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Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: GDS Associates, Inc.

GDS Associates, Inc.

GDS Associates is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, with offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Since 1986, GDS has been a multi-service engineering and consulting firm providing services to a broad range of clients associated with, or affected by, electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities. Services provided include Power Supply Planning; Wholesale and Retail Rates; Regulatory and Financial; Transmission Planning and NERC/CIP Compliance; Distribution System Planning and Line Design; DSM and Energy Efficiency; Utility Distribution Services; Natural Gas; and other specialized services including renewable energy, sustainability, emerging smart infrastructure, data analytics, electrification, and DER integration. EES Consulting and Hi-Line Engineering are GDS Associates Companies. Visit for more information.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: NRDC


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: NRECA


The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landmass. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Tri-State G&T

Tri-State G&T

Our Mission
We are a not-for-profit cooperative power supplier and our mission is to provide our member systems a reliable, affordable and responsible supply of electricity in accordance with cooperative principles.

Our Members
We are a cooperative of 46 members, including 43 electric distribution cooperatives and public power districts in four states (CO, NE, NM, WY) that together provide power to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West.

TeraWatt Sponsors

Dairyland Power Cooperative

Dairyland Power

Dairyland Power Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, was formed in December 1941. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative providing the wholesale electrical requirements for 24 distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities. These cooperatives and municipals, in turn, supply the energy needs of more than a half-million people in a four-state area.

Great River Energy

Great River Energy

A not-for-profit wholesale electric power cooperative which provides electricity to 28 member-owner distribution cooperatives. Together, our systems serve 700,000 families, farms and businesses in Minnesota.

Hoosier Energy

Hoosier Energy is a non-profit generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative created in 1949 to provide wholesale power and services to member distribution cooperatives. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, the G&T serves 18 member systems in Southern and Central Indiana and Southeastern Illinois.

Collectively, member cooperatives operate and maintain more than 37,000 miles of distribution lines and provide electric service to more than 300,000 consumers or about 686,000 people in 59 Indiana and Illinois counties.

Our mission reflects commitment to members. Hoosier Energy’s mission is to provide members with assured, reliable and competitively priced energy and services in a safe and environmentally acceptable manner. We demonstrate our commitment to that mission through our actions and results.utilities. These cooperatives and municipals, in turn, supply the energy needs of more than a half-million people in a four-state area.

GigaWatt Sponsors

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: A. O. Smith Corporation

A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith Corporation, with global headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1874, applies technology and energy-efficient solutions to products manufactured and marketed worldwide. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AOS), the company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, as well as a leading manufacturer of water treatment and air purification products.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Enel


Enel operates in the US and Canada through two companies: Enel Green Power North America and Enel X North America. Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants with a presence in 14 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 58 plants with a managed capacity of over 6.6 GW powered by wind, geothermal and solar energy. Enel X in North America has around 4,500 business customers, spanning more than 35,000 sites, representing approximately $10.5B in energy spend under management, approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity and over 70 battery storage projects that are operational and under contract. Enel X is revolutionizing the EV charging market with its smart charging solutions deploying over 70,000 charging stations in the US.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Golden Spread Electric Cooperative

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative organized in 1984 to provide low-cost reliable electric power and energy to its 16 Member cooperatives. Golden Spread’s Members provide electric service to approximately 301,000 electric meters serving member consumers located in the Panhandle, South Plains and Edwards Plateau regions of Texas, an area covering 24 percent of the Texas land mass, and in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Southwest Kansas and Southern Colorado. With approximately 1,745 MW of owned generation, Golden Spread prides itself on reliably and efficiently meeting Members’ power supply needs with a flexible and diverse generation fleet that can maximize the benefits of participation in both the Southwest Power Pool and Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

Driven by service and inspired by innovation, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are building a brighter future for 2.5 million North Carolinians. Beyond providing electricity, each of the 26 not-for-profit cooperatives is developing and delivering new energy solutions to exceed their members’ expectations and improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC)

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC)

ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned, power supply cooperative. It supplies the wholesale power requirements of its 11 member electric distribution cooperatives, which provide safe, affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity to 1.5 million people in 70 counties in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Learn more at

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Steffes Corporation

Steffes Corporation

Steffes LLC is a manufacturing leader in multiple industries, including providing innovative energy management and heating solutions. Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) heating is a technology that Steffes has 30+ years of experience to optimize and better utilize electrical energy. Steffes is a North Dakota manufacturing company and a global designer of energy solutions with more than 500 employees. Steffes strongly supports the "Beneficial Electrification" Initiative since it provides energy equity for all stakeholders and offers, particularly to end-users, the ability to have a real, significant, and positive impact on the evolution of the grid and distribution systems.

Wabash Valley Power Alliance

Wabash Valley Power Alliance is a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative based in Indianapolis. The G&T provides wholesale electricity to 23 retail electric distribution cooperatives in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Collectively, these cooperatives supply electricity to more than 311,000 homes, farms, schools, and businesses.

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) is a leading provider of ductless and VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems in the United States and Latin America. With unmatched energy efficiency, performance and control, it’s never been easier to make any home, any building, anywhere more comfortable and energy efficient. Plus our all-electric systems help mitigate climate change by lowering your carbon footprint.

Connexus Energy

Based in Ramsey, Minnesota, Connexus Energy is Minnesota’s largest electric cooperative, providing electricity and related products to member residents and businesses. The Connexus Energy Board of Directors, elected by our membership, governs the electric cooperative. They serve more than 141,000+ members in portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, and Washington counties.

MegaWatt Sponsors

Central Iowa Power Cooperative

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: ClimateMaster

Dakota Electric Association

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: East Central Energy

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Enertech Global

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Geothermal Exchange Organization


Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC)

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: Rheem

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: TrackerSled

Beneficial Electrification Sponsor: WaterFurnace International