Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai‘i’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success.
For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Twitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.
Ulupono Initiative is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm working to improve the quality of life for island residents in four areas: renewable energy, locally produced food, and the management of freshwater and waste resources. In the energy sector, Ulupono's investments include the Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which is developing Hawaii's first seawater air conditioning district cooling system in downtown Honolulu; Bikeshare Hawaii which operates Biki, the state's largest bikeshare program; Drive Electric Hawaii, a coalition that seeks to promote electric vehicles (EV), cut fossil-fuel transportation and add more renewable energy; and EV charging networks Volta and OpConnect Hawaii that provide charging infrastructure to Hawaii's EV drivers. Ulupono is proud to be a sponsor of VERGE Hawaii for its third year. For more information, visit ulupono.com and follow @ulupono on Facebook and Twitter and @uluponoinitiative on Instagram.
NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources is proud to be a clean, renewable energy leader, with approximately 18,260 MW of generating capacity. We have invested $25B in our renewable business – and will continue to invest in a clean-energy tomorrow. Not only do we manage a financially sound company, but we do so in a way that preserves the environment now and for future generations. Our expertise is in project development and construction and wholesale and retail electricity, as well as in developing meaningful, long-term partnerships to customize energy products and services in response to what our customers need. We are the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, with more than 145 facilities in operation in 26 states and Canada, and honored to have a parent company (NextEra Energy, NYSE:NEE) named No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry on Fortune’s 2016 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
For more than 100 years, the Hawaiian Electric Companies have provided the energy that has fueled the Hawaiian Islands’ development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light serve 95 percent of Hawaii’s 1.4 million residents. The Hawaiian Electric Companies have a shared kuleana or responsibility to serve their customers, care for the communities, and lead the way to a clean energy future for the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Electric Companies are also among the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs. Today, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are providing cleaner, smarter and more reliable service for their customers. And, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are committed to continuing progress to meet the state’s ambitious goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy future for Hawai‘i by 2045. For more information, visit www.hawaiianelectric.com/ourvision.
OpTerra Energy Services is a national energy company that works with education and institutional organizations to implement efficiency and sustainable energy solutions that save money, enhance safety, improve assets, and protect the environment. As a subsidiary of ENGIE, the number one energy efficiency services provider in the world, OpTerra Energy Services provided more than $2 billion in energy savings for its customers over the past 40 years.
The sponsor of the 2017 VERGE Hawaii microgrid installation, OpTerra's expertise in cutting-edge energy program development has generated more than $2 billion in savings for customers over the past 40 years. In Hawai'i, OpTerra's innovative partnership with the Department of Education is transforming the learning environment through the state-wide Ka Hei program. Wide-reaching energy and sustainability solutions scale impact across the islands, using technology to reduce operational expenses for Hawai'i schools, spur progress towards the state’s clean energy goals, and provide engaging educational opportunities for students & the broader community.
For more information about how OpTerra uses energy to do more, visit OpTerraEnergy.com
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has built a sophisticated energy practice anchored by experienced, creative attorneys who represent more than 400 industry clients, including innovative, emerging renewable energy companies, mature enterprises developing and financing large-scale infrastructure projects, and public companies involved in significant energy initiatives. WSGR also represents leading venture capital firms, private equity firms, energy project investors, and other lenders actively involved in commercializing energy innovations and project finance. For more information, visit www.wsgr.com.
Hawai‘i Energy helps educate island families and businesses about the many and lasting benefits of energy efficiency and conservation. We encourage and reward smart energy decisions that allow our state to reach 100% clean energy faster and cheaper and to date, have saved Hawai‘i more than a billion dollars in energy costs. For more information, visit HawaiiEnergy.com.
Granite Power Limited (GPL) is an Australian clean energy efficiency company, with a particular focus on clean lower temperature and lower cost power generation. GPL harvests lower temperature energy and generates lower cost electricity using its’ GRANEX® process equipment and technology. GPL efficiently generates electricity from lower temperature heat 150c-400c. It uses benign organic working fluids in a process called the “Organic Rankine Cycle” (instead of water/steam, which is common at higher temperatures).
GPL’s business model is to build, own and operate supplemental power blocks, with commercial arrangements structured as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). These will form a portfolio of long term, utility style annuity cash flow assets. With the first plant now generating electricity, and the first of a significant pipeline of future deals being approved. GPL installations are autonomous, have very low maintenance and require no on-site staff. For more info visit www.granitepwr.com.
Sempra Renewables is a leading U.S. developer of renewable energy. Together with its partners, the company owns and operates nearly 2,400 megawatts of renewable capacity. Sempra Renewables is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego with 2016 revenues of more than $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.
