Hawaii State Energy Office
The State of Hawaii has a bold energy agenda – to achieve 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045. Along with reducing our islands’ dependency on fossil fuels and increasing efficiency measures, the clean energy plan is also contributing to the state’s economic growth.
Because Hawaii is committed to re-powering the clean energy market, we have embraced bold solutions that will help develop this competitive industry making Hawaii one of the leaders in the clean energy race.
The Hawaii State Energy Office is leading the charge and has embarked on a strategic plan to position Hawaii as a proving ground for clean energy technologies and accelerate our transformation to a clean energy economy.
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.
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.
Carbon Lighthouse is on a mission to stop climate change by making it easy and profitable for building owners to eliminate carbon emissions caused by wasted energy. The company’s unique approach to Efficiency Production goes deep into buildings to uncover and continuously correct hidden inefficiencies that add up to meaningful financial value and carbon elimination that lasts. Since 2010, commercial real estate, educational, hospitality and industrial customers nationwide have chosen Carbon Lighthouse to enhance building comfort, increase net operating income and achieve their sustainability goals.
Carbon Lighthouse believes in Hawaii’s ambitious 100% clean energy initiative and is actively engaged with a growing list of local firms, like A&B Properties and Elemental Excelerator, to help the state achieve the goal. For more information, visit www.carbonlighthouse.com.
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.
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
ABB is pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. As a world leader in microgrid technology with more than 30 completed installations across a diverse range of applications, serving remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses, ABB’s comprehensive microgrid offering includes consulting, design and engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and lifecycle services. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees www.abb.com
NEC Energy Solutions
NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid and applications with critical power needs. Its megawatt‐scale energy storage and control systems provide greater stability to the grid while maximizing renewable generation, while in telecom, datacenter, and other industrial applications, its high performance lithium-ion battery systems provide better value than traditional lead-acid batteries in tough, critical power applications. Learn more at www.neces.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.
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.
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.
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.
Spirae is an innovative technology company that delivers scalable smart grid solutions to global partners and customers. Spirae specializes in the integration of large-scale renewable and distributed energy resources, the development of local and wide area controls, energy service platforms and power system simulations.
Aloha Harvest is a non-profit organization that rescues quality, donated food and delivers it “free of charge” to social service agencies feeding the hungry in Hawai‘i. Aloha Harvest is now in its 17th year of service to our community. Since its inception, Aloha Harvest has collected and distributed over 18 million pounds of food which now includes quality perishable and non-perishable foods, as well as beverages. The food has been donated by over 1,000 participating donors, of which 271 are currently active, such as restaurants, caterers, government facilities, hotels, food distributors, businesses and others. This food would otherwise be discarded and gone to waste.
Change the Course
Change the Course brings together the public, corporations, and on-the-ground conservation organizations to raise awareness about freshwater, reduce water footprints, and restore flows and health to vital freshwater ecosystems. For every personal pledge to conserve, Change the Course returns 1,000 gallons to an ecosystem in need. Corporate partners underwrite the restoration projects, which are teed-up with on-the-ground conservation partners. It’s a virtuous cycle of education, conservation and restoration – and it’s working.
Copia makes food more accessible to people in our community by redistributing surplus food to feed people in need. By reducing food waste, we save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts, and most importantly, move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat. Let’s end world hunger. It’s not if. It’s when.
From humble beginnings in 1987, EarthCheck has always believed that tourism is a force for good in the world. With infinite potential for poverty alleviation, environmental conservation and cultural understanding; travel changes the world. When it's done responsibly everyone benefits. EarthCheck is dedicated to making tourism responsible in over 70 countries with destinations, corporations and communities. Their unique blend of thinking, advice and solutions inspire and enable the tourism industry to drive change and resilience. EarthCheck help their clients make better decisions, integrate sustainability into their business and destinations and create innovative and engaging stories.
South Pole Group
South Pole Group is a leading provider of global sustainability solutions and services. The company has delivered climate-proven solutions to a wide range of public, private and civil society organisations for over a decade. Areas of expertise cover key areas of corporate climate action, investment climate risks, sustainable supply chains, green finance, as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency. A pioneer in emission reduction and renewable energy projects, the South Pole Group’s portfolio is at present the largest available on the market. For more information, visit thesouthpolegroup.com or follow the company @southpolegroup.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH) hosts large scale beach cleanups across the state. With the mission of “inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups” SCH hopes to create coastal stewards after every cleanup who can help to sustain the beauty of our fragile coastlines. Along with large-scale coastal clean-up events SCH also runs educational programs focused on marine debris and plastic pollution, public awareness campaigns, waste diversion educational services, and corporate team building events. Through these efforts we hope motivate volunteers and communities around Hawaii to look after the coastlines we all love.
Sustainable Tourism Media Partners
Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.
Saft specializes in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customization and service provision. For nearly 100 years, Saft’s longer-lasting batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, back-up power and propulsion for our customers. Our innovative, safe and reliable technology delivers high performance in space, at sea, in the air and on land. Saft is powering industry and smarter cities, while providing critical back-up functionality in remote and harsh environments from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara desert. Saft is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total. Designed for industry. www.saftbatteries.com
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.
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.
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of ultra-flexible power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for baseload, peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent renewable energy. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2016, Wärtsilä has 60 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world. www.smartpowergeneration.com
Since 1958, Toyota Hawaii has been the exclusive business partner and distributor of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) vehicles in the State. Toyota Hawaii is a subsidiary of Servco Pacific Inc., the state’s largest privately owned business with more than 1,700 employees in Hawaii, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Last year, TMC announced a new initiative to reduce its worldwide vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent (in comparison with 2010 levels), by 2050 through the development and promotion of next-generation vehicles—like the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and Prius Prime. To support this goal, Toyota Hawaii will begin construction of a hydrogen fueling station, powered in part by electrolysis, at its dealership in Honolulu this year. Hawaii is the second state after California to receive the Toyota Mirai. For more information, visit www.toyotahawaii.com/mirai.
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.
Highview Power Storage is a designer and developer of large-scale energy storage solutions for utility and distributed power systems that use liquid air as the storage medium. Highview can design bespoke Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) plants that can deliver from 5MW/15MWh – to more than 200MW/1.2GWh to service a growing multi-billion dollar energy storage market. LAES has been developed using proven components from industry to deliver a pumped-hydro capability without geographical constraints and can be configured to convert waste heat and cold to power. At the end of 2013 Highview signed a global
At the end of 2013 Highview signed a global licensing and technology collaboration agreement, with GE Oil & Gas, to develop the integration of Highview’s LAES technology into its peaker plant offering.
For more information, please visit: www.highview-power.com
Demand Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, Inc., has developed a best-in-class Distributed Energy Network Optimization System (DEN.OS) that maximizes the economic returns of behind-the-meter storage systems alone, or in combination with distributed generation (DG). The company provides a turnkey solution (hardware, software and services) that ties together modeling, design and simulation with installation and operational monitoring, control, and financial optimization, to deploy storage-plus-DG systems at speed and scale. The DEN.OS software platform was designed as a scalable end-to-end solution that delivers differentiated value across the entire project life cycle, able to support utility-side, behind-the-meter and microgrid projects. For more information, visit www.demand-energy.com.
Smartflower Pacific’s mission is to facilitate the increased use and development of renewable energy in Hawaii and throughout the world. For economic and environmental reasons, Smartflower Pacific believes Hawaii and the world will benefit greatly from the rapid development of renewable energy resources and that Hawaii should be a leader in such development. Learn more: www.smartflowerpacific.com