Annual Meeting Registration and Hotel Accommodations

Reminder! Register Now for the CIGRE USNC Annual Meeting and Luncheon


Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 11:30 – 1:00, Denver, CO

Registration is now open for the CIGRE U.S. National Committee All Members Annual Meeting and luncheon.  This meeting is being held in conjunction with the IEEE General meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from Noon until 2 pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  You can register for this meeting and luncheon at the link below:

Register Here 

Accommodations

IEEE PES has negotiated a special group rate of US$239 per night for PES General Meeting attendees. This group rate is inclusive of service fees but exclusive of taxes (currently at 15.75%).

  • Internet access, as well as access to the fitness center and pool, is included in the group rate.
  • Reservations must be made by 5:00 pm Mountain Time on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 in order to get the group rate.  Once when the room block is sold out, the hotel will offer rooms/rates based upon availability.
  • Click here to book your room online at the group rate.
  • The hotel offers a limited number of sleeping rooms at the government rate. The current government rate in the state of Colorado is US$181.00 plus applicable tax.
  • Click here to book your room online at the government rate.

REMINDER: Please Register for the CIGRE USNC Annual Luncheon and Meeting

Tuesday July 19, 2022, 11:30 – 1:00, Denver, CO

Registration is now open for the CIGRE U.S. National Committee All Members Annual Meeting and luncheon.  This meeting is being held in conjunction with the IEEE General meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from Noon until 2pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  You can register for this meeting and luncheon at the link below:

Register Here 

CIGRE USNC Award Nominations Now Open

 

The CIGRE US National Committee regularly recognizes the significant contributions of our membership to CIGRE.  This serves as a call for nominations for two awards, the Attwood Associates Award and the Phillip Sporn Award.

Please send your nominations to Beth LaRose at Elizabeth.larose@ge.com for consideration by the nominating committee no later than Monday, May 9th, 2022.

The award criteria and requested nomination details are shown below, and you can find past award recipients listed at https://cigre-usnc.org/awards/.  Please feel free to reach out to Beth with any questions.

For each nomination, please provide the following details of the candidate:

  • Name, email, business title, work address
  • Motivation for the nomination for that particular award (a couple sentences)
  • CV or biography with an emphasis on CIGRE level involvement at the USNC and/or International level.

Attwood Associate Award

  • The Attwood Associate Award recognizes an individual who has made notable contributions to CIGRE over an extended period of time.
  • The citation of this award reads: The candidate must have made significant contributions to CIGRE either on a national (USNC) or international (CIGRE) basis and should have been an individual member of CIGRE for 10 consecutive years.
    • “To honor the contributions and memory of Frederic Attwood of the U.S.A. who, with J. Tribot Laspiere of France, foresaw the need for an international organization in the field of high-voltage power engineering and who became the first chairman of the U.S. National Committee upon the founding of CIGRÉ in the year 1921.”
  • The award is a plaque, which generally is presented at the USNC’s annual General Meeting, with lunch provided at the annual meeting.

Phillip Sporn Award

  • The Philip Sporn Award is a USNC award given in honor of Philip Sporn who was President of the USNC from 1966–72.  Mr. Sporn was also the CEO of American Electric Power in the 1950s until approximately 1961.  He was a renowned engineer and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He was a leading exponent of integrating large electric systems for economy and reliability reasons.
  • The citation of this award reads: The candidate must have made significant, cumulative career contributions to CIGRE either on a national (USNC) or international (CIGRE) basis and should be an active, individual member of CIGRE.
    • “For career contributions advancing electric power systems in theory, design and/or operation for the benefit of society in the United States, and for aspiring to Philip Sporn’s ‘Locus of Discontent’ approach; i.e., always challenging the status quo to advance technology for the betterment of society.”
  • The award is a plaque and an airline ticket to the annual General Meeting of the USNC.

An additional USNC award, the Dale Douglass Award for Technical Achievement is nominated by the USNC Technical Committee VP and the Study Committee Representatives.

