Committees of the Technical Council
There is a PES technical committee for most aspects of the electric power industry. These committee play an integral role in the development of IEEE Standards and have a major impact within the industry. The PES Committee structure was reorganized in 2016 - you can view information regarding this change by reviewing the PES Technical Committee Reorganization summary page.
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Technical Committees & Subcommittees
1. Analytic Methods for Power Systems (AMPS)
Investigate modeling, analysis and solution methodologies, computational tools and techniques, and the effective application of computing and intelligent systems to the various operational, planning, economic, risk, and uncertainty assessment, management and decision making problems in bulk power and distribution systems. Initiate and coordinate studies, symposia, panel discussions and tutorials related to the subjects of this area. Coordinate activities, where possible, with other groups on analytical models which are used in the study of system dynamic performance, system planning, system operations and distribution system analysis. activities.
- Big Data Analytics Subcommittee (BDAS)
- Computing and Analytical Methods Subcommittee (CAMS)
- Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee (DSAS)
- Intelligent Systems Applications Subcommittee (ISS)
- Reliability, Risk and Probability Applications Subcommittee (RRPAS)
- Transient Analysis and Simulation Subcommittee (TASS)
2. Electric Machinery (EMC)
The Electric Machinery Committee is concerned with all matters related to the requirements, research, development, application, design, construction, operation, or supervision of electrical machinery associated with generation of electric energy; its conversion into other forms of electric energy or mechanical energy. The scope includes treatment of the following:
- Synchronous machines
- Induction machines
- DC and Permanent Magnet machines
- Motor generator sets
- Rotating frequency changers
- Electric couplings, brakes and dynamometers
- Magneto-hydrodynamic energy conversion ducts
- Insulation, magnetic, conductor, and super conductor materials as used in electrical machinery
- Linear Electric Machinery
- Power Electronic controls for electric machinery
- Effects of power electronic controls on electric machine components.
- Generator Subcommittee
- Motors Subcommittee
- Materials Subcommittee
3. Energy Development & Power Generation (EDPG)
EDPG Scope: The Energy Development and Power Generation Committee operates within the IEEE Power and Energy Society to develop standards, guides, and technical presentations related to the research and development, application, design, construction, and operation of systems and facilities for the production of electric power.
The ED&PG Committee purpose is to technically promote:
- Treatment of matters related to the research, development, application, design, construction, and operation of systems and facilities for the conversion of energy sources (that are not specifically assigned to other technical committees), such as hydro, fossil, solar, wind, chemical, nuclear (jointly with Nuclear Power Engineering Committee, where appropriate), and others into electrical energy.
- Treatment of matters relating to assessment of energy conversion systems and facilities. This includes, but need not be limited to, matters relating to environment, conservation, regulation, economics, safety, and security.
- Sponsorship and development (either alone or jointly with other technical committees and/or organizations) of standards, recommended practices, guidelines, and policies as well as preparation of position papers and/or documents, technical conferences and/or sessions on matters related to energy conversion systems and facilities.
- Liaison and cooperation with other technical committees, societies, groups, and associations concerned with various aspects of new energy conversion technologies.
- Technologies for GHG Mitigation & Adaptation Subcommittee
- Distributed Energy Resources Subcommittee
- Excitation Systems and Controls Subcommittee
- Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee
- International Practices Subcommittee
- Renewable Technologies Subcommittee
- Wind and Solar Power Plant Interconnection and Design Subcommittee
- Station Design, Operations and Control Subcommittee
4. Energy Storage & Stationary Battery (ESSB)
The Scope of the ESSB is four-fold in purpose: 1. To develop and publish standards that define recommended industry practices for the health, safety, testing, performance and maintenance of the integrated parts of energy storage and stationary batteries, including DC systems and ancillary devices integral to these systems in both static and renewable states. 2. To conduct and/or sponsor technical sessions and webinars; publish articles, papers and technical reports; and participate in forums and conferences to inform the industry of milestone progress as the electrical-energy-storage industry evolves. 3. To aggressively engage participants involved in the various technologies of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) to join the ESSB Committee, its subcommittees and working groups to accomplish the development of standards, guides, best practices and technical reports. 4. To liaise and cooperate with other technical committees, societies, groups and associations concerned with various aspects of energy storage, stationary batteries and associated systems, both in the development of standards, best practices and guidelines as well as the presentation and publication of technical information relating to these endeavors. Subcommittees may develop their own scope as long as they are synergistic with the Committee Scope. These scopes will be reviewed at least bi-annually by the subcommittee chairs and any proposed changes are to be submitted in writing at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the ESSB Administrative Subcommittee (ESSB AdCom) meeting (normally held in conjunction with the ESSB General Meetings).