ALL Power Labs
ALL Power Labs makes biomass gasifiers that deliver on demand, renewable, carbon negative energy for a fraction of the price of diesel power. We turn agricultural waste into high capacity power for productive use, while addressing the interlocking challenges of energy access, climate change, and waste management. Today you can find over hundreds of our systems in over 40 countries, and supporting research in over 50 universities.
For over ten years, AES has been a leader in the deployment of battery-based energy storage. Undertaking technology innovation and strategic cost reduction efforts, AES is able to operate the largest and most advanced fleet of energy storage facilities around the world. Leveraging this experience, the AES Energy Storage arm of AES has developed the Advancion® Energy Storage Platform. Advancion® is built on 10 years of experience and has a unique architecture that delivers unmatched dependability and solves the technology evolution problem. For more information, please visit aesenergystorage.com.
Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation
Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation (KHF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2003 by Jack and Kim Johnson, supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaiʻi. KHF's mission is to provide students with exciting and interactive encounters that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so that they will be lifelong stewards of the earth. KHF programs include ʻĀINA In Schools, 3R’s School Recycling, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Field Trip Grants, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Mini-Grants, and Plastic Free Hawaiʻi.
Energy Focus, Inc. is a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products and a developer of energy efficient lighting technology. Our LED Lighting products provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Government continues to enable us to provide energy efficient LED lighting products to the U.S. Navy and the Military Sealift Command fleets. Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies and many other commercial and industrial clients. World headquarters are located in Solon, Ohio with additional offices in Washington, D.C., New York City and Taiwan. For more information, see our web site at www.energyfocus.com.
Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire suppression or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow @JCI_Buildings on Twitter.
Blue Planet Energy
Blue Planet Energy Systems launched in 2015 to help advance founder Henk Rogers’ mission to end the use of carbon-based fuel worldwide. It has introduced the Blue Ion, a prepackaged energy storage solution combining Sony’s industry-leading battery technology with Blue Planet Energy’s proprietary system architecture and energy management software. Blue Ion is optimized for use with solar PV systems and is designed for residential and commercial installations, allowing off-grid, grid-tied backup or load-shifting applications. Blue Ion, which uses the Olivine Type Lithium Iron Phosphate Fortelion© battery, is one of the highest efficiency storage systems on the market, requires no cooling, and comes in attractive floor-mounted indoor enclosures or weatherproof exterior cabinets that can be flexibly scaled for a wide range of system sizes. For more information, visit www.blueplanetenergy.com.
Beamreach Solar is breaking through barriers in the solar industry. Beamreach Solar has developed a lightweight, fast and simple to install, and efficient solar system for commercial rooftops. Our product requires no tools, no penetrations, and no grounding. We believe in a future where clean energy is everywhere.
Opower (NYSE: OPWR) is an enterprise software company that helps utilities elevate the customer experience. Energy providers use Opower’s customer engagement platform to deliver proactive, digital communications that raise customer satisfaction, manage energy demand, and lower service costs. Opower’s software is deployed to more than 95 utilities worldwide and reaches more than 50 million homes and businesses. For more information, please visit www.opower.com and follow us on Twitter at @Opower.
RBI Solar is the leading turn-key solar racking company in the US. We design, engineer, manufacture and install solar mounting systems for large commercial and utility scale projects. Leveraging more than 80 years of experience in the commercial design-build specialty structures market, RBI Solar, works with its clients to identify the most economical, durable and robust racking solutions.
Honeywell Smart Energy is enabling utilities to deploy advanced capabilities that transform operations, reliability, and environmental sustainability; while also providing solutions to engage their customers in a more meaningful way. As a world leader in connected solutions, from generation to consumption, delivering advanced capabilities and services that enable energy companies and their customers Honeywell Smart Energy dynamically manages energy, improves efficiency and reliability cost effectively. Together, Honeywell Smart Energy, its partners and its customers, are fundamentally reshaping the way the world uses energy. For more information, please visit www.HoneywellSmartEnergy.com or follow us on Twitter @Honeywell.
Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of environmental, energy, corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations (such as Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, Amazon, Intel and others) to small, independent startups, as well as utilities, public and not-for-profit organizations. Chambers & Partners ranks the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice as "band one" in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska and as “band three” nationally. For more information, see: PerkinsCoie.com.
Orison designs and manufactures plug-and-play battery storage systems that access energy from any power source. Orison energy storage stores electricity when utility rates are low and power homes and businesses when rates are high. It reduces energy costs, provides backup energy in the case of electric grid failure, and contributes to a clean energy future.
