IEEE societies are playing an important role in developing smart-grid technologies. Here's what some are doing:
IEEE Power & Energy Society
The society has taken the lead in coordinating IEEE's smart-grid activities. Its members are involved with developing, building, installing, and operating whatever is needed for electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and control. PES's projects include providing content to the IEEE Smart Grid Portal, which deals with IEEE's involvement in developing the grid; articles on smart-grid research in its IEEE Power & Energy Magazine; numerous conferences that present information about the grid; and education outreach programs for bringing more students into power engineering.
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
Remote sensing involves several applications related to the smart grid, including forecasting wind and solar fluctuations that can affect the grid, as well as monitoring the long-term impact of renewable energy systems on the environment. The society publishes research articles in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. It also holds an annual conference.
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Members of the society develop instruments to measure power going to and coming from the smart grid. The society publishes two journals, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement and IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, and sponsors three annual conferences and numerous workshops that present smart-grid articles and papers.
IEEE Power Electronics Society
The society is involved with power devices for systems that handle distributed generation, interactive loads, interactive metering, grid-intelligent micro inverters such as those used in solar panels, and the integration of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles with the grid.
The broad range of the society's interests also includes the development of efficient devices, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools for efficient electronic conversion, control, and conditioning of electric power.
Research is published in the society's two journals: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Power Electronics Letters.
IEEE Reliability Society
The society is committed to making sure the smart grid runs reliably. The grid faces several reliability issues, including having to integrate diverse energy sources such as coal, nuclear, and wind; trustworthy metering, to say nothing of trustworthy logging, control, and billing; and ensuring that the grid's growth and modification are not disruptive to its customers. Research is presented at seven society-sponsored conferences and published in IEEE Transactions on Reliability and the IEEE Reliability Society Newsletter.
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
The society holds workshops on the smart grid's social implications. In addition, SSIT develops articles that deal with social issues related to the grid for its IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. The society, along with other IEEE societies, participates in the IEEE P2030 standards working group, which focuses on developing guidelines for smart-grid interoperability. And it sponsors the annual International Symposium on Technology and Society.