- Stationary Battery & Electrochemical Energy Storage Subcommittee
- DC Power Equipment and Related Systems Subcommittee
5. Insulated Conductors (ICC)
The ICC, one of the committees of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, is focused on developing and servicing IEEE technical guides, recommended practices and standards for the design, manufacturer, testing, operation and maintenance of insulated cables including high voltage transmission and distribution cables usually associated with utility power systems, commercial and industrial wire, and their related accessories and subsystems. We hold meetings twice a year at locations throughout North America where we develop and service the standards as well as hold informative technical sessions that include presentations by industry experts.
- Cable Construction and Design Subcommittee
- Accessories Subcommittee
- Cable Systems Subcommittee
- Generating Station and Industrial Cables Subcommittee
- Field Testing and Diagnostics Subcommittee
- Transnational Subcommittee
6. Nuclear Power Engineering (NPEC)
Treatment of matters relating to the electrical aspects of nuclear engineering including the advancement of standards, research, development, and the advancement of nuclear engineering with students and educational institutions.
Included in the treatment of standards is the sponsorship and development of basic criteria for integrated nuclear systems and the coordination of: (1) the approvals, (2) scopes, and (3) development of system and equipment standards.
Matters relating to the development of standards for individual equipment or system designs applied to nuclear technology may be covered jointly with certain other technical committees such as Switchgear, Energy Development and Power Generation, etc., or may be generated exclusively by the technical committee.
Maintain close liaison with other technical societies, groups, agencies and associations concerned with nuclear technology and utilize their services when deemed appropriate. Included in these liaison activities is the prominent lead responsibility for (1) the development of Power Engineering Society responses to requests for comments on Governmental Regulatory Guides and other nuclear technology documents and (2) the coordination of matters relating to reliability, human factors, accreditation and similar subjects for nuclear facilities.
- Qualification Subcommittee
- Operations, Maintenance, Aging, Testing & Reliability Subcommittee
- Auxilary Power Subcommittee
- Human Factors & Control Facilities Subcommittee
- Safety Related Systems Subcommittee
The treatment of all matters in which the dominant factor is the electrical, wireless, and optical means for the transfer of information associated with the power system domain (i.e., control and monitoring of generation, transmission, and distribution of power), including the investigation, education, and standards development activities related to the following:
- Integrated communications.
- Communication protocol message size, structure, performance requirements and their testing.
- Electrical protection of communication circuits and equipment including personnel safety.
- Design, construction, application, testing and coordination of communication equipment supporting power system functions (e.g., load control, pilot relaying, transfer trip, supervisory control, telemetering, voice communications, and other data communications) through various technologies (e.g., audio tones, power-line carrier, microwave radio, satellites, broadband power-line carrier, and multiplexed networks) for both analog and digital modulations.
- Systems for the management of the associated communications and cybersecurity infrastructures.
- Personnel and equipment safety as it pertains to communication facilities. For example, practices and standards for high-voltage protection of wired (e.g., copper, optical fiber) communication equipment serving power system facilities is within the scope of this Committee.
- Sponsorship and development (either alone or jointly with other Technical Committees and/or organizations) of standards, recommended practices, guides, technical reports, position papers, technical conferences, and sessions on matters related to items herein.
Limitations: The scope of the Committee as described above excludes the definition and identification of technical and business requirements for communication, cybersecurity, time synchronization, and jitter necessary to support the applications and systems which require communication and cybersecurity services. Such requirements are specified by the domain experts residing in other groups. The PSCC committee’s activities are focused on the fulfillment of these requirements.
- Optic Fiber Subcommittee
- Wire Line Subcommittee
- Wireless Subcommittee
- Broadband PLC Subcommittee
- Cybersecurity Subcommittee
- Power Line Carrier Subcommittee
- Protocols & Architecture Subcommittee
8. Power System Dynamic Performance (PSDP)
Investigate various aspects of the dynamic performance of power systems at the level of a given machine, a company or area, or for the entire interconnected power system. This includes all aspects of power system stability, voltage and frequency regulation, and power system control that relate both to the assessment and enhancement of power system dynamic performance. This also includes control theory, modelling and computer simulation techniques that relate to the assessment and enhancement of power system dynamic performance. The committee is composed of numerous working groups (WGs) and task forces (TFs) that span its area of activity. These WGs and TFs report to two subcommittees under the committee: the Power System Stability Subcommittee and the Power System Stability Controls Subcommittee. The committee thus initiates and coordinates WGs, TFs, symposia, panel session and tutorials related to power system dynamic performance. The committee also cooperates with other interested groups in the development of standards that affect system dynamic performance, and where possible, with other groups on analytical models which affect system dynamic performance.
