IEC on the world energy stage

Innovation and the new generation of energy systems

By Janice Blondeau

IEC joined the heads of the world’s leading electricity companies in discussions on the theme of innovation and the energy systems of new generation at the recent GSEP (Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership) annual summit in Moscow, Russia.

IEC Past President Jacques Régis emphasized that IEC International Standards help facilitate the take-up of new technologies
IEC Past President Jacques Régis emphasized that IEC International Standards help facilitate the take-up of new technologies

Meeting with world electricity leaders

The IEC was represented by Past President Jacques Régis and Katharine Fraga Pearson, IEC Head of Governance and Global Strategy.

Participating in the session "Global Energy Systems of the New Generation" Régis said that the IEC provides a global platform that enables technologies, both existing and new, to be used in the best way for maximum performance reliability.

New generation solutions

The development of IEC International Standards, for example, for UHV (ultra-high voltage) and RE (renewable energy) helps to advance global energy systems of the new generation.

GSEP looks forward

For GSEP’s members, future energy solutions need to address the priorities of ensuring security of supply while providing affordable energy that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. One such solution is the creation of flexible and adaptive energy systems consisting of several key elements: smart grids and energy storage well integrated with electricity generation and distribution systems, regional energy hubs and long-range ultra-high voltage lines.

IEC International Standards are fundamental for these innovations and other new technologies to be realized.

The GSEP Moscow Summit, held at the end of May 2014, was hosted by RusHydro, the 2013-2014 outgoing Chair Company of the organization.

About GSEP

The GSEP was created in 1992 in the context of the UN Rio Earth Summit, with the aim to promote sustainable energy development through electricity sector projects and training programmes for developing nations. The original GSEP founders, Électricité de France and Hydro-Québec, invited the chairmen of some of the largest electric utilities among G7 countries to create an international group.

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IEC Past President Jacques Régis emphasized that IEC International Standards help facilitate the take-up of new technologies IEC Past President Jacques Régis emphasized that IEC International Standards help facilitate the take-up of new technologies
GSEP promotes sustainable energy development via electricity sector projects and training programmes for developing nations GSEP promotes sustainable energy development via electricity sector projects and training programmes for developing nations
Innovation and the new generation of energy systems was the theme of the 2014 GSEP Summit Innovation and the new generation of energy systems was the theme of the 2014 GSEP Summit