Six organizations have joined to create the Distributed Energy Resources Council (DERC) to promote distributed energy and smart-grid technologies in Hawaii.
Hawaii has committed itself to achieving 100% renewable electricity generation by 2045.
Member companies include E-Gear, a battery energy storage system provider; Enphase, a manufacturer of microinverters; the Hawaii Energy Connection, a sustainable energy solution provider; Hygrid, an energy consulting firm; Stem, an energy storage and software provider; and Tabuchi, a manufacturer of solar inverters.
The organization says it plans to actively participate in proceedings at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, as well as monitor and engage in relevant legislative opportunities.
‘We are pleased to see the formation of this collaboration platform for distributed energy technologies in Hawaii,’ says Dawn Lippert, director of the Energy Excelerator, a program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research that funds seed-stage and growth-stage startups with compelling and immediate applications in Hawaii. ‘The utility landscape is changing, and we need new technology companies at the table in order to help our utilities transform to a clean energy future. We hope DERC will work with policymakers, utilities and regulators to pave the way for new jobs, innovation and collaboration in Hawaii's energy sector.’