Unveiling Distro Energy


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November 5, 2020
10 am ET | 15:00 GMT

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S&P Global Platts

This webinar is now available for on-demand replay.

As we look forward to the energy transition, we see a radically different energy economy. Widespread electrification and sustained reliance on renewables pose a new physical and financial reality: generation and battery storage assets are distributed and decentralized across the power grid.

This requires a rethinking of energy markets to ensure decentralized assets are better incentivized to respond to increasingly intermittent power generation worldwide.

Please join us in our first-ever public unveiling of Distro, a groundbreaking real-time decentralized energy marketplace, supported by blockchain and AI technologies.

This new marketplace can enable:

  • 100% consumption of onsite renewable generation
  • 50% improvement in ROI on renewable investments
  • 30+% lower power prices
  • $/€ 000's avoided grid infrastructure costs

Distro is a landmark collaboration between the Port of Rotterdam and S&P Global Platts, aimed at accelerating the energy transition.

S&P Global Platts has invited Nico van Dooren, Director New Business Development & Portfolio at the Port of Rotterdam, who will share why Europe's largest seaport is investing in this marketplace innovation, developed by PlattsLabs and Blocklab Rotterdam.

James Rilett, Global Innovation Director at S&P Global Platts, will also share insight into the significant commercial benefits unlocked for Distro users while simultaneously rewarding responsible energy behavior.


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James Rilett

Senior Director of Innovation & Digital Strategy
S&P Global Platts

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Nico van Dooren

Director New Business Development & Portfolio
Port of Rotterdam Authority


10:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 am

Live demo of Distro Energy platform

  • Live view of high-frequency marketplace in action – bids, offers, trades, blockchain clearing and settlement
  • What are the results of the pilot – in terms of energy prices, renewable energy utilization, flexibility, and asset payback?
  • How were these results achieved?

10:20 am

Market and product overview by James Rilett

  • Evolving power markets: How should market structures adapt to decentralization and decarbonization?
  • How have technologies enabled greater connectivity, and in turn, new market design and greater market efficiency?
  • How do commercial real estate owners benefit from Distro in the short and long term? What are the capabilities of Distro in helping facilities to achieve carbon reduction targets?

10:35 am

Insight from Nico van Dooren

  • What are the Port of Rotterdam's ongoing energy transition plans and challenges? What is the Port's approach to innovation and technology to achieve its ambitious decarbonization goals?
  • Why is the Port investing in marketplace innovation, and how could it help the commercial and industrial sector at the Port and other locations?

10:45 am

Live audience Q&A

11:00 am

End of webinar