IEEE-USA created the Energy Policy Committee (EPC) to assist in the resolution of energy problems in the United States through the provision of rational, sound, technical, and professional counsel based upon the best resources available from the IEEE. A major portion of EPC’s efforts are directed towards energy-related activities of the legislative and executive branches at all levels of the U.S. government.
The EPC may address all aspects of the U.S., regional, state or local energy situation where the engineering knowledge and skills of IEEE members can make a constructive contribution. The committee may provide a vehicle for presenting the sound technical views of the IEEE to the public and appropriate elements of government. EPC will prepare and present positions in accordance with IEEE-USA procedures on any aspect of governmental energy policy within the technical and professional competence of IEEE. The committee works to provide balanced, technically sound information on energy related matters to U.S. IEEE members.
Priority Issues & Activities
IEEE-USA will support proactive energy policies designed to serve energy users’ needs in an economically and environmentally sound manner, while protecting American national security. Priorities include:
- modernizing the electrical energy infrastructure by transforming the network into an intelligent grid and strengthening the transmission and distribution systems as needed to improve security, maintain reliability, and optimize the benefits of renewable energy sources;
- preparing an engineering and skilled trade workforce that has the necessary knowledge and skills to design, plan, construct, operate, and maintain modern energy delivery systems;
- diversifying energy sources in the transportation sector to increase the security of our transportation system, improve its energy efficiency, and reduce emissions;
- promoting security as part of the critical infrastructure and intelligent grid design through implementation of technologies that are tamper-resistant and resilient to direct physical- or cyber-attacks; and
- reducing institutional barriers to engineering solutions that involve technologies required to operate across jurisdictional and information architectural boundaries.
Statements marked with an asterisk (*) are currently under review with updates expected in 2023.