Rich Barone is the Director of the Demand Response Division at Hawaiian Electric. He provides leadership and direction in DER strategy, business cases, technologies and program portfolio and market development. Rich works across process areas and the three Hawaiian Electric utilities to optimize the procurement and operationalization of Distributed Energy Resources, including battery storage, to foster system reliability in a fast-changing electricity grid while supporting the state’s clean energy goals.
Rich joined Hawaiian Electric in 2015 with over 15 years of strategic planning, early-stage technology assessment, software development and system integration expertise. His prior experience was as Associate Director in Emerging Technologies at Navigant Consulting. In that role, his primary focus was in Smart Grid technologies and microgrid business models. Prior to his tenure with Navigant, Rich was employed by Pacific Controls, Inc. as VP, Smart Grid Services.