Memberships & associations

Our dielectric team has many years’ experience working on various standards committees such as IEEE, IEC and ASTM so we know not only how our products need to perform, but what they need to accomplish for you. Below is an overview of the associations we actively participate in. We actively participate on many of the standards committees to understand the latest industry issues, but also take an active role in shaping the future of the industry as well. We are proud members of many of the key associations who work diligently to ensure all of us have the guidance and standards needed to provide reliable and safe energy to the communities we serve but also live in.


The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a leading largest profession association in advancing electrical, electronic and communication and computer engineering and science technologies. It is governed by elected and appointed volunteer members. The IEEE Standards Association is in charge of the standardization activities of the IEEE.

Cargill actively participates in IEEE sponsored publications, seminars, and standards development. Current active participation include Member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society’s Transformer Committee (TC), and officer positions within the TC including: Secretary of the Sub-Committee of Insulating Fluids, Working Group Chair for the revision of  Standard Guide C57.147 for Natural Ester Insulating Liquid, Secretary of Working Group of the development of  Standard Guide C57.155 for Dissolved Gas Analysis for Esters, and Chair of the Task Force for Normalization of Terms of Insulating  Liquids used throughout standards sponsored by the TC.

ASTM International

Formally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International is an international standards making organization that develops and published voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of material, products, systems, and services. The organization, with over 30,000 members supports thousands of volunteer technical committees which draw members from around the globe, and it claims to be the largest standards developer in the world, annually publishing a set of 82 volumes.

Cargill actively participates in ASTM Int’l. For its dielectric fluids (insulating liquids) business, it participates primarily in the ASTM Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases. The Committee has a approximately 90 active members. Its jurisdiction includes over 60 standards that are published in Volume 10.03 in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Currently Cargill has three active members of D27. Officer positions include Chairs of the Sub-Committee of Planning and Task Group Development and of the Sub-Committee of Liaison for the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).


The IEC, International Electrotechnical Commission, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes standards for electrical, electronic and related technologies. As with most standards making organizations, such as IEEE and ASTM, IEC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Membership is comprised on national committees, with each representing its nation’s Electrotechnical interests in the IEC. Over 80 countries are full members and a similar number of counties participate in the IEC Affiliate Country Program. Over 10,000 experts are involved in the standards development representing industry, government, academia, testing laboratories, and other interested entities.

Member counties establish Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) to assist the national committees to form their voting positions on each standard development. Drafts for standards are created within an IEC Technical Committee (TC) that has jurisdiction for certain related standards. Members of these TCs are typically formed from members of the national TAG.

Cargill Dielectric Fluids group participates actively in IEC standards development. Currently the position of the Chair of the U.S. TAG for the IEC Technical Committee (TC10) involved in standard development for Fluids for Electrotechnical Applications is a Cargill expert. One of the recent standards developed by TC10, the IEC draft for Unused Natural Esters Liquids for Transformers and Similar Electrical Equipment, was approved in 2013. The standard number is IEC 62770. The next standard to be developed related to natural ester insulating liquids will a a User and Maintenance Guide. A Cargill expert is a member of the project team. 

U.S. Federal BioBased and BioPreferred Program

The procurement of sustainable product is required by the U.S. federal government. The program was established by public law 107-171 in 2002, via Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act. The overall framework for the USDA program can be found in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulation 7 CFR 2902. In essence, Federal agencies are required to purchase 95% of new contract actions are bio-based for products and services when and where such meet agency performance requirements.  In addition, in most cases, the agencies are required to give preference to the item with the highest percentage of bio-based content. The Program maintains a listing of current designated items and their minimum bio-based content required. The Bio-Preferred Catalog on the US Dept. of Agriculture’s website with a searchable database of bio-based products.

Cargill’s Envirotemp™ FR3 fluid and transformers filled with FR3 fluid have been included in the Bio-Preferred Catalog since 2008.