Our History

The Association was formed in Houston in 1983 as the Gulf Coast Cogeneration Association, by a handful of individuals from development companies and suppliers of goods and services involved in the new industry spawned by passage of the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA). Since then, Association membership has increased steadily, both in numbers and in the diversity of industry segments represented, until now with 120+ corporate members and 300+ individual members, it embraces virtually every aspect of the electric power industry.

In 1994, the Board recognized that its members' interests had broadened beyond cogeneration, to include power production, delivery and marketing of competitive electric energy supplies worldwide using a variety of energy sources. The name of the Association was changed officially in 1995 to the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA). 

For a complete history of GCPA, click here to view GCPA History - The First 30 Years.

Membership Has Its Advantages

Membership Has Its Advantages!

GCPA Members are part of a nationally-recognized trade organization promoting competitive power production and delivery for all.

Broaden your knowledge of the industry, network with peers through our sponsored events and receive discounts on conferences and luncheons!

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