Many professional organizations are involved in the functioning of the electric
power industry.

“The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) is a nonprofit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries.

Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology, and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace, and consumer electronics, among others. The IEEE is made up of:

• 10 regions;
• 37 societies;
• 4 councils;
• Approximately 1,200 individual and joint society chapters;
• 300 sections; and
• 1,000 student branches are located at colleges and universities worldwide.”

The Power Engineering Society is one of the 37 societies in the IEEE and has 25,000 members.
“Through its technical publishing, conferences, and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE:

• Produces 30 percent of the world’s published literature in electrical engineering, computers, and control technology;
• Holds annually more than 300 major conferences; and
• Has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development.”

“Policy matters related to IEEE Standards are the purview of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), which establishes and dictates rules for preparation and approval . . .

Overwhelmingly, it is the Computer Society and the Power Engineering Society that dominate in this regard, for instance, about 40% of all IEEE Standards are . . . within the PES.”

Another important organization is the International Council on Large High Voltage Electric Systems (CIGRE). CIGRE is an international organization through which ideas can be exchanged with people from various countries through meetings, committee activities, and its publications.

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