Press Archive

A Low-Tech Approach to Energy Storage: Molten Metals

The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity — making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Ambri is based on the idea of using liquid or molten metals to generate electricity.

WBUR | March 27, 2017

Pono Home’s Efficiency Retrofit Project for 5,000 Public Housing Units Kicks off in Hawaii

In collaboration with Hawaii Energy and the Energy Excelerator, Pono Home kicked off a project to retrofit up to 5,000 homes for the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.

Cleantechnica | March 23, 2017

Bidgely’s Business Blooms as Residential Demand Management Matures

Bidgely, like other energy management solution providers, aims to allow consumers to take control of their energy usage through increased knowledge of their power consumption. But unlike many of its competitors, the company offers energy consumption information for nearly every major household appliance without the use of any mandatory hardware.

Utility Dive | March 22, 2017

Before Tesla: 10 Hawaiian Startups Building an Amazing Alternative Energy Ecosystem

The opening of Tesla’s newest solar center is bringing overdue attention to the state’s bustling alternative energy sector and thus to a growing list of new energy startups taking advantage of local resources.

Geektime | March 19, 2017

Enel Joins EEx’s Global Advisory Board

Enel joins the Navy, the U.S. Department of Energy, GE Ventures, Blackstone, and others to provide member startups with support to develop clean energy solutions.

Pacific Business News | March 1, 2017

How Drones Are Helping Design the Solar Power Plants of the Future

"A cottage industry is growing around creating technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms. HST Solar has developed algorithms to swiftly plot out the best designs, layout, and wiring for large solar farms," says Katie Fehrenbacher.

The Guardian | February 26, 2017

Building a Cohort

Go behind the scenes of how we built our 2017 cohort of companies ranging from aerial spectroscopy for farmers to a new CO2 conversion technology.

Cleantechnica | February 9, 2017

Smart Yields, Smart Farming

Smart Yields connects a wide variety of sensors and hardware, and taps a diverse array of data sets and agronomy best practices to give farmers a flexible yet powerful tool to help protect crops, optimize operations, and increase yields.

Hawaii News Now | February 8, 2017

Bidgely Shares Results from Energy Efficiency Program with London Hydro

It's time to install batteries into the biggest machine of all: the United States' electrical grid. In this episode of "Nova", the "Search For the Super Battery" leads to Amber Kinetics.

CBS News | January 29, 2017

Ambri Returns to the Energy Storage Hunt with Liquid Metal Battery Redesign

Eric Wesoff writes that "Ambri, with its liquid metal battery technology, has returned to the energy storage race after "a pause" during which it redesigned its high-temperature seals and worked on other facets of its storage system."

Greentech Media | December 14, 2016

Letter From Marrakech

After returning from COP22 in Marrakech, Melissa shares Dr. Jonathan Pershing's (lead climate negotiator for the US) 5 key perspectives on the Conference of the Parties process and his focus for the next 5 years.

Cleantechnica | December 7, 2016

Ibis Networks Raises $2.5M Series A

“It gives us working capital to really focus on expanding our commercialization efforts in 2017,” says CEO Michael Pfeffer.

Pacific Business News | December 7, 2016

WaterSmart Signs Agreement with GE’s Water & Process Technologies

Together they will further the creation of digital solutions that address pressing issues in water distribution management.

GE Press Release | December 7, 2016

Pilot Program With Pono Home Helps Low-Income, Kupuna Families

Over 1,300 home-efficiency products were installed in 66 low-income and kupuna (elderly) homes across Kauai as part of a pilot program spearheaded by Pono Home in partnership with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and the County of Kauai.

The Garden Island | November 29, 2016

Kunoa Buys Oahu’s Only Slaughterhouse to Beef Up Industry

While Kunoa will use Oahu’s only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified hog and cattle slaughter facility to process its own animals for sale, it will also continue to offer meat processing services to the Hawaii livestock community.

Pacific Business News | November 18, 2016

The Difference Makers: TerViva’s Business is Saving the Earth

“Farmers are not the earliest adopters of new technology,” says Naveen Sikka, cofounder and CEO of a six-year-old Oakland-based startup called TerViva. But eight large citrus growers in Florida and two major sugar plantation owners in Hawaii have embraced the company’s brand of AgTech, putting them at the forefront of what Sikka hopes will become a technology-driven game-changer for feeding the planet.

