Collaborations & Partnerships

Discover GTI's Emerging Technology Program

In today’s economic environment, an individual company may not be in a position to independently fund an entire R&D project. GTI offers a consortium approach, through which a group of interested companies fund and help steer the direction of a project, while GTI 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—

  • 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
  • Utilization Technology Development (UTD), a member-controlled partnership of natural gas distribution companies formed to conduct near-term applied research and to develop, test, and deploy energy-efficient end-use technologies.
    • The OTD and UTD collaboratives are supported by GTI’s Sustaining Membership Program (SMP) that jointly funds early-stage applied research up to the proof of concept stage, before further development continues with mid- to short-term RD&D programs.
  • 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.
  • Joint Industry Projects (JIPs), which bring 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 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 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 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 works closely with a number of organizations that figure prominently in the energy industry. Highlights include:

GTI Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC)

PIAC provides guidance to GTI through interaction with GTI executive and senior staff on public interest issues and long-term trends that may potentially have impact on GTI, 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.

PIAC, September 2019

Public Utility Commissioner Membership

  • The Honorable Bob Anthony, Chairman, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • The Honorable Jay Balasbas, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • The Honorable Julie Brown, Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable John Coleman, Jr., Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • The Honorable Julie Fedorchak, Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • The Honorable Kristie Fiegen, Vice Chairman, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
  • The Honorable Jim Huston, Chairman, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • The Honorable Sadzi Martha Oliva, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • The Honorable Dianne Solomon, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • The Honorable Swain Whitfield, Chairman, Public Service Commission of South Carolina

Consumer Advocate Membership

  • Andrew Slater, Public Advocate Delaware

Economist Membership

  • Dr. Theodore R. Eck, Energy Economics Consultant

Academic/Technical Membership

  • Dr. Carl Blumstein, Director, California Institute for Energy and Environment
  • Mr. Gerald Braun, Director, Integrated Resources Network
  • Mr. Randy Knepper, Director of Safety, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NAPSR rep.)
  • Mr. Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Federal/State R&D Agency Membership

  • Mr. Joseph Borowiec, Program Manager, Buildings R&D, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Mr. Christopher Freitas, Program Manager, Natural Gas R&D, U.S. Department of Energy

Environmental Membership

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

Municipal Membership

  • Mr. Matt Ballard, President, Sevier County Utility District/APGA
  • Mr. Charles S. Warrington, Jr., Managing Director & Executive Officer, Clearwater Gas System/APGARF

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