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LO3 Energy's Innovation Secures Investments from Braemar Energy Ventures and Centrica Innovations


Funding Round to Accelerate LO3's Blockchain-Based Platforms to
Enable New Energy Markets and Services

LO3 Energy ("LO3"), an innovative start-up based in New York
specializing in blockchain-based solutions for energy transactions,
today announced it has secured investments from Braemar Energy Ventures
("Braemar"), a leading venture capital investor in energy technology
companies, as well as Centrica Innovations, the innovations and venture
unit of Centrica plc., an international energy and services company.
Centrica Innovations identifies new opportunities and technologies to
create future value for Centrica's 27 million home and business
customers worldwide. Specific terms were not disclosed.

Building on the momentum of creating the world's
first blockchain-based microgrid
and peer to peer energy
transactions in Brooklyn, NY, LO3 is now commercializing a new
blockchain-based platform to enable peer-to-peer energy marketplaces and
accelerate the transition to a distributed energy future. The unique use
of blockchain technology enables LO3's platform to store and validate
data that allows consumers to generate, store, buy and sell energy
through trackable and tamper-proof transactions that need no external

Centrica's commitment is part of an ongoing collaboration that includes
two new projects - one with its subsidiary Direct Energy in the US, and
another being explored in the UK. These projects will be used to further
develop intellectual property (IP) in the blockchain energy space,
expanding on the software and hardware technologies that LO3 has already
developed and deployed in the US and Australia.

"The blockchain is the key to unlocking the real potential of
distributed generation," said LO3 Founder and CEO Lawrence Orsini. "Our
Brooklyn microgrid has proven that our blockchain-based hardware and
software technology is ready to be taken to the next level, allowing
consumers to become ‘prosumers', with the ability to determine how they
generate, consume, store and sell their energy to the grid."

"This opportunity represents the convergence of two macro trends that
underpin Braemar's investment thesis – the transition of global energy
markets to more decentralized, distributed systems and the development
of platforms that will provide new forms of consumer participation,"
said Dr. Jiong Ma, Partner at Braemar Energy Ventures.

"In fact, the transactive nature of LO3's solution and Centrica's local
energy network fits squarely into our vision of the future," Ma said.
"We believe LO3 has the world's leading blockchain architecture for
power markets that will eventually extend beyond these projects and
expand through LO3's imminent token issuance event."

Added LO3 Founder and CEO Lawrence Orsini, "This investment not only
allows us to scale our platform to demonstrate the power of the
blockchain to customers worldwide, but also shows that a strategic
player has a similar vision of the future of energy. LO3 has the only
real blockchain-based hardware and software technology platform with
real IP in the space and we are delighted that Braemar's consortium of
strategic investors has recognized the potential of this opportunity."

"This is an important investment for Centrica Innovations. It
demonstrates our commitment to emerging technologies with the potential
to disrupt existing energy markets," said Christophe Defert, Ventures
Director at Centrica Innovations. "We look forward to working with LO3
on blockchain-based projects more broadly across Centrica, and the
opportunity to provide our customers with more flexibility and control
over how they buy and use their energy."

About Braemar Energy Ventures
Braemar Energy Ventures is a
venture capital fund making early- to mid-stage investments in the
energy technology sector. The firm's principals have invested in more
than 60 companies in the sector and have more than 100 years of combined
technical, operational and financial experience in energy and
energy-related industries. Braemar partners with exceptional companies
and management teams, in both alternative and traditional energy
markets, that can contribute to a more profitable and efficient energy
landscape through innovation and marketplace expertise. Additional
information is available at
or on Twitter at
or @BraemarEnergy.

About Centrica Innovations (CI)
Centrica Innovations is the
innovations and venture unit of Centrica plc. CI identifies and invests
in technology startups that want to transform the energy and the home
services economies, putting consumers and businesses at the center and
helping to meet their changing needs. The CI Ventures team is based
globally in Tel Aviv, San Francisco, New York, and London. More
information is available at:

About LO3 Energy
LO3 Energy, a Brooklyn, NY based company,
is building a platform to enable decentralized business models and
innovative technologies related to energy, cleantech and utility
systems. The LO3 team has deep expertise in design, architecture,
development, prototyping and testing of cutting edge distributed energy,
computing and peer-to-peer distributed consensus networks. The company
builds tools and develops projects to support and accelerate
proliferation of the distributed energy, utilities and computation
sharing economy of the future. More information at:

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