- Power System Stability Subcommittee
- Power System Stability Controls Subcommittee
I. Treatment of all matters in which the dominant factor is the manual or automatic instrumentation and measurement of the electrical parameters of equipment and systems for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power. As well as the measurement of current, voltage, power and power factor for various applications, the following are included in the Committee’s purview:
- Digital Techniques in Electrical Measurements
- Electricity Metering
- Power Quality
- High Voltage Testing Techniques
- RLC Measurements
II. Sponsorship and development (either alone or jointly with other technical committees and/or organizations) of standards, recommended practices, guidelines and policies as well as preparation of position papers and/or documents, technical conferences and/or sessions on matters related to items above.
III. Liaison and cooperation with other technical committees, societies, groups and associations concerned with various aspects of items above.
- Digitial Techniques and Electrical Measurements Subcommittee
- Electricity Metering Subcommittee
- High Voltage Testing Techniques Subcommittee
- RLC Measurements Subcommittee
- Standards Subcommittee
- Sensor Subcommittee
10. Power System Operation, Planning & Economics (PSOPE)
This committee covers the philosophies, methodologies, practices and tools for operation, planning and economics of interconnected and insular power systems, involving the following topics: covering long term power system planning, operations planning and real-time operations time horizons operating under normal, emergency, and restorative power system conditions ensuring adequacy of energy and demand-side resources, whether or not dispatchable, to meet active and reactive power and reserve requirements planning for and operating transmission and distribution systems to ensure safe, environmentally sustainable, reliable, and economic delivery of power and energy to load delivery points integrating renewable resources, distributed energy resources, microgrids, demand response resources, energy storage resources into power system planning and operations designing and operating markets for electricity and ancillary services, including regulatory issues and interfaces between electricity and other commodities (such as fuels) addressing the economic issues behind the functioning of the planning and operational aspects of the power industry training and workforce support for power system operations personnel identifying needs and requirements for improved philosophies, methodologies, technologies and tools for power system planning, operations and markets.
- Bulk Power System Operation Subcommittee
- Bulk Power System Planning Subcommittee
- Distribution System Planning and Operations Subcommittee
- Power System Economics Subcommittee
- Technologies and Innovations Subcommittee
Power System Operations
Power System Planning & Implementation
Power System Operations
Power System Planning & Implementation
11. Power System Relaying and Control (PSRC)
Treatment of all matters in which the dominant factors are the principles, application, design, construction, testing, and operation of power system protection and control. Protection and control systems include one or more of the following functions: sensing, data acquisition and processing, fault detection, manual or automatic control, and auxiliary operation. The scope includes liaison and cooperation with other technical committees, societies, groups and associations concerned with various aspects of items herein.
- System Protection Subcommittee
- Line Protection Subcommittee
- Relaying Communications Subcommittee
- Relaying Practices Subcommittee
- Rotating Machinery Subcommittee
- Substation Protection Subcommittee
12. Smart Buildings, Loads and Customer Systems (SBLCS)
The scope of the Committee refers to the treatment of all matters in which the dominant factors are the application, design, deployment and operation of consumer and prosumer energy services behind the meter, and the technology and standards to support the functions of these consumer and prosumer interests, including processes and business models that expand and clarify the relationship between the grid and energy resources and services behind the meter. The perspective of the scope of the Committee is detailed as four-fold:
- treatment of techniques and requirements for interfaces between consumer-side and grid planning, dispatch operations and transactive systems, and
- treatment of the onsite power and energy aspect itself, in terms of functions and performance management, and
- treatment of the methods and communication integration with utility and other energy service provider business systems to support these customer-side resources and services, and
- maintenance of liaison and collaboration as required with other committees of the Power & Energy Society and associated Groups and Societies of the IEEE.
- Architecture Subcommittee
- Customer Systems & Smart Buildings Subcommittee
- Loads Subcommittee
The Substations Committee is one of the Technical Committees under the direction of the IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Council. We are the professional home for engineers involved in the design and operation of generation, transmission and distribution substations. Committee activities include the development of industry standards and guides, technical papers and presentations, panel discussions, round table discussions and participation in the annual IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. The Substations Committee convenes annually during the spring in a North American city that is normally sponsored by the respective regional power utility.
