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Shaping the energy future with new efficient end-use technologies


Utilization Technology Development, NFP (UTD) is at the forefront of research, development, and deployment for end-use equipment and appliances. As a not-for-profit corporation led by our 20 utility member companies, we represent over 37 million natural gas customer accounts in the Americas. UTD directs and sponsors a wide-ranging program to enhance the use, reliability, and efficiency of appliances and technologies that use natural gas or renewable natural gas to benefit ratepayers, utilities, and the environment.


UTD’s mission is to “Identify, select, fund, and oversee research projects resulting in innovative customer solutions which maximize the environmental performance, affordability, efficiency and safety of equipment and processes that use natural gas and renewable energy resources.”


UTD’s RD&D technology portfolio impacts residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation market segments, and includes gas equipment and appliances, industrial process and combustion systems, distributed generation, combined heat and power (CHP) systems, and natural gas vehicles (NGVs). UTD’s member companies work together in a collaborative manner to control and direct program content, initiatives, individual research projects, and other activities. These solutions more effectively:

  • Save consumers money
  • Save energy
  • Enable safe, reliable, and resilient operation of end user’s equipment and energy delivery systems
  • Achieve superior environmental performance
  • Integrate with renewable energy sources

UTD partners closely with federal, state, and local government research funding agencies, as well as manufacturers, universities, research organizations, and other industry stakeholders to ensure effective program results and leverage member investments with significant additional research funding. With its members and partners, UTD has been shaping the energy future with new efficient end-use technologies since 2004.