Coffman Engineers is proud to celebrate 37 years of providing clients with multidiscipline engineering services including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, process piping, instrumentation and controls, corrosion control engineering, project management, commissioning, and land survey services. The firm’s successful history is propelled by their guiding principles of lasting creativity, results, and relationships. Coffman Engineers offers our clients an unwavering commitment to excellence in our services through offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Bozeman, Montana; Hagatna, Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Oakland and Los Angeles, California; and, Seattle and Spokane, Washington. For additional firm information, please visit www.coffman.com or follow us on Twitter @CoffmanEngineer
REC Solar specializes in commercial solar project development and installation, offering tailored financing and technology solutions for businesses and large organizations throughout the Hawaiian islands and the mainland U.S. Over 18 years, REC Solar has installed more than 500 commercial solar systems, representing more than 170 megawatts of projects. Our end-to-end commercial solar services help businesses reduce energy costs, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate sustainability.
Rising Sun Solar
We are out to change the world and we already have! When Rising Sun Solar began over 12 years ago, we installed the 7th NET metered system on Maui. Today over 10% of Hawaii's power is currently generated by small-distributed solar systems. Rising Sun been a leader in the efforts to promote sustainability, encourage environmental stewardship, and illuminate the pathway to energy independence. Rising Sun is a Sunrun Certified Partner and a SunPower Premier Dealer. We were chosen as Maui's Best Green Business in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015. For more information visit us at risingsunsolar.com.
moovel N.A. LLC, a part of moovel Group GmbH, enables seamless multimodal experiences and connected transit commerce through mobile applications. Led by CEO Nat Parker, moovel is headquartered in Portland, OR with a second office in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit www.moovel.com/US.moovel Group GmbH was founded by Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz, with the global mission to find solutions for the disconnected and ever-changing state of urban transportation and to discover how new technologies will affect the way we’ll move tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.moovel-group.com.
At Trane, we’re in the business of making buildings better for the people who occupy them and the organizations that thrive in them. Our innovative solutions result in better buildings that improve over time. Structures that are reliable and safe as well as healthy, comfortable, and efficient, yielding greater productivity and profitability. As your complete energy solutions partner, our main focus is to help you reach your goals. When it comes to your building’s performance and footprint, we’re the industry leaders.
Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance (HREA)
HREA is a group of renewable energy advocates, technologists, industrial suppliers of equipment and services, developers, installers and operators of renewable systems. The organization works to help secure Hawaii’s energy future by promoting, through education and advocacy, the increased use of renewables with a sustainable, environmentally-responsible, and economically-sound approach.
Elemental Excelerator believes in the power of innovation to help us solve the world’s biggest challenges. Our program offers an accelerated pathway to help growth-stage startups in energy, water, mobility, and agriculture navigate markets in Hawaii, the Asia Pacific, and California. We support our companies with funding and strategic relationships in an ideal economic environment that catalyzes their long-term growth.
Blue Planet Foundation
Blue Planet Foundation’s mission is to clear the path for 100% clean energy. Starting in Hawaii, we envision a world powered by abundant renewable energy that sustains all life on Earth. Our focus is on implementing transformative clean energy policy and developing innovative and scalable energy engagement programs. Blue Planet directs its efforts in three areas of change: (1) encouraging leaders to make policy changes that accelerate cost-effective, secure, renewable energy; (2) engaging communities through smart, replicable renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions; and (3) inspiring everyone, through creative communications, to believe in the power and possibility of a future beyond fossil fuels.
Advanced Energy Economy
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a business organization representing the entire advanced energy industry. Our mission is to transform public policy at the federal, state, and regulatory levels to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies. We also work with a growing coalition of state and regional partner organizations representing 20 states.
Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.
Utility Dive covers industry news and provides original analysis on the latest happenings in utility and energy. Their mission is to provide busy executives with a bird's-eye-view of the utilities industry in 60 seconds. With a mobile-optimized daily email newsletter, website, and app, Utility Dive keeps you informed on the go. You’ll get coverage of topics such as smart grid, energy efficiency, regulation and policy, grid security, distributed generation, renewable energy, and more.
Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii
The Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii (DERC Hawaii) is a collaboration between distributed energy resource, active demand management, and smart grid companies committed to developing constructive paths towards an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply for Hawaii.
Association of Energy Engineers
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a nonprofit professional society of over 17,500 members in 98 countries. The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.”
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education. As the national trade association in the U.S., we represent all organizations that promote, manufacture, install and support the development of solar energy.
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
As the “Voice of Business” in Hawaii, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is a statewide, non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as the advocate for business in Hawaii. With approximately 1,300 members representing more than 200,000 employees, the Chamber is Hawaii’s leading statewide advocacy organization.
International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute is committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world.