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A strategic response to challenges

The CIGRE knowledge programme is driven by key strategic themes defined by the experts of the CIGRE leadership, with the input of the community.  These are based around the key drivers affecting the industry and are updated as strategic changes occur.

16 Domains of work

Strategic themes are fed into 16 consistent domains of work, each led by a dedicated Study Committee.  The domains are broadly grouped by four key global power system areas – equipment, technologies, systems, new materials and IT.

Working Groups and outcomes

At the heart of CIGRE’s programme is its community and 59 National Committees (NCs).  These organisations nominate local professionals to participate across the knowledge programme, including in the 250+ Working Groups that collaborate and study specific areas within the 16 domains of work.  Around 40 new Working Groups are formed every year to look at emerging challenges of the power system.  All Working Groups ultimately produce a comprehensive technical publication, referred to as a ‘Technical Brochure’, accessible to everyone.

A unique approach

CIGRE’s uniquely dispersed but centrally coordinated way of working offers an integrated knowledge programme that accounts for the global drivers changing the power system, while ensuring that these are connected with the National Committee’s real world, local situations. This unique global–local configuration means the outcomes of CIGRE work are both globally relevant at the same time as being highly beneficial at the local level.


To download the latest published CIGRE scope of work and activities for 2018 click here

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The Terms of Reference of each Study Committees of can be accessed using the links below:-

Group A – Equipment

A1  Rotating electrical machines

A2  Power transformers and reactors 

A3  Transmission and distribution equipment

Group B – Technologies

B1  Insulated cables

B2  Overhead lines

B3  Substations and electrical installations

B4  DC systems and power electronics

B5  Protection and automation

Group C – Systems

C1  Power system development and economics

C2  Power system operation and control

C3  Power system environmental performance

C4  Power system technical performance

C5  Electricity markets and regulation

C6  Active distribution systems and distributed energy resources

Group D – New Materials and IT

D1  Materials and emerging test techniques

D2  Information systems and telecommunication