Fortune | November 14, 2016

WaterSmart and Stripe Bring Innovative Payment Solution to Water Industry

WaterSmart launches a new innovative payment solution: the first of its kind for the water industry. It integrates customer engagement, water consumption data, leak resolution, billing information, and multi-channel electronic payment options - all in a unified customer portal.

Press Release | October 5, 2016

Hawaiian Electric is Testing Flywheels as an Energy Storage Option

Hawaiian Electric announces a new partnership with Amber Kinetics to build and install a flywheel system at Campbell Industrial Park power plant.

Greentech Media | October 4, 2016

The Difference Makers: T-REX Finances Renewable Energy

As a fintech entrepreneur who left a stable corporate job, Ben Cohen feels lucky. While he now has the flexibility of running his own innovative startup, Cohen has clients that are some of the biggest financial firms in the world.

Fortune | October 3, 2016

Pono Home & KIUC Amp Up Efficiency

Kauai Island Utility Company and the County of Kauai, in partnership with Pono Home, are offering a new pilot program to Kauai residents conserve energy.

The Garden Island | September 26, 2016

Sun Dance

Many hurdles will have to be cleared and problems solved along the path to Hawaii's goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. Shifted Energy leverages the energy and thermal storage capacity of grid interactive water heaters (GIWH). Shifted Energy's solution connects water heaters to smart systems allowing the heaters to cycle on or off based on real-time grid needs for increased or reduced aggregate power consumption.

Summit Zine | September 17, 2016

How Data and Machine Learning are Changing the Solar Industry

Katie Fehrenbacher writes, "The rise of data tools—algorithms, machine learning, sensors—are driving investments in, and acquisitions of, solar startups, while entrepreneurs are launching new companies that are using data to solve various solar industry problems." Featuring kWh Analytics and BrightBox Technologies.

Fortune | September 14, 2016

kWh Analytics Raises $5M Series A Round & Launches a New Product

kWh Analytics’ new PowerLock financial product increases equity returns of solar projects by combining the world’s largest solar production database with insurance backing by Standard & Poor’s “A” rated global insurance carriers.

Cleantechnica | September 7, 2016

BrightBox Gets Acquired! What Does This Mean for Energy Startups?

Aquisition details plus four interesting trends we’ve been tracking through our work with our portfolio companies.

EEx on Medium | September 2, 2016

We’re a Non Profit & We Raised a Fund: Why?

If you’ve been at any of our events over the past few months, you’ll know that we have been dropping mentions of this new chapter, but we haven’t publicly announced it…. so…drumroll please! It is with great excitement that we introduce the newest evolution of the Energy Excelerator model, a private, follow-on fund customized for energy and clean technology companies: EEx Fund One.

EEx on Medium | August 9, 2016

Energy kits for 750 Oahu Homes

Bidgely, through its EEx Demonstration Project, is partnering with Blue Planet Foundation and Hawaiian Electric to launch a pilot program offering the installation of free home energy kits in 750 homes across Oahu.

Pacific Business News | July 6, 2016

250 Hawai‘i Schools Get Energy Management Systems

Public elementary, middle and high schools in the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ service territory are receiving new, intelligent, energy-monitoring devices and software through a unique collaboration among Stem, Hawaiian Electric Companies, EEx, and the Hawai‘i Department of Education.

Maui Now | June 21, 2016

Accelerating the Success of Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

Getting clean-energy innovations to market can require access to costly scientific equipment, along with patient, long-term capital to meet rigorous technical and market milestones. Both government and philanthropy can play a catalytic role for entrepreneurs at the earliest stages.

The White House Blog | June 2, 2016

6 Cleantech Startups Making Waves in Hawaii

Over the past three years EEx has mobilized $15 million in funding to support 42 companies. Over the next 18 months, these companies plan to raise more than $240 million in new investment. Julia Pyper profiles six of the 32 in Greentech Media.

Greentech Media | May 18, 2016

DR Down Under: Bidgely App Delivers 30% Peak Load Reductions in Australia

Bidgely helps United Energy reduce load by a 30% during peak events during the 2016 summer season.

Utility Dive | May 4, 2016

Grid 2.0: Toward an Energy Paradigm Shift

The "Grid 2.0" vision calls for a responsive and highly integrated system of distributed energy sources and consumers. At the 2015 VERGE conference in San Jose, California, Dawn, Elisabeth Brinton of California utility PG&E and Graham Richard from Advanced Energy Economy discussed new kinds of relationships and partnerships in order to facilitate this vision.

