Joining the WATT Coalition
The Working for Advanced Transmission Technologies Coalition is the only organization working exclusively on resolving economic and policy obstacles to the use of Grid Enhancing Technologies (GETs) on the U.S. transmission grid. Our mission is to unlock renewable energy queues, reduce transmission congestion, and make the best use of existing grid infrastructure.
And we’re making real progress.
- Sponsored the definitive study of the impact of GETs on the interconnection of renewable energy, evaluating electricity cost savings, emissions reductions and community economic impacts. See Unlocking the Queue with Grid Enhancing Technologies.
- Educated scores of elected and appointed officials and government employees, leading to endorsements of GETs and policy pathways to broader implementation from Senator Martin Heinrich, Representatives Kathy Castor and Sean Casten, FERC Commissioners, as well as state officials, Public Utility Commissioners and leaders in the Department of Energy.
- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law specifically mentions GETs in the Transmission Facilitation and the Smart Grid Investment Grants programs, a $3 billion cost-matching grant.
- Multiple streams of work at FERC to increase GETs deployments: consideration of a shared savings incentive, requirements for GETs in the transmission NOPR, and an open docket on DLR requirements.
- Held a Grid Enhancing Technologies Summit on May 23, 2022, at DistribuTech in Dallas, Texas with comments from two members of Congress, a current FERC Commissioner and former FERC Chair, and RTO and industry experts.
Why should you join?
GETs are the fastest tools available to advance the energy transition – they enable vastly more renewables on the existing grid and reduce transmission congestion costs, leading to cheaper rates and local economic development.
- GETs are the fastest tools available to advance the energy transition – they enable vastly more renewables on the existing grid and reduce transmission congestion costs, leading to cheaper rates and local economic development.
- You will be in the loop on developments at FERC, in Congress and in key states including New York that will impact the deployment of GETs, and your feedback will be incorporated at the ground floor of the policy design process.
- A larger coalition behind our messages adds urgency in meetings with policymakers and sparks faster action.
- Greater resources for the WATT Coalition will help produce more compelling research like Unlocking the Queue, more events like the Grid Enhancing Technologies Summit and increase member policy education and engagement.
- You can utilize networking opportunities with members and external stakeholders.
- Your company gains visibility on the WATT website and through events and outreach.
- You receive first-hand education on how GETs can support business priorities.
The WATT Coalition offers three types of membership:
- Technology Members
Companies that develop Grid Enhancing Technologies can apply to join the WATT Coalition as technology members. These members have first and final say on WATT strategy and resource allocation, from advocacy efforts to commissioning research and hosting events.
Technology members are invited to send representatives to all meetings with elected officials and their staff, as well as internal meetings, including monthly WATT member meetings and biweekly policy and public affairs meetings. Prospective members can begin by submitting a membership application.
- Associate Members
Companies that support the expanded deployment of GETs can apply to join the WATT Coalition as associate members. These members are invited to provide input on advocacy approaches and messages and are invited to attend all WATT internal meetings and official meetings. Associate members are frequently invited to speak at WATT Coalition events based on expertise in GETs, renewable energy development and other key issues for the Coalition. Prospective Associate Members can begin by submitting a membership application.
- Coalition Partners
The WATT Coalition collaborates with other coalitions and non-governmental organizations to present a united voice on the value of GETs to renewable energy and customer savings. Trade associations and nonprofits who would like the opportunity to sign on to comments to federal and state agencies or collaborate on educational events and resources are invited to be official coalition partners. Prospective Coalition Partners should reach out through our Contact page.