Understanding Crypto and Impacts on Energy Industry

This two-day short course offers a fundamental understanding of our energy system and how it interacts with cryptocurrencies, blockchains, Web 3.0, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and other parts of the ecosystem. Instructor Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D., will cover how this newly distributed currency and architecture impacts the energy industry, exploring topics such as how crypto and energy are interconnected, the outlook ahead and how to immediately apply this knowledge in the workplace.


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Length: 4 Hours of Instruction + 1 Hour of Optional Discussion at End of Course
.40 CEUs

Course Topics

  • Energy Systems
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchains, NFTs, DAOs etc.
  • Energy Impacts of Crypto
  • Crypto Policy
  • Moderated Discussion/Debate

Key Learning Objectives

  • What are cryptocurrencies?
  • What is a blockchain and what are they used for?
  • Why does this system use an abundance of energy?

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Policy Makers
  • Energy Professionals
  • Reporters
  • Environmental Advocates

Key Benefits of Taking This Course

Obtain real-world knowledge of blockchain & crypto and how it relates to the energy sector that you can apply immediately in the workplace.

  • Understand the different terms in the crypto and energy space.
  • Understand the value proposition for the pieces of the crypto space.
  • Know enough to cut through the hype and make more informed decisions on your own.

CEUs Available

  • .40 CEUs available

Meet the Professor

Dr. Joshua D. RhodesJoshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at The University of Texas at Austin, and a Founding partner of IdeaSmiths LLC, an energy consultancy. His current work is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He also studies the impacts of energy policy on the micro and macro economy. He is a regular contributor to Forbes and is an AXIOS Expert Voice. He has sat on multiple boards including the Texas Solar Energy Society (former), Pecan Street (Data Board, former), and Catalyst Cooperative (current). He holds a double bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, an M.S. in Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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