Director, Australia, LO3 Energy
Belinda is the Australian Director of LO3 Energy, creators of community energy marketplaces that enable utilities and neighbourhoods to share in the responsibilities and benefits of reliable distributed energy resources. LO3 Energy pioneered peer-to-peer energy trading in the Brooklyn Microgrid using their blockchain technology, Exergy.
Belinda is a sustainable energy and climate finance professional with 20 years’ experience. Her expertise includes the use of market-based mechanisms and other economic instruments to address climate change, and implementing strategies for managing risk within rapidly evolving regulatory regimes to maximise value from projects. Her career includes roles with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, EcoSecurities and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of NSW. Her technical experience spans projects in more than 30 countries including China, India, Brazil, Senegal, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand; and sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, fugitive gas capture, emissions trading schemes, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Programmes of Activities (PoAs).
Topic or “Chair”: Creating Local Energy Marketplaces using Blockchain – From Brooklyn to Australia
In April 2016, the world’s first ever energy blockchain transaction occurred between two Brooklyn residents. This was the beginning of the Brooklyn Microgrid, a project to create a community microgrid where members can participate in their local energy economy through power purchases, PV generation, energy storage, demand response and other actions. In Brooklyn, and other locations around the world, neighbours buy and sell local, clean energy from each other using LO3 Energy’s Exergy platform. As well as sharing the Brooklyn experience, Belinda will outline the recently announced ARENA project, the Latrobe Valley Microgrid, which will focus on the feasibility of creating a virtual microgrid across up to 200 dairy farms, over 100 household consumers and around 20 other commercial and industrial customers in the Gippsland region. The virtual microgrid will incorporate solar PV, battery storage, smart appliances and enabling technologies combined with LO3’s Exergy peer-to-peer energy trading platform. This energy marketplace will allow Gippsland farmers to take greater control of their energy use, providing the opportunity to sell their solar power back to the grid, delivering savings on their energy bills.