Thought Leadership Through Association
Sensus is an active, leading member of many industry associations. By engaging with these influential organizations, we can have a positive impact on the utility industry. Our involvement allows us to listen to and contribute thought leadership with our colleagues and peers. We gain insight into trends, customer issues and industry growth opportunities through our membership in the following organizations:
American Gas Association
Founded in 1918, the American Gas Association (AGA) represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. Today, more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the nation receive their reliable, affordable supplies of natural gas from AGA members—and natural gas meets almost a quarter of America’s energy needs.
American Public Power Association
The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 48 million Americans. It was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price while working to protect the environment.
American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
Aqua members are constantly investing in new technologies to meet industry needs for more frequent and accurate measurement information. Ten countries are represented among Aqua’s 27 EU members. The objectives of Aqua and its members are: 1) Promoting common European standards in relation to quality—measurement accuracy “M.I.D.”; communication; products in contact with potable water; promoting environment-friendly products and production processes, 2) Bringing technologies that meet the needs of industry and end consumers, 3) Working with other associations and groups to ensure compatibility with future smart metering solutions, and 4) Providing support to industry and end customers in the field of water and heat metering.
Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) is a nonprofit organization, originally formed in 2004 as the Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC). ADS is an organization consisting of professionals and organizations involved in demand response and smart grid. It provides services to help its members in the conduct of their work and in the attainment of their personal, corporate and governmental objectives. ADS seeks to establish and grow a demand response “community” of policymakers, utilities, system operators, technology companies, consumers and other stakeholders.
The DVGW (Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches e. V. – Technisch-wissenschaftlicher Verein – German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) has been providing technical and scientific support for the German gas and water industry since 1859. All the activities of the DVGW focus on safety, hygiene and environmental protection, taking efficiency and cost-effectiveness into consideration. As a technical standardization organization, the DVGW promotes technological development in its sector. The production, transportation, distribution and use of energy and drinking water always call for technical processes and plant. The technical standards of the DVGW lay the foundations for technical self-regulation under the responsibility of the German gas and water industry and ensure safe gas and water supplies at the highest international levels.
Edison Electric Institute
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Its members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. With more than $85 billion in annual capital expenditures, the electric power industry is responsible for millions of additional jobs. Reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity powers the economy and enhances the lives of all Americans. EEI has 70 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and 250 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
ESMIG is the European voice of smart energy solutions providers. Its members provide products, information technology and services for multi-commodity metering, display and management of energy consumption and production at consumer premises.
ESMIG drives the timely introduction of efficient and scalable consumer–friendly products and services fundamental to the participation of end-users in the smart energy and water systems of Europe’s future. Its activities are focused around systems for smart metering, consumer energy management, and safe and secure data transfer.
ESMIG works closely with EU policy makers and other EU associations to make Europe’s energy and water systems cleaner, reliable and more efficient, and the European consumer informed, empowered and engaged.
FREEDM Systems Center
FREEDM is an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center creating the Energy Internet: a network of distributed energy resources utilizing secure communications for intelligent power management enabled through advances in power electronics. Our research areas include power electronics, controls theory, solid-state transformers, fault isolation devices, and power systems simulation and demonstration. The Center is led by NC State University in partnership with ASU, FSU, Florida A&M and Missouri S&T. Our industry members benefit from research discoveries and relationships with faculty, but our most valuable “products” are highly skilled graduates with a systematic understanding of the electric grid.
Since 2008, the IPSO (Internet Protocol for Smart Objects) Alliance has served as a resource center and thought leader seeking to establish the Internet Protocol as the basis for the connection of Smart Objects. The IPSO Alliance provides a foundation for industry growth by fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research, and creating a better understanding of IP and its role in the Internet of Things.
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states and whose retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States. NRECA’s members include consumer-owned local distribution systems — the vast majority — and 66 generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives that supply wholesale power to their distribution cooperative owner-members. Distribution and G&T cooperatives share an obligation to serve their members by providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service.
National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
The National Rural Water Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training, supporting and promoting the water and wastewater professionals that serve small communities across the United States. The mission of NRWA is to strengthen state associations.
North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
Founded in 1993, the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit association focused on advancing the state’s tech industry. NCTA has 750+ member companies, organizations and institutions representing more than 150,000 North Carolina-based employees.
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC)
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating the growth of the Research Triangle Region’s cleantech economy.
The members of SGIP have been given the responsibility to resolve standards coordination issues and gaps that stymie seamless connectivity. By clearing these roadblocks, the SGIP accelerates the digital modernization of the nation’s grid and expands supplier and service provider markets in both the United States and internationally, facilitating standards-based grid modernization. SGIP has signed official agreements with numerous countries to pave the way for innovative product and service introductions worldwide.
Smart Cities Council
The Smart Cities Council is an advisor and market accelerator, promoting the move to smart, sustainable cities. As such, it envisions a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. The Council promotes cities that embody its three core values of livability, workability, and sustainability.
The SWAN Forum, a not-for-profit membership organization, leverages the power of collaboration to identify the tremendous opportunities in the smart water space and jointly overcome the challenges. Through the SWAN Workgroups, members are shaping industry language and thinking going forward and creating practical, actionable tools for the industry.
Utility Communications Architecture International Users Group
The UCA® International Users Group (UCAIUG) is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of utility user and supplier companies that is dedicated to promoting the integration and interoperability of electric/gas/water utility systems through the use of international standards-based technology. It is a User Group for IEC 61850, the Common Information Model – Generic Interface Definition (CIM/GID as per IEC 61970/61968), advanced metering and demand response via OpenDR.
Utility Smart Network Access Port Alliance
The Utility Smart Network Access Port (USNAP) Alliance is an open industry association developing an industry standard for connecting energy aware consumer products with smart meters. Alliance membership is comprised of utilities, manufacturers, consultants and other parties interested in developing or deploying the standard.
Wurldtech Security Inc.
Founded in 2006, Wurldtech provides protection against the persistent and dynamic threat of cyber attack. Wurldtech’s internationally recognized cybersecurity experts work extensively with both manufacturers and operators of critical infrastructure, and protect connected systems ranging from large complex industrial control systems such as oil refineries, to smart meters on your home, to personal medical devices such as insulin pumps. Wurldtech helps its customers around the world assess and mitigate cyber-security vulnerabilities to protect networks of IP-connected devices and reduce the risk and cost of potential attacks.
Established in 2002, the ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that has created a thriving global ecosystem. Membership is comprised of businesses, universities and government agencies from around the globe. Its activities and direction are determined by members as they act to meet evolving needs in a fast-paced world.