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Electrical Energy

IEC helps keep the power on

The IEC and electrical energy

The IEC international community of experts has accompanied electrical and electronic developments since the very beginning. For energy generation those included first hydro and traditional thermal power sources such as coal, gas, and oil; later nuclear was added and today renewable energy from the sun, wind and water. At every stage the IEC has led the way in establishing International Standards for transmission, connection and use. It provides detailed technical guidance for implementers of emerging systems such as off-grid small-scale sustainable energy initiatives. Its primary drivers are safety, energy efficiency and systems compatibility, thus enabling safe and economic use of electrical and electronic goods and services wherever they are needed.


The IEC also administers Conformity Assessment Systems with thousands of testing laboratories that certify that components, equipment and systems meet its Standards.

The IEC helps keep the power on.


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