Energy Industry and Blockchain: New Applications and Issues for Counsel

Distributed Ledger Technology in Energy, Smart Contracts, Regulatory Concerns

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, September 22, 2017


This CLE webinar will provide counsel with an examination of current and potential uses of blockchain in the energy industry. The panel will discuss the advantages of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in cost-efficiency, cybersecurity and fraud protection, as well as the legal and structural concerns in implementation.

Description

Blockchain offers extensive possibilities for the energy industry. Blockchains and DLT enable computable and self-executing “smart contracts” coded to execute actions within a contract cycle if/when specific conditions are met. Such contracts significantly reduce transaction time and costs, especially with repetitive, ministerial tasks such as payments on specified dates and supply chain deliveries.

Blockchain technology offers energy producers and providers innovative ways to buy and sell energy and presents new challenges under the current, highly regulated regime.

Counsel to companies in the energy industry must grasp the technology and legal ramifications of blockchain to advise clients on creating or participating in a blockchain.

Listen as our authoritative panel explains the basic technology of blockchain and DLT and its growing application across the energy industry. The panel will also discuss some of the legal issues involved with blockchain-based offerings, including government regulations, privacy laws, intellectual property, and smart contract enforcement.

Outline

  1. Characteristics of blockchain and DLT
    1. Decentralized, peer-to-peer database
    2. No intermediary required
    3. Difference between blockchain and DLT
  2. Applications in energy
  3. Legal concerns and challenges for energy counsel

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is a distributed ledger, and how does it change the way transactions and information are documented?
  • How can smart contract enforcement be embedded in a distributed ledger or blockchain?
  • What are some of the current and proposed uses for blockchain in the energy industry?
  • What legal issues arise with blockchain that are not present with more conventional formats for transacting business?

Faculty

Jesse Morris, Principal
Rocky Mountain Institute, Basalt, Colo.

Mr. Morris leads RMI’s work with the Energy Web Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating development and deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector. His 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.

Molly Suda, Partner
K&L Gates, Washington, D.C.

Ms. 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 U.S.. 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.


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