  • This award is in recognition of proven outstanding technical or engineering contribution to USNC CIGRE and the engineering field in honor and memory of Dale Douglass of USA.  This requires participation in CIGRE technical activities in a leadership role (e.g. WGs convenor with proven contribution, or member of WGs with clear and proven technical contributions) and significant contributions to the engineering field in general, with evidence to support it such as publications, or patents.
  • The candidate should have been a member of CIGRE for a minimum of 10 consecutive years.
  • The award is a plaque, which generally is presented at the USNC’s annual General Meeting, with a complimentary lunch at the annual meeting.  The plaque citation shall read: “For leadership and participation in CIGRE technical activities internationally at the Study Committee or Working Group levels aspiring to the level of dedication exhibited by Dale Douglass.”

 

The deadline for Nominations is Monday, May 9th, 2022.
Please send your nominations to Beth LaRose at Elizabeth.larose@ge.com.

CIGRE USNC Annual Luncheon and Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 11:30 – 1:00, Denver, CO

Registration is now open for the CIGRE U.S. National Committee All Members Annual Meeting and luncheon.  This meeting is being held in conjunction with the IEEE General meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from 11:30 am until 2 pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Grand Ballroom 1.  You can register for this meeting and luncheon at the link below:

Register Here 

Accommodations

IEEE PES has negotiated a special group rate of US$239 per night for PES General Meeting attendees. This group rate is inclusive of service fees but exclusive of taxes (currently at 15.75%).

  • Internet access, as well as access to the fitness center and pool, is included in the group rate.
  • Reservations must be made by 5:00 pm Mountain Time on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 in order to get the group rate.  Once when the room block is sold out, the hotel will offer rooms/rates based upon availability.
  • Click here to book your room online at the group rate.
  • The hotel offers a limited number of sleeping rooms at the government rate. The current government rate in the state of Colorado is US$181.00 plus applicable tax.
  • Click here to book your room online at the government rate.

CIGRE NGN Webinar: Modeling, Control, and Analysis of Future Power Systems

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1-2 pm EST (10-11 pm PST)

Presented by

Deepak Ramasubramanian
Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Register Here

Summary

The changing resource mix of the bulk power system, particularly the increasing deployment of wind power and solar PV, has resulted in an increasing portion of the resource mix being asynchronously connected through inverters – Inverter Based Resources (IBRs). These resources behave differently than traditional synchronous resources, which has necessitated investigation into viable alternate control schemes for use during operation of the system. A major theme of alternate schemes proposed in research has been on ensuring that these IBRs conform to the operational norms and limits that are presently followed. However, as a faster response can be obtained from IBRs, this talk will explore the capabilities to exploit fast response characteristics of an IBR to obtain superior frequency control.

Speaker

Deepak Ramasubramanian is a Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the Grid Operations and Planning Group. He joined
EPRI in 2017 where his work is in the area of modeling, control and stability analysis of the bulk power system with a recent focus on the associated impacts of large-scale integration of inverter-based resources. He received
his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University,
Tempe, USA in 2017 and his M. Tech. degree in Power Systems from the Indian
Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India in 2013. He is a recipient of an
Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) Excellence Award and the Power
System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) Power System Award.

Register Here: https://iclesunc.memberclicks.net/ngnwebinarnovember  

The Celtic Interconnector Informational – Next Generation Network NGN Ireland & NGN France Webinar

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 9-10 am EDT

CIGRÉ Ireland NGN and CIGRÉ France NGN are delighted to present an informative session on interconnection, with an emphasis on the upcoming Celtic Interconnector. Interconnection plays a crucial role in the future of ensuring system stability for European electricity grids and is being encouraged in all European TSOs. The Celtic Interconnector project is due to be complete in 2026 and will allow for 700 MW to be traded between France and Ireland. In this webinar we will discuss the history of interconnection, the current status, and the future of interconnection from the perspectives of EirGrid, RTE, and leading experts in the field of interconnection. There will be an open panel discussion afterwards where you can ask our experts any of your burning questions on interconnection. This is not an event to be missed!