GreenBiz | April 7, 2016

Hawaii, Where Energy Startups Go to Prove Themselves

David Ferris writes about how "Hawaii is an exotic species in the world of energy. On the one hand, it's tiny, an archipelago thousands of miles from anywhere. On the other, it's big: a U.S. state that is home to 1.4 million people, a tourist destination for millions more, and home base to one of the world's largest naval fleets."

EE News | April 5, 2016

Why Did 1776 Invest in TransitScreen?

1776 invests in entrepreneurs who are transforming critical industries like transportation, energy, health and smart cities. They offer ample opportunities for innovative startups to scale while improving countless lives around the world. As investors, that excites them. Their latest investment is in Washington, D.C.-based TransitScreen, a startup that produces real-time, way-finding displays.

1776 Insights | April 5, 2016

Third Wave

Hawaii Business profiles EEx in three parts: 1) a look at our 2016 cohort, 2) an update on past EEx cohorts, and 3) a look at EEx itself and its partners.

Hawaii Business | April 2016

Ibis Networks Partners with Honeywell Company, Alerton

To help building professionals save up to 40% on their plug-load electricity costs, Alerton and Ibis Networks​ have partnered to bring the Ibis InteliNetwork to Alerton dealers.

Alerton Press Release | March 31, 2016

Can Data Rescue Solar Stocks? Google Is Leading the Way

Opening up solar data sets is the key to unlocking capital, argues Jason Kaminsky of kWh Analytics.

Greentech Media | March 9, 2016

Impact Investors in the Eco Revolution

"We're seeing very rapid transformation in the energy sector in particular, as well as transportation and water, and over the next 10 years we're going to be making decisions that determine how the next hundred years of infrastructure is going to look, in this country and around the world," says Dawn at SOCAP 2015.

SOCAP Blog | March 2, 2016

Why I Care About Energy in My Quick Service Restaurant

Roger Deslauriers and his brother-in-law have owned a dozen Dunkin Donuts locations in Massachusetts and Florida; it’s a business that his father started back in 1959 and it has been part of their family ever since. He addresses some of the most common questions he gets about their business’ commitment to green on the Plotwatt blog.

Plotwatt Blog | February 17, 2016

Launching TransitScreen Green

TransitScreen Green is a new initiative to keep their team, facilities, and platform working in harmony with the environment.

TransitScreen Blog | January 27, 2016

How Startups and Incumbents Are Collaborating to Make Hawaii 100% Renewable

Dawn joined Stephen Lacy, Jigar Shah and Katherine Hamilton better known as The Energy Gang to talk how startups are supporting Hawaii's goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Greentech Media | January 21, 2016

EEx Expands Further into Asia Pacific, Partners with Vector, New Zealand’s Largest Utility

“Innovation is core to Vector’s growth," says Simon Mackenzie, CEO of Vector. "EEx and its pipeline of innovation will help us test and scale new solutions."

Press Release | January 12, 2016

PG&E’s 75MW Energy Storage Procurement to Test Amber Kinetics’ Flywheels

On Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric revealed contracts for 75 MW of storage that includes 20 MW of flywheels from startup Amber Kinetics.

Greentech Media | December 3, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy & MIT Energy Initiative Recognize Women Leaders in Energy

Dawn, Carla Peterman (commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission), and seven other women were honored for their outstanding leadership and achievements at the Annual U.S. DOE / MIT Clean Energy Symposium.

C3E Blog | November 4, 2015

Bidgely Raises $16M Series B

Bidgely is best known for its disaggregation software offering customers appliance-level energy consumption data, which it collects by analyzing the unique energy-use patterns of individual devices. Constellation Technology Ventures, which is part of Exelon Corporation, led the round. European utility investors E.ON and RWE also joined in the round with existing investor Khosla Ventures.

Greentech Media | November 2, 2015

TerViva Pioneers a New Type of Oilseed

Canola growers could soon be facing competition from a new type of oilseed.
 A California company will be harvesting its first commercial crop of pongamia next year, a leguminous tree species that produces oilseed pods.


