As the world's largest technical association, the IEEE is comprised of a variety of groups, active in publications, conferences, and building technical communities. These units involve member outreach at both, the local and global level. Amongst these groups exists the technical Societies which work within specialized fields of interest. Many of these societies are actively engaged in the Smart Grid. Examples of these societies include: the Power and Energy, Communications and Computer societies. The efforts of these societies are on the forefront of technology and Smart Grid development. As such they compose a large percentage of the world wide thought leaders in promoting and developing Smart Grid technologies.
In addition to the societies, there exists a cross societal effort in the IEEE where technology standards are developed and promoted to help in an effort to develop technologies and engineered designs which integrate well with current and future technological frameworks. These IEEE Smart Grid standards groups are vitally important to helping bridge the gap between today’s theoretical technology and tomorrow’s applied and implemented technologies.
IEEE Communications Society
The IEEE Communications Society is a community comprised of a diverse group of industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies. To that end, the Society sponsors publications, conferences, educational programs, local activities, and technical committees that: Foster original work in all aspects of communications science, engineering, and technology.
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
The Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) focuses on environmental, health, and safety implications of technology; engineering ethics and professional responsibility; the history of electrotechnology; technical expertise and public policy; peace technology; as well as on social issues related to energy, information technology and telecommunications.