CIGRE Next Generation Network Social Event

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6-8 am EDT

Join this CIGRE NGN social networking event to meet with young professionals and students in the power industry from all over the world.

To conclude the CIGRE Next Generation Network activities for the Centennial Session we would like to invite you to join this social networking event from 6:00 am – 8:00 am  (EDT) on Wednesday 13th October.  Network with other young professionals and students in the power industry from around the world and gain a better understanding of what initiatives and activities different NGN groups have been involved in.  The event will be hosted through the platform Work Adventure – details on how to join will be provided to registered participants before the event.

Attendance is limited and will be prioritized for NGN members. Subject to ticket availability we also welcome our senior CIGRE members to join and observe the event.

2020 CIGRE & USNC Awards

We want to congratulate the following award recipients for their noteworthy contributions. The following awards were announced at the 2020 CIGRE e-Session:

CIGRE Fellow Award | Pouyan Pourbeik
The “CIGRE Fellow” award is attributed for active participation in the activities of the technical work of the study committees and for providing a lead technical role in the study committees (maximum five awards every two years).

CIGRE Distinguished Member Award | Nenad Uzelac, Damir Novosel, Nicholas Miller, Michael Lamb, Neil Kirby
In 1996, a “Distinguished Member” status was introduced in CIGRE. This award is a tribute to seniority (over 10 years of membership) and to active participation in the work and development of the Association — within Study Committees and/or National Committees.

NGN Significant Contribution Award | Amanda Olson
This award is intended to recognize outstanding contributions of NGN members to CIGRE activities.

CIGRE Technical Council Award | Renuka Chatterjee (C2 – Power system operation and control)
The Technical Committee Award was initiated in CIGRE in 1993. It is generally given annually to recognize the outstanding contributions of a number of CIGRE Study Committee members to the work of their respective Study Committees.

The Philip Sporn Award | Dr. Dale Douglass
For career contributions advancing electric power systems in theory, design and/or operation for the benefit of society in the United States, and for aspiring to Philip Sporn’s ‘Locus of Discontent’ approach; i.e. always challenging the status quo to advance technology for the betterment of society.

Attwood Associate Award | Paul Myrda, John Randolph, Galen Rasche, David W. Roop, Chris Root, Dr. Jason Taylor
This award is made to honor the contributions and memory of Frederic Attwood of the U.S.A. who, with J. Tribot Laspiere of France foresaw the need for an international organization in the field of power engineering and who became the first Chairman of the U.S. National Committee upon the founding of CIGRE in the year 1921.

Collective Member Award | Dominion Energy
For outstanding leadership and continuing managerial, technical, and financial support of the activities of the U.S. National Committee and CIGRE over an extended period of time.

Click here to download the 2020 Awards Booklet featuring the reward recipients and their bios.

Grid of the Future Postponed Until 2021: Announcement from David Roop

Colleagues – I hope this unusual year finds you and your loved ones in good health. The impact of COVID-19 continues to ripple through the nation and unfortunately has impacted our ability to hold the 2020 Grid of the FutureTM event. The folks at National Grid have a tremendous program developed and if not for this pandemic, it would have been a great venue for us to get back to some state of normalcy. The hotel in Providence has informed us that due to COVID distancing restrictions with this venue in 2020 that they could only handle less than 70 for this event – therefore we made the decision to postpone it for 2021.

National Grid has graciously agreed to host this event using the agenda already prepared, with possibly some minor changes, in 2021. The new dates will be October 17 – 20, 2021 in the same hotel venue. Please mark your calendars!

In an effort to not lose momentum and to provide value to each of our members, we will be taking the following steps over the coming months. They are:

* The NGN network has 10 excellent papers that were selected to be submitted and were to be whittled to the 5 best papers at this year’s GOTF. They will now move this competition to a virtual format where the 5 five best papers will be selected to be presented and judged virtually so that the best paper can be selected and the author awarded a trip to Paris in 2022.

