Energi Mine Launches Phase Two of Its EnergiTokens Rewards Platform

  • UK-based blockchain energy company Energi Mine has today launched phase two of its EnergiTokens rewards platform
  • The platform provides financial incentives for energy-saving behaviour in the form of cryptocurrency.

UK-based blockchain energy company Energi Mine has today launched phase two of its EnergiTokens rewards platform, providing a financial incentive for energy-saving behaviour in the form of cryptocurrency.

Following the successful launch of the platform in May of this year, this second phase introduces a management dashboard for approved vendors, allowing them to manage clients and distribute tokens. Consumers using these vendors will be given the power to interact with them directly as they continue to earn ETK and trade it in for rewards.

Currently, users of the EnergiToken rewards platform can use their ETK to pay their energy bills, charge electric vehicles, or exchange it for fiat currency. Actions that earn ETK include taking public transport, reducing energy waste in the workplace, and purchasing energy-efficient appliances.

It launches in English today, with Japanese and Korean language versions launching on 6th August, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions following soon after on the 13th.

Cultivating a culture of energy efficiency is seen as key to reducing a number of environmental issues, such as pollution. The Energi Mine release comes as three Chinese cities appeared in the latest list of the world’s ten most polluted cities, including its capital city Beijing. In a speech at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, President Xi Jinping praised blockchain technology as a potential solution to environmental issues within the country.

Meanwhile, Energi Mine is continuing to establish partnerships with major organisations. Earlier this year, it partnered with Manchester-based FuseX to launch an e-card debit card. This will allow customers more freedom in how they spend their ETK, allowing them to effectively spend it anywhere.

More recently, Energi Mine announced a relationship with the Energy Managers Association to conduct a three month trial of the ETK rewards platform with Network Rail, the UK’s railway infrastructure operator. The initiative, which rewards Network Rail employees for saving energy in the workplace, is part of Energi Mine’s strategy to disrupt the $2 trillion global electricity market and ensure mass adoption of ETK.

Omar Rahim, CEO of Energi Mine said:

We are extremely happy with the progress to date. This latest update will expand the possibilities open to those using the Energi Mine rewards platform. Whether it is through allowing consumers and vendors to interact more freely or in giving vendors more control over transactions – Energi Mine is taking another important step towards creating a fully functioning ecosystem to incentivise energy efficient behaviour.

Omar Rahim

Blockchain-Enabled Chinese Yuan Could Increase Governmental Oversight, Investor Argues

The Chinese government has been closely studying blockchain technology in order to determine whether the immutable distributed ledger can be used to streamline routine business processes.

However, Chinese authorities have expressed concerns regarding the use of cryptocurrencies in financing illicit activities and potentially disrupting the country’s $12 trillion economy by facilitating capital flight.

People’s Bank of China Considering Blockchain-Based Yuan

While China’s government has attempted to restrict transactions involving cryptocurrencies, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has reportedly been conducting research to determine the feasibility of launching a blockchain-based Chinese yuan (CNY) since 2014.

This, according to Dovey Wan , a founding partner at Primitive Ventures, a “market cycle agnostic” investment firm which has invested undisclosed amounts into various cryptoasset projects such as ZCash ( ZEC ) and DFINITY .

Wan, who earned her Masters in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, wrote in a blog post published on CoinDesk on May 17, 2019 that the digital yuan, or Renminbi (RMB), initiative may potentially allow the Chinese government to exercise greater control over the nation’s local and international economy.

M0 Versus M2

As explained by Wan, digital fiat currencies allow financial institutions to more effectively create credit flows which increase M2 , the broad money supply. Meanwhile, blockchain-based digital currencies impact a base currency measure, referred to as M0 .

Blockchain -enabled digital currencies could potentially allow central banks to “bypass commercial banks” in order to directly control money creation and supply channels. This would structurally centralize the central financial institution’s power and role in formulating monetary policy, Wan argued.

Chinese Government Will Most Likely Use Permissioned Network

According to Wan, the PBoC is looking at various types of network design for a digital, blockchain-powered RMB. She believes that it will most likely be a permissioned network in which the nodes will be managed by major Chinese financial institutions, including the PBoC.

This indicates that transactions involving a digital yuan would only be seen by Chinese banks, and not the nation’s citizens.

Blockchain-Powered Currencies Enable “Better Coordination Paradigm”

One of the main reasons for using blockchain technology, Wan noted, is to take advantage of “a better coordination paradigm” when compared to “traditional currency supply management, which is heavily dependent on bookkeeping,” Wan wrote.

Moreover, Wan thinks blockchain’s immutable nature and private-key cryptography can prohibit users from entering fraudulent transactions and also prevent users from counterfeiting currency notes.

A blockchain-based yuan could also assist the Chinese government in more carefully monitoring the spending history of the nation's residents. This would allow the government to "accurately assess creditworthiness" and detect illegal activities such as money laundering and tax evasion, Wan noted.