Collaborations & Partnerships

In today’s economic environment, an individual company may not be in a position to independently fund an entire R&D project. GTI Energy offers a consortium approach, through which a group of interested companies fund and help steer the direction of a project, while GTI Energy manages the program and performs much of the research. These collaborative programs, which represent a great opportunity for utilities to leverage their R&D investments, include—

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Operations Technology Development (OTD)

A member-controlled partnership of gas distribution companies to develop, test, and implement new technologies related to safe and reliable operation of the infrastructure

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Utilization Technology Development (UTD)

A member-controlled partnership of gas distribution companies that conducts near-term applied research to develop, test, and deploy energy-efficient end-use technologies.

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Emerging Technology Program (ETP)

A member-driven collaborative to accelerate the market introduction and acceptance of new emerging technologies to feed utility energy efficiency programs.

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Sustaining Membership Program (SMP)

GTI Energy’s Sustaining Membership Program (SMP) funds early-stage applied research up to the proof-of-concept stage to support OTD and UTD.

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Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI)

A collaborative effort supported by major electric and gas utilities to advance the technologies needed for deep decarbonization within the next decade so they can be deployed in the 2030 to 2050 timeframe.

GTI Energy successfully designed, built, and installed a waste gas clean-up system and hydrogen generation infrastructure at Joint Base Lewis- McChord’s water treatment plant in Washington state to operate military base vehicles using hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

Joint Industry Projects (JIPs)

Brings together U.S. and international companies interested in a similar scope of work to leverage funding and the knowledge and experience of all partners.

GTI Energy is committed to broadening support for natural gas R&D that benefits gas consumers. Through the “Delta” program, our staff can serve as expert witnesses at rate cases and help you gain approval of R&D funding recovery.

We can help you optimize new technology prior to commercialization. As your technology transfer partner, GTI Energy will conduct full-scale field demonstrations to help you assess equipment performance in real-world conditions and help you transfer new technology to the marketplace.

Working Collaboratively with Our Partners to Deliver Results

GTI Energy has an extensive matrix of partners, investors and clients that encompasses more than 200 organizations. We have a proud legacy of successful projects developed in partnership with:


GTI Energy works closely with a number of organizations that figure prominently in the energy industry. Highlights include:

GTI Energy Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC)

PIAC provides guidance to GTI Energy through interaction with GTI Energy executive and senior staff on public interest issues and long-term trends that may potentially have impact on GTI Energy, the utility Industry, and the energy and natural gas consumer. PIAC is made up of public utility commissioners, consumer advocates, and environmental, economic, and university-based experts.

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Public Utility Commissioner Membership

  • The Honorable John Coleman, Jr., Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PIAC Chairman)
  • The Honorable Kristie Fiegen, Commissioner, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PIAC Vice-Chairman)
  • The Honorable Michael Caron, Commissioner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority & President of NARUC
  • The Honorable Bob Anthony, Vice-Chairman, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • The Honorable Jim Huston, Chairman, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • The Honorable Valerie Means, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • The Honorable Gabriella Passidomo, Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable Scott Rupp, Commissioner, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable Tricia Pridemore, Chairman, Georgia Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable Diane Burman, Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable Lawrence Friedeman, Commissioner, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
  • The Honorable Doug Scott, Chair, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • The Honorable Zenon Christodoulou, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Public Utility Commissioner Staff Membership

  • Mr. Andreas Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas, NARUC, Policy Specialist, Gas Division, Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts
  • Mr. Paul Roberti, Chief Economic & Policy Analyst, Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers

Consumer Advocate Membership

  • Blaise Michna, Public Utilities Engineer II, Natural Gas Section, Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission

Academic/Technical Membership

  • Dr. Carl Blumstein, Director, California Institute for Energy and Environment
  • Mr. Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Federal/State R&D Agency Membership

  • Mr. Christopher Freitas, Sr. Program Manager, Natural Gas Infrastructure R&D, U.S. Department of Energy

Environmental Membership

  • Ms. Shannon Angielski, President, Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition
  • Ms. Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
  • Mr. Howard A. Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center

Municipal Membership

  • Mr. Braxton Williams, Senior Vice President, Gas Division, Jackson Energy Authority/APGA

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