The Utilities

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.

Click below to view The Utilities strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities and learn what each utility is looking for from Free Electrons.

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Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO)
SP Group
Origin Energy
innogy New Ventures LLC
Energias de Portugal (EDP)
Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
CLP
American Electric Power
AusNet Services

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A league of global energy utilities

The ten energy utility partners are leaders in the clean energy transition. A bit about us:

40+
Countries
82+
Million customers
173+
Billion USD in revenue generated
1,915k+
KM of transmission and distribution lines
218+
GW of owned and contracted capacity

About the Utilities

American Electric Power

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on finding and validating future deployable innovative technologies, particularly related to the distribution grid, especially in the areas of advanced platforms, resiliency and advanced e-mobility, to enhance efficiency and to provide reliable customized energy solutions to its more than 5 million customers in over 30 states in the US. AEP’s approximately 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP plans to invest 25 billionUSD in the next 5 years to modernize its transmission and distribution grids. AEP is also one of the largest electricity producers in the US with approximately 26,000 MW of diverse generating capacity including nearly 5,300 MW of renewable energy.

 

Click here to find AEP’s utility overview deck and learn about AEP’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

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 needs.

 

Click here to find AusNet’s utility overview deck and learn about AusNet’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Mario Tieppo

Executive General Manager

Mark Judd

Head of Digital Services

Megan Fisher

Head of Digital & Innovation

CLP

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.

 

Click here to find CLP’s utility overview deck and learn about CLP’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Austin R. 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.

 

Click here to find DEWA’s utility overview deck and learn about DEWA’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer

MD & CEO

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.

 

Click here to find ESB’s utility overview deck and learn about ESB’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Jerry O'Sullivan

ESB Deputy Chief Executive

John McKiernan

Head of Innovation Pipeline

Energias de Portugal (EDP)

EDP aims at leading the energy transition to create superior value. The EDP Group produces, distributes and generates power to around 12 million customers. With 27GW of power production capacity of which around 75% are wind, solar and hydro, EDP is the 4th largest wind power producer in the world. Active in 18 countries including USA, Brazil, Spain, Portugal and the UK, EDP bets in Open Innovation through a combination of Corporate VC, Startup Engagement, Intrapreneurship and hands on project collaboration.

 

Click here to find EDP’s utility overview deck and learn about EDP’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Luis Manuel

Executive Board Member, EDP Innovation

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.

 

Click here to find Innogy’s utility overview deck and learn about Innogy’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Stefan Padberg

Managing Director

Florian Kolb

Managing Director

Origin Energy

Origin is a leading Australian integrated energy solutions provider with 4.2 million customers, a generation portfolio of 7,200 MW and natural gas production. The energy markets around the world are rapidly transforming and Australia is no exception. The continued penetration of distributed assets, combined with the rise of IoT devices, are changing the way our customers use energy and the way energy will flow and be balanced in the future. Origin believes significant opportunity exists in the transformative impact of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation on the energy sector and our strategy positions us to be at the forefront of this transition as we connect customers to the energy and technologies of the future.

 

Click here to find Origin’s utility overview deck and learn about Origin’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Anthony Lucas

Executive General Manager, Future Energy and Business Development

Dr. Cameron Briggs

Head of Future Energy

Joanna Nelson

Group Manager, Future Energy

SP Group

SP Group (SP) is a leading energy utilities company in Asia Pacific. One of Singapore’s largest corporations, SP recorded revenues of S$3.9 billion and assets of S$19.2 billion in FY17/18. SP owns and operates electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses in Singapore and Australia. It also owns and operates the world’s largest underground district cooling network in Singapore, and is setting up district cooling operations in China. More than 1.6 million industrial, commercial and residential customers in Singapore benefit from SP’s world-class transmission, distribution and market support services. The SP networks in Singapore are amongst the most reliable and cost-effective worldwide.

 

Click here to find SP’s utility overview deck and learn about SP’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities

May Liew

Head of Sustainability and Open Innovation

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 49 subsidiaries and 21 affiliates in 4 countries and employs approximately 41,000 people. Consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, totaled 6.3 trillion Japanese yen. The company was established in 1951 and is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

 

Click here to find TEPCO’s utility overview deck and learn about TEPCO’s strategic challenges, focus areas and priorities.

Takafumi Anegawa

President of TEPCO Research Institute

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Manuel Tânger

Co-Founder, Head of Open Innovation

Mafalda Freitas

Open Innovation Program Director