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Powering tomorrow; from smart homes to megagrids

A home for those working or interested in energy technology. Offering a platform for the exchange of knowledge and facilitating professional networking for the science, engineering and technology (SET) communities. 

Sector Themes

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Smart Grids

If you are interested in learning about Smart Grid innovation, policy, planning, control, operation, security, network management, data or demand management there should be something here for you.

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Renewable Energy

If you are interested in learning about engineering innovation within Renewable Energy then please follow this link for interesting content, events, news and tweets from our members, partners and wider industry stakeholders.

Flames from fire

Heat Debate

Hot on the heels of a series the regional debates, the IET Energy and Built Environment sectors are collaborating on a series of initiatives around ‘the future of urban heat’. Join us as we engage with industry partners and stakeholders around decarbonising heating, cooling and power. Contact Gordon Graham.

Latest news

Planning officers of the Lancashire Council believe fracking would negatively affect local neighbourhoods Cuadrilla asks for Lancashire fracking decision deferral

Oil and gas exploration company Cuadrilla has asked Lancashire County Council to postpone decision regarding its fracking application, expected next week.

Less carbon dioxide than expected may actually turn to rock to be locked away for ever by current carbon sequestration techniques Carbon sequestration less efficient than expected, study hints

American researchers have found that less carbon dioxide injected into the ground as part of carbon capture and storage techniques could be permanently locked in the rock than previously thought.

Latest events

10 Feb

Birmingham, United Kingdom

25 Mar

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom


Energy storage

Electricity storage

This Briefing provides an introduction to electricity storage technologies and answers some key questions about the roles that storage can play within the electricity system.

Smart grids

What is a Smart Grid?

This IET briefing document explains what a smart grid is and why it is different from the existing electricity grid.  It explains why the move to low carbon electricity with significant amounts of variable wind generation will require new ways of balancing the electricity grid.


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IET Electric Power Applications

Publishing papers of a high technical standard with a suitable balance of practice and theory. Its scope covers a wide range of applications and apparatus in the power field.

Virtual library

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Virtual library

IET members can access for free electronic books and journals from: EBSCO, Engineering and IT Reference Library, Faulkner reports, Knovel, Wiley, and Key Note.


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Career highlight for IET Fellow at EEA

IET Fellow John Sinclair MBE flew to New Zealand this summer to represent the IET at the annual conference of the Electrical Engineers Association, addressing delegates on the first day, providing a key note speech on UK electricity networks.

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Energy Policy Panel News

So far this year the Energy Policy Panel has approved submissions to Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Ofgem and the House of Commons ECC Select Committee.

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LCN Fund Conference 2013

The annual Low Carbon Networks Fund Conference is organised by Energy Networks Association on behalf of the UK DNOs to promote the work of the Low Carbon Networks Fund projects and to provide an opportunity to update on progress and learning from them.

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Orkney ANM

SSEPD (Scottish Southern Energy Power Distribution), who own and operate Orkney’s electricity grid, organised and hosted a knowledge sharing event at the Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney on the subject of the Orkney ANM Active Network Management.

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Where have all the engineers gone?

Following the launch of the IET’s 2013 Skills Survey and the Sector Response we received a letter from one of our members, Harry Cather, regarding the skills shortage. Harry presents some interesting insights to how senior engineers could engage and help with the shortage…..

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Annual Renewable UK Conference and Careers Fair

Are you looking for a career in the Renewable Energy Industry or do you want to find out about the new innovations within the Renewable Environment?

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Renewable Energy Generation Machines & Power Electronics Event Report

A very interesting and stimulating day in Birmingham which brought together IET and KTN members to discuss and debate the current and future innovations in Renewable Energy Generation Machines with some additional insights into the use of Power Electronics.

E&T Marketplace

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E&T Marketplace

The essential directory for buyers and suppliers of engineering and technology products and services.

Energy articles

Where next for the Internet of things?

Where next for the Internet of things?

19 January 2015

Everyone knows that the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big thing. E&T went to the IoT World Forum in London to find out what's trending among the big names and, crucially, what 2015 will bring.

Falcon aims for greener, smarter grid

Falcon aims for greener, smarter grid

15 December 2014

While contributions to the grid from renewable resources prepare us for a greener future, they create unpredictable variations in supply and demand. Western Power Distribution's Project Falcon is aiming to address flexibility in energy management.

Space-based solar power: the new space race

Space-based solar power: the new space race

13 October 2014

Today's agenda for space is no longer focused on merely getting there. The modern space race is about getting the engineering in place to exploit space-based solar power (SBSP). But how will energy be beamed back down to Earth without breaking the bank?


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UK Power Networks: Flexible Plug and Play

The IET and UK Power Networks have formed a unique partnership to share knowledge gained from an innovation project, Flexible Plug and Play, which is largely funded by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund.

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E3 Academy

The E3 Academy involves three universities (Bristol, Newcastle and Nottingham) and six companies (Emerson – Control Techniques, Cummins Generator Technologies, Edwards, Parker SSD, Ricardo and Siemens Industry) working together to address the graduate recruitment crisis in the Electrical Energy Engineering (E3) sector

Sector publications

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Energy Sector Newsletters

Bringing you all the latest on IET Energy Sector initiatives, partnerships and thought leadership together with details of upcoming events, Sector highlights on and opportunities for you to get involved!

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Innovations Award 2012, Energy - Insulating Cross-arm for transmission towers: Arago Technology Ltd

The Arago team's primary advancement was to develop an insulating cross-arm to retro-fit onto existing transmission towers. In this case, the insulating cross-arm allows electricity network operators to increase the operating current/voltage levels with a net upgrade of transmission capacity of up to 150%. Subsequent development has< shown the technology to be equally beneficial when applied to new lines as the cross-arm dra

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Sector Insight - Sustaining engineering and technology skills

In a special Sector Insight, the Energy sector spells out what the IET is doing to work with both industry and academia to help bridge the gap.

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IET Sectors 2012: A year in review

This high-level review summarises the major outcomes from a remarkable year of activity for IET Sectors.

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UK Power Networks: Engineered to Generate the Future

View the UK Power Networks case study to learn more about their "Energy Storage System (ESS)" technology.


Energy storage for Power Systems

Energy storage for Power Systems

Covers all existing energy storage techniques and at the same time deals with power system considerations for energy storage and storage applications.

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Distributed Generation

This book discusses the connection of generation to distribution networks and then moves on to consider how sustainable generation can be fully integrated into the operation of the power system.

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Protection of Electricity Distribution Networks

This book refers to most aspects of electrical protections, with emphasis in Distribution Systems.


Energy Policy Panel

Providing impartial engineering advice to government and Parliament on energy policy issues.

Government policy

The IET represents the views of its members on a wide range of professional and technological issues.

Energy key topics

Addressing key topics within the energy sector.

Smart grid key topic

Addressing key topics within smart grids and smart metering.

Contact us

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