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A global alliance of energy utilities

The energy market has seen rapid changes in recent years with the rise of renewables, decentralization of the energy system, regulatory uncertainties and disruptive new technologies. To stay ahead, there is a strong need for utilities to source more innovation externally and consider the ‘beyond utilities’ business models.

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You're in good company.

Power utility partners in Free Electrons are leaders in the clean energy transition, delivering cutting edge solutions to over

Million customers
Billion USD in revenue

The program is an opportunity for later stage energy startups to gain access to utility customers that can help them scale and expand into new markets around the world. We look forward to yet another exciting journey with some of the brightest startups in 2019. Join us!

A Global Alliance of Energy Utilities

Committed to supporting energy entrepreneurs and startups to transform the energy market with next-generation ideas. We’re building an international, advanced accelerator program focused on startups that have already raised money, created a working prototype, and earned a few battle scars along the way. Our program will help startups “level up” quickly, with curated support and access to a network of utility giants.

Utility Participant
American Electric Power
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to eciently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy.

Paul Loeffelman

Director – Corporate U.S. External Affairs, Head of Corporate International Affairs

Ram Sastry

Vice President, Innovation and Technology
AusNet Services
A major player in the Australian energy industry. We are Victoria’s largest energy delivery service business owning and operating approximately $11 billion of electricity and gas distribution assets that connect into more than 1.3 million Victorian homes and businesses. The energy landscape is transforming and so are we. We are looking for new ways to move energy with significant investment in creating energy solutions to meet tomorrow’s.

Chad Hymas

Executive General Manager

Mark Judd

Manager Emerging Energy Markets

Caroline Taylor

Marketing Manager
CLP was founded in Hong Kong in 1901, at a time when electricity was still a novelty worldwide. Today we power millions of homes and businesses across the Asia Pacific regions. In Hong Kong, we operate a vertically-integrated electricity supply business providing a highly-reliable supply of electricity to 80% of the city’s population. Outside Hong Kong, we invest in the energy sector in Mainland China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia. Our business includes power generation, transmission and distribution, and electricity and gas retail activities. Our goal is to meet Asia-Pacific's energy challenge in a sustainable manner from one generation to the next.

Austin Bryan

Senior Director, Innovation

Elke Kornalijnslijper

Commercial Manager
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
DEWA is committed to promoting Dubai’s vision through the delivery of sustainable electricity and water services at a world-class level of reliability, efficiency and safety in an environment that nurtures innovation with a competent workforce and effective partnerships; supporting the sustainability of resources.

His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer


Marwan Bin Haidar

Executive Vice President – Innovation & The Future
Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
ESB is Ireland’s leading energy company, operating across the full spectrum of the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, ESB extracts further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing electric vehicle public charging infrastructure and an international consultancy arm which has worked in 120 countries globally.

Jerry O'Sullivan

ESB Deputy Chief Executive

John McKiernan

Head of Innovation Pipeline
Energias de Portugal (EDP)
EDP is an energy producer, distributor and retailer with around 12 million customers in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. EDP has 25GW of power production capacity of which 5GW are hydro and 10GW are wind. This makes EDP the 4th largest wind power producer in the world. The renewable power business is present in 14 countries including the US, Brazil, Spain and the UK.

Luis Manuel

Executive Board Member, EDP Innovation

Tomás Moreno

Head of Business Transformation

Carla Pimenta

Head of Startup Engagement
innogy New Ventures LLC
innogy SE is a European energy company, offering sustainable and innovative energy solutions. With its three business areas of renewables, grid & infrastructure as well as retail, it addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world.

Stefan Padberg

Managing Director

Florian Kolb

Managing Director
Origin Energy
Origin is an Australian integrated energy solutions provider with leading positions across energy retailing, power generation and natural gas production. Origin has a rapidly growing renewable energy portfolio, and was the world's first energy company to adopt all seven 'We Mean Business Coalition' initiatives, joining a worldwide group of non-government organisations, signatory companies and institutional investors committed to leadership on climate change.  Origin is also scaling up its capabilities in digital metering and data and analytics to create more innovative and differentiated energy solutions for its millions of customers.

Anthony Lucas

Executive General Manager, Future Energy and Business Development

Dr. Cameron Briggs

Head of Future Energy
SP Group
SP Group is a leading energy utilities group in the Asia Pacific. It owns and operates electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses in Singapore and Australia, and district cooling businesses in Singapore and China. SP Group is committed to providing customers with reliable and efficient energy utilities services. More than 1.4 million industrial, commercial and residential customers in Singapore benefit from SP Group’s world-class transmission, distribution and market support services. These networks are amongst the most reliable and cost-effective world-wide. For more information, please visit spgroup.com.sg follow us on Facebook

May Liew

Vice President, Strategic Development

John Ku

Deputy Director, Strategic Development

Leong Wai Yee

Senior Manager, Strategic Development
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO)
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TSE: 9501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is the largest utility in Japan serving millions of homes and businesses. Worldwide the company has more than 43 subsidiaries and 19 affiliates in 4 countries and employs approximately 41,525 people. Consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, totalled 5.8 trillion Japanese yen. The company was established in 1951 and is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Takafumi Anegawa

President of TEPCO Research Institute
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Beta-i is an organization created to boost entrepreneurship, and its mission is to foster a true innovation culture. We help new and established businesses grow, by offering 360º innovation services with 6 main areas: Acceleration, Events, Consulting, Open Innovation, Education and Investment.

Recognised international as one of the leading company’s in this field, and for running Lisbon Challenge, one of Europe’s most active startup accelerators, since 2010 we have received +5000 applications to our several programs and accelerated over 850 startups, that have raised +65M.

Manuel Tânger

Co-Founder, Head of Open Innovation

Lola Daroca

Program Manager