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Issue 12 - November 2017

Welcome to the twelfth issue of ITL.

In this edition we have a couple of articles on the work being carried out by CIGRE Australia members, a reminder of some member joining incentives and the  upcoming Technical forum and members AGM at the end of November.

The articles include an interesting  brochure which has been produced on the issue of how to meet reliability standards whilst complying with Market Rules; Improving system reliability through the use of Wide Area Protection Systems; and a consideration of using markets and regulatory frameworks in ensuring timely investment in transmission.

November 23rd sees the running of our Annual technical seminar in Adelaide, at which each of our Australian Panel convenors will report back on the work carried out in their respective panel areas.  This seminar is open to anybody, is free to attend and will be a great opportunity to get a feel of the work that CIGRE gets involved in, as well as meet the leaders and technical experts of our Panels.  You  may click HERE to register for this free event 

Following the Technical Seminar, there is a members' dinner on the Thursday night and then our members' AGM on the Friday (these events are members only).

A highlight of this year's AGM will be the finalisation of voting for our Board Directors.  Members should have already received the voting pack and information.

Speaking of members,  we are currently offering the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 for the 2018 member fee.  As at the time of writing, this offers 14 months for the price of 12 and will give immediate member access to the global e-cigre database of some 14000 reports. brochures and documents.

CLICK here to goto the JOIN page (new members joining between now and 31 Dec 2017 will  automatically receive the rest of this year for free)

The international selection of papers to be presented at the Paris Session in August 2018 has been finalised, and CIGRE Australia has had 24 papers accepted.  This is a record result for us and a great recognition of the technical knowledge and expertise that exists within our organisation.

More information on the Paris Session can be found by clicking HERE.

We are also regularly publishing information and updates on our social media sites, so if you are not already a 'follower' click the links below to keep up to date with what is happening in the CIGRE world.

                   LinkedIn          CIGRE Website          Twitter 

Finally we would like to acknowledge and congratulate Alex Cruikshank who is our C5 Panel Convenor (Electricity Markets & Regulation). Alex has recently been asked to take the role of the CIGRE Global C5 Study Committee Chairman.  This continues a long history of Australian representation at the global level and we  wish Alex all the best in the role.

Thank you for reading and as always if you have any feedback on our articles or topics of interest you would like to see us cover, please feel free to call the office or send an email to enquiries 

Terry Killen
Executive Manager
CIGRE Australia




Meeting Reliability Standards whilst complying with Market Rules

Compliance with reliability standards has been an obligation on power system planners and operators for many years. More recently the requirement to also satisfy market rules, which are driven by commercial objectives has created challenges for System Operators. Working Group C2/C5.05 has recently produced Technical Brochure 688, ‘Development of Reliability Standards and Market Rules’. The Australian member on this working group is Mark Miller. For this first stage of a 2-stage project, a review of historical, current and future development of reliability standards and market rules in several countries has been completed. The second stage will examine the current and developing challenges associated with the adverse impacts on market mechanisms when trying to comply with reliability standards. This will include consideration of the impact of new technologies such as intermittent renewables, storage etc. This work is very topical in Australia and many other countries and should be of considerable interest to stakeholders.


Wide Area Protection and Control Systems used to improve system reliability and security.

Cigre Technical Brochure provides timely overview of Wide Area Protection and Control Systems used to improve system reliability and security. As power grids world-wide become more complex (renewable energy integration, energy efficiency, electrical vehicles, storage, etc.) and are being operated closer to their operating limits, the application of Wide Area Protection & Control Systems (WAPCS) has become necessary to better manage the grid, prevent blackouts and ensure security of power supply. Technical Brochure 664 has recently been produced by Cigre Working Group B5.14 as a useful reference document on the current status of the technology, its benefits and challenges and a way forward to speed up deployment and minimise costs. The Australian member on this working group was Chuanli Zhang


Using markets and regulatory frameworks to ensure timely investment in transmission

New Technical Brochure reviews how utilities across the world use markets and regulatory frameworks to ensure timely investment in transmission. Working Group C5.18 has produced Technical Brochure 692, ‘Market price signals and regulatory frameworks for coordination of transmission investments'. The Australian member on the working group was Joel Gilmore. This should be of general interest to our members as there is growing concern in Australia about system security balanced against rapidly rising prices, and timely transmission investments play a critical role here. While some may argue that increasing distributed generation and lower cost storage may reduce the need for transmission, the current evidence is that, while its role and function will evolve over time, transmission will continue to be critical for the foreseeable future. This changing role does make the timing and nature of the transmission investment more difficult to justify with valid market signals and appropriate regulatory frameworks becoming even more important.