The “Interest Categories” are framed like many other deliberative industry organizations where consensus-based solutions to industry issues are considered. Interest Categories allow the organization to clearly see that its membership is diverse, is inclusive of all interests, and that no single interest dominates over the others.

Manufacturers

Provide the equipment, software and communications gear and solutions for the safe and efficient generation, delivery and utilization of energy.   Includes: software designers and manufacturers of semiconductors, communications equipment, control systems, generation, transmission, distribution, measuring, storage, testing and safety equipment.

Asset Owners

Own and invest in the infrastructure and communications to produce, transport and/or distribute energy. Includes: vertically integrated utilities, co-operative and municipal utilities, “wires” companies, ITCs, independent power producers, renewable energy producers, including hydro, wind, solar, and biomass, together with other privately and publicly owned entities producing or delivering energy using their assets.

Service Providers & System Administrators

Provide services in the energy industry including the independent operation/management of transmission or distribution systems. Includes: consultants, electricity or financial market traders or brokers; entities which offer electric energy and related services at unregulated prices directly to retail customers; ISOs/RTOs/DSOs; aggregators; organizations that provide design, conformance or compliance testing services; certification services; or funding for the development or operation of energy equipment, systems or services.

Consumers, Policy & Government

Consume energy or develop/implement policies governing the production and delivery of energy and related services to such consumers. Includes: residential, industrial and commercial consumers of energy together with thought leaders who help develop appropriate policies and analysis (e.g., academia, research and teaching organizations) and implementing governmental authorities (e.g., federal, state and local governmental entities).

SDOs & Consortia

Develop and communicate broad industry positions, technologies and standards. Includes: associations, standards development organizations, SSOs, consortia, alliances, societies, user groups, trade associations, etc.