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.


Smart Grid Resources

Electricity Grid Challenges and Supply Security (24 April 2015) - Co-sponsored by the NJ Coast Section PES Chapter PE31 and by the Princeton / Central Jersey Section PES Chapter PE31

Grid Security and Advancement in Smart Grid Technology (15 May 2015) - A Congressional Luncheon Briefing for the Research and Development Caucus hosted by ASME and IEEE-USA.

IEEE Launches Smart Grid Portal: On Jan. 19, IEEE launched the its Smart Grid Web Portal, an integrated gateway to Smart Grid intelligence, education and news designed for manufacturers, policymakers, educators, academics, governments, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and other stakeholders in the power and energy, information technology (IT), and communications industries.    more

NIST Smart Grid Twiki: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.  NIST has developed an open collaboration site for the Smart Grid (SG) community to work with NIST in developing this framework.    more

Video: A Smart Grid for Intelligent Energy Use
Our future is in the smart grid that will enable consumers to save money by controlling their use of energy. The IEEE-USA and IEEE Power Engineering society developed this 8-minute video, "A Smart Grid for Intelligent Energy Use," that explains the smart grid and its importance for reducing our carbon footprint.

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Chair: Denis J. King

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The Energy Policy Committee (EPC) invites U.S. IEEE members who have an interest in energy policy coupled with expertise in energy issues and who are willing to be active contributors to the committee's activities to join the committee as a corresponding member. As a corresponding member, you will be invited to comment on draft position statements and testimonies, as well as participate in the business of the committee. To become a corresponding member, please contact Aline McNaull at a.mcnaull@ieee.org.