From the Chair

Mr. Gregory Tosen
(South Africa)

The increase in the world’s population reflects a world with a growing consumption of food, fuel and minerals. Increasing demands from both consumers and policy requirements for the production of more sustainable energy is becoming a critical requirement for global utilities.

If the carbon concentration in the atmosphere is to be stabilized at a level that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends, carbon emissions will have to be reduced by 50% by the year 2050. In industrialized countries, carbon emissions will have to be reduced by between 60 to 80%.

The IERE is a non-profit organization, serving the electricity industry across the world as a "global platform" of information exchange and collaboration in electricity technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D). In particular, IERE has three organizational missions:

  • Evaluate innovative and emerging technologies and their implementation
  • Help establish corporate strategy related to R&D under changing business climate
  • Facilitate technology transfer from developed economies to developing economies

There are many factors driving the rapid changes in the worldwide electric industry today. Increased presence of nonconventional energy sources, advancement of utility grid operations technologies, and further penetration of enabling technologies that support demand-side resources are just few such examples. As an industry-leading organization with global and world-class expertise in supporting and promoting technology innovations in the global electric industry, IERE is in a strong position to provide thought leadership on technology solutions that could shape the future trajectory of the industry.

To this end, the IERE has recently undertaken a study in which a complete market survey and profiled critical technologies that formed the foundation for our first Technology Foresight 2020 report. The key objective of this report is to provide up-to-date information with sufficient depth of technical background as well as strategic implications to its stakeholders. I believe this will be a start of many such value added reports that will indeed add much strategic value to our members.

The IERE celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2018 and has and will continue its leadership role of promoting information exchange on research and development issues amongst its members.

This more focused approach has had significant buy-in from our members we have established an excellent foundation to progress further. The IERE can be truly proud of its remarkable achievements over the years.

It is with a great sense of honor that I am able to serve the ideals and values of the IERE. We have accomplished a great deal over the last 50 years and I believe the sound foundation the IERE has created, has paved a clear and exciting path for our future.

I thank you all!

Gregory Tosen
IERE Chair