The Substations Committee is continually open to new members from all countries who may be interested, where participation provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge and expertise through the exchange of views, information and practices with fellow engineers both nationwide and internationally. Those who do serve are truly rewarded by the enrichment they receive towards their professional background.
- T&D Substation Physical/Electrical Design Subcommittee
- T&D Substation Physical/Civil Design Subcommittee
- Substation Grounding and Lightning Subcommittee
- FACTS & HVDC Stations Subcommittee
- Gas Insulations Substations Subcommittee
14. Surge Protective Devices (SPDC)
Treatment of all matters in which the dominant factors are the design, construction, testing, preparation of IEEE standards, recommended practices, guides and conformity assessment procedures, selection, application and integration of protective devices with auxiliary systems and equipment (such as shield wires, lightning masts, etc.) designed to prevent damage and/or outages to electrical power generation, transmission, distribution, utilization and communication systems, and associated equipment due to overvoltages or overcurrents or both created by external or internal electrical surge events (such as lightning, utility switching or internal system or equipment operation). Included is treatment of the following: Overvoltage surge protective devices (such as surge arresters, surge protective devices, protective gaps, and surge protective capacitors). Neutral grounding devices (such as grounding reactors and grounding transformers - jointly with the Transformer Committee - resistors and combinations thereof). Lightning and switching surge investigations jointly with the Transmission and Distribution Committee. Promotion of studies, technical papers, and discussions on performance of devices, seeking new contributions on improved recommended practices, updating bibliographies, standards and guides. Matters relating to surge protective devices specifically designed for application covered by other technical committees of IEEE (such as Power System Communication Committee) or societies (such as Industry Applications Society and Communications Society), may be treated jointly if emphasis is on the particular requirements of the application. SPDs employed in generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electrical energy including the effects of such devices on the system’s operation. SPDs employed in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems and circuits
- High Voltage Surge Protective Devices Subcommittee
- Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices Subcommittee
- Web & Electronic Documentation Subcommittee
The scope of the Committee describes the technical responsibilities of the Main Committee and of its Subcommittees. Subcommittees, in addition to their technical responsibilities, have direct responsibility for remaining cognizant of social implications, the environment, esthetics, increased employment, and other matters as related to the practice of electrical engineering. Treatment of matters in which the dominant factors are the design, construction and operation of devices or assembled gear to establish (make), interrupt, or change connections in any electric circuit under normal or abnormal condition, including treatment of the following: * Automatic reclosers and sectionalizers * Current limiting devices * Fuses and cutouts * Gas-insulated switchgear * Insulation, insulators and hardware for switchgear * Metal-enclosed buses and all buses included in switchgear assemblies * Power circuit breakers, * Switches, including pad-mounted switches * Switchgear assemblies * Switchgear devices Sponsorship and development (either alone or jointly with other technical committees and/or organizations) of standards, recommended practices, guidelines and policies as well as preparation of position papers and/or documents, technical conferences and/or sessions on matters related to items within the Scope above. Liaison and cooperation with other technical committees, societies, groups and associations concerned with various aspects of items within the Scope above. The Main Committee and Subcommittees, in addition to their technical responsibilities, have a responsibility to remain aware of societal and environmental implications of the practice of electrical engineering.
- Administrative Subcommittee
- Education Recogntion & Publication Subcommittee
- High Voltage Circuit Breakers Subcommittee
- High Voltage Fuses (HVF) Subcommittee
- High Voltage Switches Subcommittee
- Low Votage Switchgear Devices Subcommittee
- Reclosers and Other Distribution Equipment Subcommittee
- Switchgear Assemblies Subcommittee
Treatment of all matters in which the dominant factors are the application, design, construction, testing and operation of transformers, reactors and other similar equipment. Included is treatment of the following:
- Transmission and Distribution Transformers
- Voltage Regulators(step and induction regulators)
- Reactors and Grounding Transformers
- HVDC Converter Transformers and Smoothing Reactors
- Power Semiconductor Rectifier Transformers
- Instrument Transformers (voltage and current transformers)
- Insulation and Dielectric Issues Relating to Transformers
- Outdoor Apparatus Bushings
- Insulating Fluids
- Subsurface Transformers and Network Protectors
- Phase Angle Regulating Transformers Committee activities include sponsorship and development (either alone or jointly with other technical committees and/or organizations) of standards, recommended practices, guidelines and policies as well as preparation of position papers and/or documents, technical conferences and/or sessions on matters related to items above. Liaison and cooperation with other technical committees, societies, groups and associations concerned with various aspects of items above are also included in the Committee Scope.
