Cigré, the forum for electrical innovations

January 2015

Words from the Secretary General

Dear Readers,

On behalf of the Central Office of CIGRE in Paris, I would like to thank all those who around the world have expressed their sympathy over the tragic week we just lived.

On their behalf, I wish a happy New Year, a good health and many personal successes, to you and to those who are dear to you.

This newsletter gives me the opportunity to make a brief reminder of the achievements of CIGRE in 2014: the 45th Session in Paris in August was attended above our expectations and the new collection of the CIGRE Green Books has been launched with success.

Important decisions have been made by the Administrative Council in 2014, among which:

  • The creation of a student member category that will give access, for certified students, to all the available online documents free of charge, and to the member registration fees to CIGRE events.
  • Free access granted to non-members to the CIGRE technical library for most documents three years after their publication, in order to improve the awareness of CIGRE production for a wider audience outside of CIGRE.
  • The publication of a new CIGRE journal, named “CIGRE Science & Engineering” (read more).

This New Year 2015 will see the implementation of these decisions aiming at encouraging students and academia to join and work within our Association.

These changes have also been decided in order to increase the CIGRE membership by facilitating the recruitment of managers and experts from the power distribution sector, of young members (young in career professionals and students), and the creation of new National Committees in parts of the world where the CIGRE is not present enough, mainly in Africa where so many people have not access to the electricity.

In all these aspects, the implication of the National Committees to communicate towards the distribution companies, the national universities and their neighboring countries absent in CIGRE, is of utmost importance.

In addition, the CIGRE information system including the website will be improved through five distinct projects:

  • A new membership management tool has been designed in 2013 and 2014 in order to accelerate the access to membership benefits for renewed and new members. Two internet based solutions will be fully implemented before the end of February, and all the National Committees will be able to register student members.
  • Collaborative tools will be developed to facilitate the exchanges between the members of the Working Groups during the preparation of their technical brochures or reports.
  • The technical document library “e-cigre”, built in 2004, will be improved with more modern search engine and online payment solutions.
  • The management of the papers review and selection process will be supported by professional solutions adapted to the specific needs of CIGRE.
  • A new CIGRE events registration process will also be designed and implemented in order to make it faster for CIGRE members.

Besides these improvement projects, the business as usual of CIGRE will include in 2015 two symposia (in Lund and in Cape Town), eleven colloquia mainly in September, and the preparation by the National Committees of the 2016 Session in Paris.

If you are not a CIGRE member, I invite you to apply to become a CIGRE member on our website by clicking here.

If you are a CIGRE member, do not forget to renew your membership before 31st May, so that without interruption, you will continue:

  • to receive ELECTRA, the journal of the Association, published in 6 issues per year, on paper or on line;
  • to have the capacity to download free of charge any document from “e-cigre”, the on line technical library;
  • to attend CIGRE events or events supported by CIGRE, with reduced registration fees;
  • to receive this newsletter every two months, to get information on coming events of interest, on newly published Technical Brochures and on new Working Groups.

With my best regards,

Philippe ADAM
Secretary General

Mr. Christian DUBANTON passed away

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing away of Christian DUBANTON, aged 73.

Since 1970, throughout his career in Electricité de France (EDF) and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), Christian DUBANTON was deeply involved in CIGRE international activities.

Christian DUBANTON was the Chairman of Study Committee 23, Substations (now SC B3), from 1990 to 1996. 

The members of the CIGRE community offer their sincere condolences to his family.

Philippe ADAM

Latest Technical Brochures published on

  • WG B4.57: TB 604 -- Guide for the Development of Models for HVDC Converters in a HVDC Grid
  • WG B5/D2.46: TB 603 -- Application And Management Of Cybersecurity Measures For Protection And Control Systems
  • WG A3.24: TB 602 -- Tools for simulation of the internal arc effects in HV and MV switchgear 
  • WG B2.42: TB 601 -- Guide For Thermal Rating Calculations Of Overhead Lines 
  • WG C4.206: TB 600 -- Protection of High Voltage Power Network Control Electronics Against Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) 
  • WG B5.40: TB 599 -- Education, Qualification and Continuing Professional Development of Engineers in Protection and Control 
  • WG B2.54: TB 598 -- Guidelines for the management of risk associated with severe climatic events and climate change on overhead lines
  • WG C1.25: TB 597 -- Transmission Asset Risk Management - Progress in Application


A new CIGRE journal is born!

This new journal is the outcome of CIGRE’s desire to broaden its publication to articles of interest for its members, outside the CIGRE sphere

CIGRE Working Groups – Update

Here are the last Working Groups that have been created

2015 Lund symposium

Lund Cigre Symposium 27-28 May 2015: the deadline for sending your Paper is 28th February 2015. More information about registrations, symposium program, hotel booking: click here

2016 Preferential Subjects

Session 2016 Preferential Subjects and call for papers

2016 CIGRE Session: See our Call for Papers. Preferential Subjects are available here!

International Colloquium on EMC, Lightning and Power Quality Considerations for Renewable Energy Systems

Call for papers

Cap Town

2015 CIGRE/IEC symposium in Cape-Town

Cape Town Symposium 26-30 October 2015: Abstracts submission is now over, the notification will be sent to authors at the end of January or very beginning of February 2015


2015 EPRI HVDC & FACTS Conference

20/08/2015 - 21/08/2015
3420 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA, United States of America

2015 CIGRÉ Canada Conference

31/08/2015 - 02/09/2015
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Not specified

CIGRE SC C6 Colloquium Vienna (EDST 2015)

08/09/2015 - 11/09/2015
Techgate, Vienna, Austria, Austria

2015 International High Voltage Direct Current Conference (HVDC 2015)

18/09/2015 - 22/09/2015
COEX, Seoul, Korea, Korea, Republic of


24/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
Budapest, Hungary

CIGRE Tutorial & Colloquium

07/10/2015 - 09/10/2015
Lima, Peru

Contact details

Estelle Tijou
Communications Manager
T. + 33 (0) 1 53 89 12 95

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