Startups, Incubators, and Utilities Convene at Incubatenergy Summer Meeting

The second annual Incubatenergy Network Summer Meeting took place in Los Angeles, August 2-3, bringing together nearly 100 clean energy players including incubators, startups, and utilities.

The Incubatenergy Network, a national effort lead by EPRI and NREL, acts as a consortium of clean energy incubators who share best practices, support entrepreneurs, and help facilitate a smoother transition to a more sustainable clean energy economy.

This mission was readily apparent at the summer meeting. The meeting kicked off with a keynote presentation by Hawaii Public Utilities Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, focusing on how innovative clean energy solutions can help lead to a more sustainable and resilient energy grid for the future. Quoting Robert F. Kennedy, she encouraged attendees, “rather than looking at things as they are and asking why, we should look at things as they could be and ask why not.”

IMG_6402 copyFollowing the keynote, the afternoon consisted of presentations from startups representing a wide range of clean energy technologies, networking time for incubators, entrepreneurs, and utilities, and a discussion panel focusing on energy trends. Presentations covered innovations ranging from thermal storage solutions to farms inside shipping containers. In total, 15 companies demonstrated companies and concepts with the potential to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable energy system.

The second day of the event featured targeted meetings and a tour of the impressive LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) La Kretz Innovation Campus with 60,000 square feet of co-working space, meeting rooms, labs and prototyping areas. The group heard pitches from LACI portfolio companies, and held strategic meetings focused on network impact.

The Network will convene informally at various member events, with another bi-annual meeting taking place in conjunction with the ARPA-E Summit in Washington, DC February 27 – March 1, 2017. For more information about the network or member events, please visit

– Meghan Bader, NREL


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