CIGRE UK NGN AGM – Update & Election Results

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  • 19th November 2023


Successful Hosting of CIGRE UK NGN’s 2023 AGM


The CIGRE UK Next Generation Network (NGN) is proud to announce the successful hosting of its 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 4th of December in Birmingham. We had over 30+ participants joining us both In person and virtually.

 The past year has been noteworthy, with a series of webinars engaging a global audience and a memorable visit to the National Grid ESO control room centre.

The highlight of the AGM was the much-anticipated announcement of the CIGRE UK NGN Committee election results for 2024. The newly elected members are: 

  • Jiajie Luo, taking on the role of Vice Chair,
  • Nan Chen, serving as the Secretary & Treasurer,
  • Wei Gan, assuming the position of Communications Lead.

We extend our warmest congratulations to the elected officials and heartfelt thanks to all our members for their active participation in the election process.

Special recognition was given to Dr. Elisabetta Lavopa from GE Vernova HVDC for her enlightening presentation on “Modelling of HVDC connections and grids with high penetration of renewables: recent developments and future trends,” and to Dr. Melike Ayaz from National Grid ESO, who shared insights on “Accelerating the Transition to a Zero Carbon Electricity System: An Action Plan for Streamlining Connection Applications.” Their contributions significantly enriched the discourse on the challenges and opportunities within our industry.  Click on the titles below to review the presentations.

Our gratitude goes out to all the attendees, supporters, and committee members who played a part in making the AGM an event to remember.


Keynote Speakers

Elisabetta Lavopa 

Synopsis: This presentation will provide an overview of some of the studies typically performed by an HVDC manufacturer to analyse the interactions between the HVDC and the interconnected AC Grid, particularly for weak grids like renewable energy systems.Some of the current modelling challenges will be presented, alongside an overview of areas of future development.Bio: Since 2013, she has been with GE Grid Solutions,HVDC Centre of Excellence in Stafford (UK), where she currently works as Team Leader for the System Studies Team. Her main areas of interest include: harmonic analysis of power systems and power electronic converters, power quality, AC network studies, dynamic studies of HVDC schemes, circuit design and control design for HVDC systems, active filtering,RTDS modelling and simulation.
 Melike Ayaz
Synopsis: This presentation will provide an overview of the growing challenges with the surging connection applications of renewable energy technologies into the electricity network. Bio: It will give insights of ESO’s five-point plan for connection reform, and how the storage technologies can support the operability needs of the system. Currently, she serves as a Power System Engineer for NG ESO in the Connection Operability Assessment team, where she is engaged in innovation projects related to modeling storage in the connection process and Construction Planning Assumptions. Her primary area of interest lies in the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in distribution networks.

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