The APGA Research Foundation (RF) has several important partners that enhance its funding support forresearch and development (R&D).
The Gas Technology Institute is a premier energy R&D organization. For more than 65 years, GTI has beenthe leader in the development and deployment of natural gas technology solutions that contribute to asecure, abundant, and affordable energy future. As such, it provides economic value to the natural gasindustry and its customers, while supporting the government in achieving policy objectives. To date, GTIprograms have resulted in nearly 500 products, 750 licenses, and more than 1,200 associated patents.The RF works primarily through GTI’s four not-for-profit organizations devoted to facilitating voluntarilyfunded, collaborative research related to operations and end use applications. The collaborative nature ofthe Sustaining Membership Program (SMP), Operations Technology Development (OTD) and UtilizationTechnology Development (UTD) allow the RF to leverage each of its dollars ten to twenty times on criticallyimportant R&D projects. The Emerging Technology Program (ETP) accelerates the market acceptance ofemerging gas technologies. The RF also has a seat on the GTI Board and two seats on GTI’s Public Interest Advisory Committee.
The RF helped fund GTI’s 2009 technical analysis calling for greater direct use of gas to reduce greenhousegas emissions and improve energy efficiency of appliances and homes. The RF is also a partial funder ofthe current GTI/Navigant Vision Study to determine the role of natural gas in the new world of the smartenergy grid. Read GTI's 2015 Annual Report.
The Energy Solutions Center is a technology commercialization and market development organizationrepresenting energy utilities, municipal energy authorities, and equipment manufacturers and vendors.The mission of the Center is to accelerate the acceptance of and deployment of new energy-efficient, gasfueledtechnologies that enhance the operations and productivity of commercial and industrial energyusers, and improves comfort and reliability for residential energy users.The ESC and its members identify, evaluate, and prioritize new market opportunities and then implementmarket development initiatives designed to move products from R&D success to broad market acceptance.The RF and its investor public gas systems are members of several ESC consortia that focus on commercialand residential markets and National Accounts. The RF investors are recipients of all deliverablesof those ESC consortia of which the RF is a member. Most important is the unending top quality hard copyand electronic marketing materials.
The American Gas Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on being an independent source ofinformation research and programs on energy and environmental issues that affect public policy, with aparticular emphasis on natural gas. The AGF has delivered numerous key public policy reports since 2000and has sponsored executive level forums and events focusing on energy supply. The RF has supported theAGF on important policy studies such as the “Public Policy and Real Energy Efficiency.”