The NGN is part of CIGRE’s UK National Committee, and exists to develop the next generation of professional engineers in the power industry.

It can be argued that the power industry is one of the most important industries in the world. The need for electrical power is essential for the development of society and the welfare of people; without electric power, the world would still be in the dark-ages.

For this reason, it is understandable why many people would want to become involved not only within this industry, but also with developing and sharing their technical knowledge to create state-of-the-art and world practices / standards.

To facilitate this desire of many, CIGRE was established to develop and distribute technical knowledge and experience in the field of the generation and transmission of high voltage electricity. It does this by providing an interactive forum that brings together key players, research workers, producers, manufacturers, system operators, traders, and regulatory bodies. Originally founded in France in 1921, this organisation has expanded worldwide with representatives from more than eighty countries.

CIGRE operates the world’s foremost knowledge programme, spanning 16 domains of work encompassing all the core areas of the power system. Across these domains 250+ Working Groups draw and build on practical expertise to solve existing and future challenges facing the power system.

More details about 16 Study Committees and domains of work can be found following the link below:


To the non-member (and even to some members), the CIGRE organisation can appear complex and exclusive. To the inexperienced engineer starting out in the power industry, becoming involved with such a prestigious organisation can appear difficult and daunting.

In order to overcome these barriers that seem to be in place for new engineers, the Next Generation Network (NGN) has been established by CIGRE in the UK in order to ensure that everyone’s opinions and views are heard, to bring a fresh look to an ever ageing industry and more importantly, so inexperienced engineers can learn from the many experts within the industry.

That is, the NGN (with members who will no doubt form part of the future CIGRE organisation) will provide the next generation of engineers to lead and to be at the forefront of the power industry in the 21st Century and beyond.

For those wanting to get involved within CIGRE and the NGN, this website will hopefully explain the process and the opportunities available to their members.

For those interested in CIGRE UK NGN, this website will explain the benefits, the process of joining and the opportunities available to its members.