Technical collaboration is a spirit that drives many of us in our careers. I am excited that the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) is a hub for a very diverse (yet detailed, focused and specialized) range of collaboration activities. Formally and informally, industry professionals work together to develop standards, guides, technical reports, tutorials and technology review papers that advance our industry as a whole. This extremely relevant work, truly shaping the power system’s future, is taking part in the 20 technical and coordinating committees that make up the PES Technical Council:
- Analytic Methods for Power Systems Committee
- Electric Machinery Committee
- Energy Development and Power Generation Committee
- Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee
- Insulated Conductors Committee
- Nuclear Power Engineering Committee
- Power System Communications and Cybersecurity Committee
- Power System Dynamic Performance Committee
- Power System Instrumentation and Measurements Committee
- Power System Operations, Planning and Economics Committee
- Power System Relaying and Control Committee
- Smart Buildings, Loads and Customer Systems
- Substations Committee
- Surge Protective Devices Committee
- Switchgear Committee
- Transformers Committee
- Transmission and Distribution Committee
- Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technologies Coordinating Committee
- Marine Systems Coordinating Committee
- Wind and Solar Power Coordinating Committee
Within these groups, many subcommittees and working groups explore specific topics, prepare technical reports and develop standards. Did you know that the IEEE has over 1,250 active standards, and that the PES authors contributed to about half of those standards? Open and consensus-based, the PES standards development process is managed by the IEEE Standards Association with contributions from volunteer technical experts (from PES Technical Committees) who draw on their depth of knowledge in the field. Have a look at the range of technical reports, webinars and tutorials all available online at the PES Resource Center.
Technical committee experts also contribute to education, publications, conferences and chapter events, including peer review of papers for the annual PES General Meeting as well as the biennial IEEE PES T&D Conference. They teach tutorials at conferences, lectures at chapter meetings, and presentations at PES industry workshops.
Technical committee volunteers also support the IEEE PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee with timely technical response to industry demands for unbiased technical information. For example, experts from two PES technical committees developed IEEE PES Technical Report TR-68 to support a request from NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation). Developed under the IEEE-NERC MOU signed in October 2016, that report called “Impact of Inverter Based Generation on Bulk Power System Dynamics and Short-Circuit Performance,” is now one of the most popular technical reports on the PES Resource Center (and free for PES members).
Speaking as a volunteer, my work with PES technical committees and working groups has beeninvaluable, both professionally and personally. I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside experts who are in the forefront of my industry today–learning from (and with) them, developing leadership skills, mentoring and being mentored, and together confronting some of our industry’s most interesting challenges. In addition, I have made lasting friendships that form an extended family type community with individuals I have worked alongside for dozens of years. I encourage you to invest some time to get involved. It feels amazing to have contributed to a technical report that advances the industry, or to be involved in development of a standard that gets published. Check out technical committee websites, reach out to working group or committee chairs and attend some meetings, in person if possible, as with many things, you will get out what you put in.
As for engineers facing geographical/cost barriers, in recent years PES has actively expanded its remote participation in technical activities.By their nature, PES technical committees are global, organized by technical areas of expertise, not regions. Teleconferencing and web meeting tools have made working group and committee meetings more accessible to all.
It’s an exciting time to be in the power and energy industry… be a part of building its future via PES technical activities!
IEEE PES VP Technical Activities