The Western Producer | October 15, 2015

Energy & Innovation from the Slopes of Aspen to the Shores of Hawaii

"The grid has never changed faster, and this sea of change has its own navigators," writes Dawn for Global Island News. She attended the 2015 Aspen-Institute Clean Energy Innovation Forum, an impressive gathering of about 70 forward-looking folks, including technology companies like Google, utilities like NRG, and representatives from the White House and Department of Energy.

Global Island News | September 19, 2015

The Land of Surf, Sun and Startups: 5 Promising Energy Companies Working in Hawaii

"With strong demand for distributed generation, Hawaii is an ideal place for cleantech startups to test their ideas -- if they can get traction. Enter Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based nonprofit designed to help startups find their way into the island state's dynamic energy market," says Julia Pyper.

Greentech Media | September 3, 2015

The White House Hosts Its First Demo Day

"Whether it’s a garage, a basement, a dorm room, or—if you’re like me—a kitchen, a great idea can ignite just about anywhere," writes Diana Doukas on the White House's first every Demo Day featuring EEx company, Go Electric.

The White House Blog | August 19, 2015

Stem Raises $45M in Series C

Stem has raised $45 million from investors including the energy-trading arm of German power company RWE. Katie Fehrenbacher writes that "the key to Stem's system is algorithms that use data from local utilities, building operations, and from a variety of other sources to quickly shift buildings from battery to grid power. Lithium-ion batteries can provide short bursts of power, to meet the demand."

Fortune | August 13, 2015

Need a Taxi to the Airport? Options Expanding Beyond Uber

EEx company, Bandwagon, featured as an alternative to Uber by Stephanie Rosenbloom in the New York Times. In late May Bandwagon began operating at La Guardia Airport.

New York Times | August 10, 2015

ConnectDER Cuts Cost of Grid Interconnection for Rooftop Solar

Forbes writes about ConnectDER, a startup founded in 2012 in Pennsylvania with a technology that goes a long way toward solving panel-driven interconnection conundrums for solar and other distributed energy resources.

Forbes | June 2, 2015

EEx Weekend Hackathon Tackles Hawaii’s Traffic Problem

On Friday, EEx launched a two-day hackathon where teams will have 24 hours to build apps addressing one of Hawaii’s most notorious problems: transportation.

Pacific Business News | May 22, 2015

Blackstone and DENSO Back EEx

Blackstone Charitable Foundation and DENSO join the Office of Naval Research, the US Department of Energy, Hawaii State Energy Office, and Hawaiian Electric Industries as Energy Excelerator's Global Partners.

Cleantechnica | February 19, 2015

Stem to Supply 86MW to Southern California Edison

Stem leverages the work they are doing with us in Hawaii to become of four companies selected by Southern California Edison (SCE) in the largest grid-connected storage purchase in the history of the United States, 261 MW of storage capability.

Forbes | November 5, 2014

Stem Raises $100M Project Finance Fund

Eric Wesoff covers the a behind-the-meter energy storage startup' $100 million fund to finance distributed energy storage at commercial and industrial customers. At the same times he asks whether or not the "leasing model can do for energy storage what it’s done for residential solar."

Greentech Media | September 16, 2014

EEx Opens Applications for its 2015 Cohort

Katie Fehrenbacher reveals our secret sauce, deployment: "Seed stage companies can draw up to $75,000 and growth stage companies can bring in up to $1 million. So, yeah, not huge coffers, but perhaps the biggest upside of the program is if a company wants to do a pilot or commercial project in Hawaii."

Gigaom (R.I.P.) | May 12, 2014

EEx Provides Boost for Clean Energy

Hawaii Business profiles the 15 companies in EEx's 2014 cohort.

Hawaii Business | March 2014

EEx Pours $5M into Cleantech Startups

A new startup program, called Energy Exceletor, recently raised $30 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to help the state achieve that goal. A portion of the funds — about $5 million — have already been invested in 15 innovative companies.

Venture Beat | November 7, 2013

Navy Commits $30M to EEx

Ucilia Wang of Forbes writes about why EEx and the Navy feel Hawaii is the best test bed for energy startups: "Hawaii may be small in size, but its high energy costs have made the island state a desirable market for green tech."

Forbes | September 6, 2013

EEx Receives $30M From The Navy

Announcing our $30 million commitment from the U.S. Navy, Eliza Brooke of TechCrunch writes, "By operating outside Silicon Valley and instead in an environment with a vested interest in finding energy solutions, Energy Excelerator could be making steps toward helping startups gain traction."

TechCrunch | September 3, 2013