Membership

WIRES’ Full Supporting Members include some of North America’s largest and most innovative transmission providers. They joined WIRES because it is the only trade organization devoted solely to transmission and provides unmatched focus and expertise.

We help our members navigate the complex policy and regulatory landscape and actively support their priorities through strategic policy, legislative, and regulatory initiatives. Additionally, WIRES supports and promotes critical, ground-breaking industry research. WIRES also provides members with the opportunity to network with the best professionals in the industry and participate in meetings with key government policymakers.

In addition to transmission providers, our membership also includes transmission customers, regional grid managers, and equipment and service providers.

WIRES has two membership categories – Full Supporting Member and Associate Member.

“WIRES affords its members the opportunity to hear fresh perspectives, gain audience with regulators and a have a forum to learn about new technologies. WIRES members are generally like-minded and willing to discuss industry challenges to have a unified voice on policy positions.”

David Weaver, VP of Transmission Strategy, Exelon

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Membership Benefits

Full Supporting Member

Associate Member

Voting role that determines WIRES’ strategic direction, policies, and legal positions.

Participate in critical meetings and briefings with key government policymakers.

Support political and regulatory action that advances the business.

Support objective studies and forums on transmission issues.

Lead WIRES as an at-large director or officer.

Raise the visibility of electric transmission as a distinct business with a key role in economic development and with its own important economic and political needs.

Work with other companies and industry sectors to identify the future need for electric transmission and the best practices governing development.

Obtain a dedicated Washington, D.C. presence that promotes the interests of transmission infrastructure investment.

Work with a range of executives and policymakers from transmission companies, customers, financial supporters, and vendors to advance the business objectives sector.

Share perspectives with pro-transmission participants on how to promote uniformity and certainty in regulation and how to accommodate regional differences in industry structure and regulation.

Receive timely data and information about regulatory, legal and industry developments, financial conditions, legislature proposals, and public perceptions.

Full Supporting Member (FSM)

Full Supporting Members are transmission owning companies, public utilities, transmission technology companies, electric generator or generator technology companies, transmission investors, industrial, commercial, and other users of transmission, public power and electric cooperative entities, investors in transmission, and related business or trade associations.

Any company (or Associate Member) is entitled to petition for voting membership, including technology, service, or engineering companies, electric generators, transmission investors, industrial, commercial, and other users of transmission, public power and electric cooperative entities, grid operators, and related business associations. (Transmission-owning companies, whether investor-, member-, or publicly-owned, must be FSMs.)

Associate Member

Any non-transmission provider may petition to be an Associate Member, including consultants, construction companies, engineering or technology firms, any environmental organization or firm, generation and transmission co-ops, RTO/ISOs, high-tech firms, manufacturing firms, trade groups, or electric transportation developers or manufacturers.

If you are interested in learning more about WIRES membership please contact us.

“As transmission professionals we have a broader obligation to work collectively at the federal level. WIRES is the premier trade group for our industry and helps educate policy makers about the value of and need for transmission infrastructure.”

Priti Patel, Chief Transmission Officer, VP of Transmission, Great River Energy

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