International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2009 Number 14

IEC Smart Grid portal

The one-stop resource to start tackle the Global Energy Efficiency Challenge


Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-08-05 To satisfy global energy needs and protect our planet, we must become increasingly efficient in how we produce, distribute and use energy. The aim of Smart Grids is to optimize energy distribution and use, as well as integrate electricity from small and big producers and from renewable sources. To do so, Smart Grid projects depend on protocols and standards that ensure seamless interoperability of existing and new devices and systems.


Smart Grid portal

With the launch of its web portal “IEC Global Standards for Smart Grid”, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) provides the basis for building safe and efficient Smart Grid projects. This unique, one-stop access point for anyone involved in Smart Grid projects provides a comprehensive catalogue of well focused standards.


The IEC is the world leading international electrical standards development organization. Together with leading experts on Smart Grid technology, it has developed a framework for standardization that will help many countries to take the first step towards addressing their Energy Efficiency Challenge.


Says Richard Schomberg, Vice President Research, EDF, Chairman of the IEC Strategic Group in charge of Smart Grids, “There is now an urgent need to demonstrate how the electrical industry will be able to rely on the IEC as a 'beacon' in terms of smart grids, and to start providing a one-stop shop for the large number of smart grid projects that are being launched around the world.”


The dedicated web zone, which is bound to expand as projects evolve, provides a single database of standards for anybody involved in Smart Grid projects. It clearly demonstrates the purpose of Smart Grid Standards in facing technical and interoperability challenges.


The site also provides a definition of the Smart Grid concept, a section regarding regional differences, context and needs and is a good starting point for anyone wishing to understand what a Smart Grid is all about.


IEC Contact

Gabriela Ehrlich
Head of Communications
Tel: +41 22 919 02 78
Email: Gabriela Ehrlich


IEC Contact

Peter Lanctot
Secretary Strategic Group on Smart Grid
Tel:+1 508 755 5663
Email: Peter Lanctot