IEEE Working Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities IEEE


The Working Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities (SESDC) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) aims to raise awareness to the technical community, governments, policymakers, and organizations about access to energy systems, including electricity and the related issues in developing communities around the world.

Respecting social norms, traditions, and cultures, the Working Group collaborates with stakeholders to provide practical recommendations to facilitate environmentally-safe, measurable, and cost-effective sustainable energy system technologies and solutions to enhance economic and social viability, standard of living, and quality of life of people living in developing communities.

Areas of Interest:

  • Off-grid energy project sustainability indicators & frameworks
  • Sustainability/Survivability of projects
  • Successful business models for rural and peri-urban electricity service
  • Rural Electrification
  • Technical Capacity building for sustainable rural electrification
  • Educational needs for NGO-led electrification interventions
  • Electric and non-electric solutions: evaluation of appropriateness for the need;
  • Gender and equality in energy access
  • Productive use of energy
  • Entrepreneurship training for sustainable electrification
  • Community based business models in rural electrification
  • Safe end of life disposal and management of batteries and other local environmental impacts
  • Community awareness and engagement in rural electrification
  • Assessing the viability of mini/micro-grids in developing countries
  • Geo-spatial electricity distribution planning in developing countries
  • Forecasting and planning tools for micro-grids

Learn more about SESDC’s mission: SESDC Position Paper_2.0