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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

IEEE & Smart Grid

What is the Smart Grid?

The "smart grid" has come to describe a next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy.

The societies within IEEE help guide the evolution toward the smart grid, by holding several events, publications and standards within their area of focus. On the IEEE Smart Grid Web portal, all these activities and assets converge into a single place where users can explore and understand all the different and particular aspects of the smart grid, and how they are connected to the overarching smart grid framework.

"In order for the Smart Grid to be successful, there needs to be a set of well-established standards in place that all industries and organizations involved can utilize."

Dr. W. Charlton Adams, Jr., Past President
IEEE Standards Association

The vision of a modernized electrical delivery system—the Smart Grid—promises to revolutionize the production, delivery and use of electricity worldwide. Enormous investments are underway to move nations toward energy independence and environmentally sustainable economic growth.

There's no global organization to oversee all nations' energy systems transformations—it's a vast movement in its infancy. With our 38 societies and seven councils IEEE is positioned to lead the smart grid initiative. Through them and our 395,000 members, who work in the world's academic, government and private sectors, IEEE touches virtually every aspect of the smart grid.

We leverage our strong foundation and inclusive collaboration to evolve standards, share best practices, publish developments and provide related educational offerings to further the smart grid. We are at the forefront of advancing technology and facilitating successful deployments throughout the world. Working hand in hand with other leading organizations to create one set of standards for the smart grid is the way we can ensure success.

IEEE has the expertise to make smart grid a reality

IEEE is one of the very few organizations able to provide industry with a wide diversity of expertise, information, resources and the vision necessary to realize the smart grid’s full potential. Those resources include the IEEE Xplore digital library, which includes journal articles covering the most current research and conference proceedings, including "IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies 2010" and the new "IEEE Smart Grid World Forum."

To date, nearly 2,500 papers focused on smart grid have been published in over 40 IEEE journals. IEEE has nearly 100 standards and standards in development relevant to smart grid, including the over 20 IEEE standards named in the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0. The NIST report describes a high-level reference model for the smart grid, identifies nearly 80 existing standards that can be used now to support its development, and identifies high priority gaps for which new or revised standards are needed.

Standards currently in development include:

  • IEEE P2030 Draft Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), and End-Use Applications and Loads
  • IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Series
  • IEEE SCC21 1547 Standards for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems
  • IEEE Standard 1159 for Monitoring Electric Power Quality
  • IEEE Standard 762: Standard Definitions for Use in Reporting Electric Generating Unit Reliability, Availability, and Productivity
  • IEEE SCC 31 Automatic Meter Reading and Related Services

In addition to vast digital and print resources, IEEE draws from a global community of experts in hundreds of specialties who support the organization’s knowledge societies, technical councils and committees, working and affinity groups and virtual networks. Taken together, these bodies offer industry a deep pool of expertise and guidance in conceptualizing and developing new products for the market.

There is no doubt that the smart grid is coming, and that it will emerge to be the bedrock of the nation’s economy for the foreseeable future. In the U.S., that initiative is being funded now by the government and the utilities industry. Firms that seek to develop smart grid products for the market will require this funding, as well as expertise in standards for interoperability and design.

If your firm wants to be a part of building a greener, more resilient, and more cost-effective electrical infrastructure, IEEE should be your partner.

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