* Some of the tutorials planned for the GOTF along with some others are being repackaged as virtual sessions for our members for the fall of 2020. Please take advantage of these tutorials and encourage your colleagues to take advantage of these as they are offered.

* To encourage existing members to attract new members, existing individual members will receive a 50% reduction on their 2021 year renewal rate for any new member that they get to join CIGRE between now and October 1, 2020. The new member would receive a 15-month membership starting October 1st and continuing through 2021.

Your continued membership is important if we are to remain a viable industry organization and I ask for your help in growing our numbers while maintaining your membership.

Finally, the movement of the GOTF also will impact our scheduled Annual Meeting. We will be sending out a meeting invitation and notification to hold this meeting virtually in October. A date for this meeting will be announced in the near future. This year’s annual meeting will allow us to discuss and approve the revised bylaws reflecting the new direction of CIGRE across the total energy spectrum, elect new officers plus any Executive Committee changes plus update you on your organization.

I hope you understand why we felt we had to make these changes and ask for your continued support and the engagement of your colleagues to grow this organization.

Warmest regards and best wishes for good health,

Dave

David W. Roop
President

2020 e-Session and 2021 Paris Centennial Session Announcement

As each of you know the 2020 Paris Session has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues affecting the world.  In lieu of the 2020 Paris Session, CIGRE’s Administrative Council will hold an e-Session in 2020 and the Paris Centennial Session will be held in Paris in the last half of August, 2021.  This will be a tremendous time for the Paris Session since 2021 will the 100th Anniversary of the founding of CIGRE in 1921 – so we can expect a tremendous Centennial Session! The exact dates for the 2021 session in Paris will be finalized over the coming days and we will forward these dates to you as soon as it is available.  To provide flexibility to our members and to ensure that we provide maximum value to you during these uncertain times, we have the following options available to you if you have already registered for the 2020 Paris Session or would like to register for the 2020 e-Session and the 2021 Paris Centennial Session at a significantly reduced rate in 2020.

 

The following options are available for you to consider.

 

Registration Options 2020 e-Session and 2021 Centennial Paris Session:

1. The payment of registration fees until December 31st 2020, will allow for delegates : BEST OPTION IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND 2021 PARIS CENTENNIAL SESSION AND 2020 e-Session
a. to attend the virtual session in 2020 if paid before the e-session;
b. to have access to the Session papers;
c. to access all the audio and video records of the virtual session;
d. to attend the Centennial Session in 2021; at the early bird rates proposed for the initial 2020 Session ($1300 for members, $1550 for non-members, and $225 for companions).

 

2. Those who have already paid their registration for 2020 and wish to obtain a refund will receive a refund without penalty. (Notify Sharon Loe at s-loe@tamu.edu)

 

3. Those who want only to attend the e-session in 2020, which also includes the access to the papers and to the audio and video records of the virtual session, will have to pay a fixed fee, not refundable and not recoverable on 2021 registration. This fee is 100 € for members and 200 € for non-members. This fee will be collected directly by the Central Office, not by National Committees. (Details will be available on the Paris CIGRE website in the coming weeks and we will provide a link on the CIGRE USNC website for members that elect to take this option).

 

4. Registration fees for the Centennial Session paid in 2021 will be higher than the current Session fees, and the Administrative Council will decide their values in August 2020 within the 2021 budget. It will be possible to register at an early bird rate from January 1st to May 15th, and at a standard rate from May 16th to August 8th 2021.

 

5. As usual, in 2021 all cancelled registration fees are refundable after the 2021 Paris Centennial Session with a 240 € deduction, except in special cases (health or visa issues).

 

We know there are many changes affecting each of us with the on-going pandemic. We hope that these options provide you flexibility in your planning and allow you to maintain your engagement with this industry through CIGRE. If you have already paid for the 2020 Paris Session, it is hoped that you will consider Option 1 above to assist Paris with their cash flow during this period since they will not have the 2020 Paris Session attendance to support their operations.