IEC and regulators must work together to meet the energy needs of future generations. That was the message of IEC President James Shannon to the Regulator Forum on renewable energy taking place in Busan, South Korea.
The two-day forum, taking place alongside the annual IEC General Meeting, is bringing 150 regulators standards developers and industry experts together to discuss closer collaboration to address the challenges and opportunities they face in the area of renewable energy.
The integration of renewable energy in the national energy mix represents a number of regulatory challenges driven by such country specific issues as resource access, topology and geography as well as the characteristics of each renewable energy technology.
IEC General Secretary Frans Vreeswijk defined the nature of the challenge. “If regulators around the globe spoke to each other more it would make it easier to develop international standards. More harmonization would be a good thing,” he said.
International standards can provide important support to regulators and can help incentivize the renewable energy market by, for example, establishing uniform technical requirements to support the integration of renewable energy into the energy mix of the utilities grid.
Greater international coordination between regulators and technology developers provides an opportunity for sharing knowledge, best practice and experiences. During the Forum, participants will learn more about:
- IEC work in renewable energy
- How IEC International Standards and the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems can support renewable energy regulations
- How regulators can use and reference IEC International Standards to support their work
- Why it is important that regulators make their needs known and the stages at which their input in the drafting of IEC International Standards is most effective
The IEC Regulator Forum is an opportunity for a high-level discussion on the ways in which IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment services can be used to help regulators and policy makers assess and manage risks, create transparency, establish clear quality expectations and provide a level playing field for all market members in the area of renewable energy.