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.

Click here to find Free Electrons’ overview pitch deck.

Hydro Québec
Origin Energy
Energias de Portugal (EDP)
Electricity Supply Board (ESB)

Better together – agile with the benefits of scale

Startups may have agility, fresh ideas and cutting-edge knowledge, but not necessarily the experience and resources to build, test and deploy their solutions economically or at scale. By partnering, both startups and utilities can complement each other and create mutually beneficial outcomes/solutions.


A league of global energy utilities

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

Million customers
Billion USD in revenue generated
KM of transmission and distribution lines
GW of owned and contracted capacity

About the Utilities


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.

Ivan Ng

Manager, Ecosystems

Brendon Joe

Head of Group Ventures & Research

David Simmonds

Chief Strategy, Sustainability and Governance Officer

David Fleming

Group Development Director

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.

Marguerite Sayers

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.

Luís Manuel

Executive Board Member, EDP Innovation

Tomás Moreno

Head of Innovation Ecosystem, EDP Innovation


E.ON is an international investor-owned energy company headquartered in Essen, Germany, which focuses on energy networks and customer solutions. As one of Europe’s largest energy companies, E.ON plays a leading role in shaping a clean, digital, decentralized world of energy. To this end, around 72,000 employees develop and sell products and solutions for private, commercial and industrial customers. Approximately 48 million customers purchase electricity, gas, digital products or solutions for electric mobility, energy efficiency and climate protection from E.ON.

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Samuel Gerlach

Senior Innovation Manager, E.ON Group Innovation

Thomas Birr

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, E.ON SE

Stefan Padberg

Managing Director, E.ON Innovation Co-investments Inc

Dr. Christof Kortz

Head of Startup Partnerships, E.ON Group Innovation

Hydro Québec

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. With 63 hydroelectric power stations, a combined output capacity of 37,370 megawatts, it is Canada’s largest electricity producer and ranks among the world’s largest hydropower producers. Its sole shareholder is the Québec government. Recognized as a leader in hydropower and large transmission systems, Hydro-Québec exports clean, renewable power and commercializes its expertise and innovations on world markets.

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

Christian Bélanger

R&D Senior Director

Sylvain Labonté

Head of Strategic and Transversal Projects


JERA was created through the consolidation of the fuel and thermal power departments of the Tokyo Electric Power Company and the Chubu Electric Power Company. The company was established with the concurrent aims of creating an energy company capable of competing in the global energy market and providing a stable supply of globally competitive energy, all while increasing corporate value.

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

Mr. Yoshinaka Iwata

Head of Strategy Group

Dr. Sami Ben Jamaa

Global Chief Information and Digital Officer

Origin Energy

Origin is a leading Australian integrated energy solutions provider with 4.5 million customers, a generation portfolio of 7,800 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.

Joanna Nelson

General Manager, Portfolio Delivery

Dr. Cameron Briggs

Head of Future Energy

Anthony Lucas

Executive General Manager, Future Energy and Technology

Amy Van Beek

Manager, International Partnerships
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