemens Digital Grid Division Software and Solutions in Minneapolis.  In this position, he identifies and builds solutions to meet utility customer energy management and energy market needs using the deep portfolio of Siemens' products.  Mr. Pradhan has 20 years’ experience building and integrating control center systems, electricity market systems and other operational IT systems  He is part of the global Siemens Digital Grid Software product house and is responsible for selecting and implementing the appropriate technologies for Siemens Digital Grid software solutions.  He was previously the Vice President of Technology Strategy at Siemens, where he focused on architecting systems to accommodate the growing penetration of DERs in the grid, using technological and market mechanisms. Prior to that, he was a principal system architect for the California ISO (CAISO) Market Redesign and Technology Update (MRTU) project, which included a large IT integration component, along with market optimization software. Mr. Pradhan was also the executive technical lead for the PJM AC2 project that implemented a ground-breaking dual primary control center for managing the bulk of the northeast USA’s transmission grid. He has also been the lead on EMS projects in Mexico City; Johannesburg, South Africa, NSP in Minneapolis, and Hydro-Quebec in Montreal. He earned his B.S. in computer science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Molly Suda, Partner, K&L Gates

Molly Suda focuses her practice on regulatory compliance, enforcement, and transactional matters involving electric utilities, electric transmission owners, independent power producers, power marketers, and public utility holding companies that are active in the electricity, capacity, and ancillary services markets in the United States. Ms. Suda regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal courts, and the Department of Justice and advises on issues before state public utility commissions.  Ms. Suda has represented clients in rulemaking proceedings and complex energy litigation matters and counseled clients on matters including participation in organized electricity markets; compliance with regional transmission organization and independent system operator tariff requirements and market rules; transmission rates, cost allocation, and service agreements; interconnection procedures and agreements; and market-based and cost-based sales of energy. She also focuses on the regulatory implications of integrating distributed energy resources and energy storage into wholesale energy and capacity markets, as well as issues associated with applications of blockchain technology in the energy industry.  Ms. Suda has experience in defending against investigations of alleged violations of the laws and rules administered and enforced by FERC. She also advises clients on regulatory matters associated with the acquisition, sale, and development of generation and transmission assets.


Benjamin Tejblum, Associate, K&L Gates

Benjamin Tejblum is an associate in the K&L Gate’s Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure projects and transactions.  His clients include electric utilities, electric transmission owners, independent power producers, power marketers, and public utility holding companies that are active in the electricity markets in the United States. Mr. Tejblum regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has counseled clients on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, interconnection procedures and agreements, transmission rates and cost allocation, and market-based sales of energy.   He also counsels energy start-up companies on a variety of regulatory matters.