Future-proof utilities

IEC work helps electricity suppliers build smarter, more reliable electricity grids

Managing tomorrow's demands

Almost half of all IEC technical committees (TCs) prepare work used in power generation and distribution.
With increased electricity demand, and the need to integrate renewable energies and bi-directional small local energy generation, utilities have to meet new challenges.

They include:

  • the gradual integration of smart technologies, such as grid automation, smart meters, improved cybersecurity systems, asset management, etc.
  • the need to prepare and mitigate grid disruptions due to natural and manmade disasters.
  • aging equipment.

IEC Standards provide clear guidance for systems engineering, erection of electric power installations, safety aspects of power generation,  transmission and distribution, life-cycle and recyclability aspects, etc. 

Such standards and specifications also serve as the basis for testing and certification of components, devices and systems. The IEC CA Systems verify whether a product or device respects the requirements in IEC Standards. Together they pave the way for utilities to stay future-proof.


Future-proof utilities

This brochure highlights some of the key challenges utilities face and how IEC Standards and especially active participation in IEC work benefits any utility.

The IEC’s role from 2010 to 2030

Energy consumption will double between now and 2030, electricity demand will triple by 2050. Today, large amounts of energy are wasted.

Renewable energies

The proportion of renewable energies is likely to increase in all major electricity markets. Their large scale incorporation into existing electricity grids will be complex, and their successful integration will likely depend on large-capacity electrical energy storage.
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IEC is paving the way for these new technologies by developing and publishing a wide number of standards.

Electricity generating capacity is expanding to meet growing worldwide demand.

Renewable energies represent a fast-growing percentage of electricity generation.

Nuclear power plants (NPPs) produce an important proportion of the world's electricity. 

Storing energy is becoming ever more important as our demand for electricity increases.

IEC is forging a path for this global transformation with the required international standards.

Distributed energy resources are a way of increasing energy efficiency and improving grid resilience.

Getting clean and modern electricity to those who need it the most with the help of the IEC.

One of the most important ways of helping us to save energy is by implementing energy efficiency measures.

Renewable energy generates direct current and we use direct current in our homes to power many of our devices, from LED lights to mobile phones.

IEC publications help them to meet the various technical challenges they unavoidably face moving forward.