- Administrative Subcommittee
- Bushing Subcommittee
- Dielectric Tests Subcommittee
- Distribution Transformers Subcommittee
- Dry-Type Transformers Subcommittee
- HVDC Converters Transformers and Smoothing Reactors Subcommittee
- Insulation Life Subcommittee
- Performance Characteristics Subcommittee
- Standards Subcommittee
- UG Transformers and Network Protectors Subcommittee
17. Transmission & Distribution (T&D)
The Transmission & Distribution Committee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society focuses on all matters related to the design, theoretical and experimental performance, installation, and service operation of parts of electric power systems that serve to transmit electric energy between the generating sources and substations or customer points of common coupling through AC or DC lines. To join the IEEE and the PES, click here. The scope of its subcommittee analysis and treatment of the following areas are included: Overhead and underground AC and DC transmission and distribution systems Flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) Overhead conductors Environmental impact of transmission lines Lightning phenomena Secondary network systems Insulated line conductors Structural coordination and mechanical problems of transmission lines Switching surges and overvoltage phenomena Insulation coordination (jointly with other Committees) Inductive coordination Corona, electric fields, and magnetic fields Towers, poles, insulators, and hardware Shunt and series capacitors Engineering in the safety, maintenance, and operation of lines Harmonics and power quality Distributed resources and distributed generation Superconductivity analysis and devices Integration of renewable energy sources into T&D systems Security in T&D.
- Capacitor Subcommittee
- Distribution Subcommittee
- Engineering in the Safety, Maintenance and Operation of Lines (ESMOL) Subcommittee
- HVDC & FACTS Subcommittee
- Overhead Lines Subcommittee
- Power Quality Subcommittee
- General Systems Subcommittee
- Intergration of Renewable Energy into the Transmission & Distribution Grids Subcommittee
1. Energy Internet Coordinating Committee (EICC)
The EICC serves as a focal point within the Power and Energy Society (PES) for the identification of challenges associated with Energy Internet (EI).EI is a deep combination of energy system and the Internet, including (1) Internet thinking reshaping the energy networks, based on synergy of multi-energy systems, including heating, cooling, gas, transportation as well as electricity; Energy routers, energy Hubs, multi-energy storages and plug-and-play techniques could be utilized to build an Internet-like energy grid; (2) New Internet and IT techniques applications, such as new generation communication technologies, ubiquitous decentralized control units, Internet of Things, Blockchain, and new computing architecture coordinating between the cloud and the edge device (3) New energy policies and energy market based on sharing economy, e.g. energy P2P trading.
The EICC also serves as the point of coordination for other organizations dealing with similar challenges (such as AWEA, CIGRE, DOE, ESIG, FERC, NERC, NREL, IEC, SEIA, UN SDSN) and establishes liaisons to coordinate and help identify the appropriate technical resources within the PES and other IEEE societies to address the issues. The EICC seeks opportunities to conduct jointly sponsored activities to promote the sharing of knowledge and experience among diverse organizations working on similar issues through the conduct of studies, symposia, workshops, panel discussions, and tutorials.
The EICC identifies the need for guides, recommended practices, and standards with respect to EI. The EICC implements required actions through cooperation with an appropriate technical committee. The EICC does not develop standards.
2. Intelligent Grid & Emerging Technologies (iGET)
The Marine Systems Coordinating Committee (MSCC) is now seeking interested volunteers. The MSCC provides a forum for the leaders of market power and energy groups within PES along with other industry groups and government agencies to plan new activities and share progress of ongoing activities. Areas of coordination include: - Ships, vessels and marine platforms - Marine wind, wave and tidal systems - Marine transmission and distribution - Marine grounding and safety - Related environmental impact.
4. Renewable Systems Integration (RSICC)
Renewable Systems Integration Coordinating Committee (RSICC) (previously the "Wind & Solar Power Coordinating Committee" (WSPCC)) underwent a name and scope change in March 2020. The RSICC serves as a focal point within the Power & Energy Society (PES) for the identification of challenges associated with the integration of renewable energy resources (such as wind, solar, hydro, and bioenergy,) related energy carriers (such as storage, fuels, and heat) and related electrification applications (transportation, buildings and industry.)
- Organization & Procedures
- Standards Coordination
- Technical Sessions
- Entity Proposal Management (EPM)