NGN Upcoming events

CIGRE UK NGN Upcoming Events:

The CIGRE UK NGN organises several events for its members throughout the year, such as technical presentations, site visits and workshops. At Technical Events, you can find out about the latest power system developments and network with your peers. The NGN Steering Committee holds monthly conference calls to organise upcoming events and discuss new ideas for supporting the development of its members. Finally, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) combines these two and gives an opportunity for the members to elect new candidates for the Steering Committee roles and direct the NGN’s future.

To hear about our next events make sure to join our LinkedIn group page here, follow us on Twitter @CIGREUKNGN and suscribe to the newsletterPlease also check the UK National Committee events page for other events that may be of interest to NGN members.

Resiliency of the Grid, a collaborative webinar between CIGRE UK NGN and CIGRE Italy NGN

Date & time: Friday 19th March, 2021 | 4:30pm to 5.30pm GMT, 5:30pm to 6:30 pm CET

Description: Recent blackouts in Texas brought the Grid Resilience into the front line again. Are you interested in quantifying the Grid Resilience? Are you interested in understanding how Grid Resilience is tackled in different countries? Please join us in our next online technical webinar, organised in collaboration between CIGRE UK NGN and CIGRE Italy NGN.



  • 5min, Introduction to Italy NGN
  • 5min, Introduction to UK NGN
  • 20min, Dr. Luigi Calcara (University of Roma “La Sapienza”- Italy) ‘Heat waves effects on MV electrical grid’
  • 20min, Dr. Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña (University of Manchester – UK) ‘Techno-economic modelling and assessment of forward resilience measures’
  • 10min, Round table discussion


Dr. Luigi Calcara (IT, presentation 1)

Dr. Luigi Calcara

Dr. Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña (UK, presentation 2)

Dr. Eduardo Alejandro Martinez Cesena

Abstracts: Presentation 1 (Title: ‘Heat waves effects on MV electrical grid’) – In the last years, the frequency and the intensity of adverse meteorological conditions are on the rise and climate changes have the potential to affect negatively the electrical systems in many different ways. Local or extended electrical outages have been and are caused by extremely severe negative meteorological events of different nature, like strong wind, wet snow, heavy rain and heat waves. Of course, such interruptions of electrical system affect also critical infrastructures with a negative impact on all the human and industrial activities. To face this reality, the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (ARERA), established new more stringent rules to maintain high standards of power quality services also through more resilient electrical system. For this reason, there have been established very ambitious benchmark values for the key performance indicators, normally used to evaluate the quality of electric service. With the aim to increase the resilience of the distribution electrical networks, the DSOs are studying and developing new grid operations with improved assets adopting also advanced electrical technologies. In particular, the medium voltage joints are currently one of the components which require more attention: in fact, they make the system more vulnerable due to possible imperfections introduced during the construction phase both for unperfect manpower and for the complexity of the operations.

Presentation 2 (Title: ‘Techno-economic modelling and assessment of forward resilience measures’) – The importance of developing resilience energy systems is attracting research interest due to the recent climate change-driven extreme weather events experienced in different parts of the world. For example, in the UK, Ofgem (the network regulator) has highlighted the importance of considering resilience when developing the power system. However, as resilience is still an emerging topic, there are no standardised metrics and methodologies to quantify resilience and include it in operation and planning practices. This presentation provides an overview of the latest research from The University of Manchester which aims to address these research gaps. To be more specific, the key differences between classical reliability and resilience studies will be presented. The adequacy of different metrics and approaches used to quantify resilience will also be discussed. Proposed approaches to simulate the impacts of extreme events such as wind storms and floods will then be explored in the context of smart systems in urban areas and off-grid systems in isolated locations. The effectiveness of different resilience measures, such as asset hardening and the use of system flexibility, will be discussed in different contexts.

Bios: Luigi Calcara – Luigi Calcara (1990) received (2015) the Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Roma “La Sapienza”. Part of his thesis was supported by Enel Distribuzione with a training stage developing the work titled “Advanced systems for temperature monitoring to reduce the rate of failures of electric distribution lines in underground medium voltage cables”. This contribution was honored (2016) by the CEI Award as one of the Best Italian Master Degree Thesis.

In 2020 he received his PhD degree, with the valuation with honors, at the University of Roma “La Sapienza” developing a work thesis on the subject of Electrical Resilience: Technological Aspects.

From 2020 he is Contract Professor of “Electric Components” for Electrical Engineering Master Degree at the University of Roma “La Sapienza”. From 2021 he is Assistant Professor at the same University.

He was the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Dielectric Liquids 2019 (IEEE DEI Society).

From 2018 he is member of the local organizing committee of the annual IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical ENegineering.

In 2017 he was Co-Guest Editor of the ELSEVIER Electric Power System Research Journal for the Special Issue on Advances in HV Systems.

He also served and is still serving the IEEE DEI Society as Co-Guest Editor of two subsequent Special Issues (2018 and 2020) on Liquid Dielectrics of the Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulations.

From 2016 he is member of CEI CT10 and IEC TC 10 “Fluids for electrotechnical applications”.

Up to 2020 he was chair of the IEEE Sapienza Student Branch.

Currently, he is President of the Roma Youth Section of the Electrical Italian Association (AEIT). He is CIGRE D1 Italian Representative Secretary (Materials and Emerging Test Techniques) and member of the CIGRE D1.68 “Natural and synthetic esters – Evaluation of the performance under fire and the impact on environment”.

Dr Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña is an academic fellow in multi-energy systems at The University of Manchester. His research interests include business case assessment, decision making under uncertainty, and modelling of resilient integrated electricity/heat/gas systems. He has co-authored over 50 research papers in high ranking journals and international conferences, and has participated in over a dozen UK and international research projects; currently leading a 10 researchers team and holding ~£1.5M in active research projects. He is also is a member of CIGRE C6/C1.33, Multi-Energy Systems, and the secretary of CIGRE C6/C2.34, Flexibility provision from distributed energy resources.

Career Management and Grid Modernization Workshop With a relaunch of the CIGRE UK Young Members Mentoring Program

CIGRE UK NGN was established to connect younger generations with senior generations. To ensure that everyone’s opinions and views are heard. We bring a fresh look to an ageing industry and more importantly, to give inexperienced engineers opportunities to learn from experts within the industry.

We invited John D. McDonald, P.E., the CIGRE US NC VP, an IEEE Life Fellow and CIGRE Distinguished member, from GE Grid Solutions and Renewable Energy, to deliver two talks. John will introduce how to manage a career first, based on his 46 years of experience in the electric utility, transmission and distribution industry. Then, he will give another talk about “Grid Modernisation”. This webinar will focus on the technological advancement beyond Smart Grid.

At the same time, CIGRE UK NGN will also reintroduce one of its most important activities, the CIGRE UK NGN Mentoring Program. This is a fantastic opportunity for the mentees to get involved in CIGRE and obtain career development suggestions from senior experienced members in the industry.

Time: Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 2:00-5.00 PM (UK time)

Platform: Microsoft Teams Live


Global and UK Energy Challenges and Opportunities for Young Members

Decarbonisation and the current pandemic has created challenges to power industry, but they have also created opportunities. Here in the UK, the carbon intensity of the electricity system has halved over the last five years. We have seen the longest period of coal-free operation in Britain (67 days) and an impressive 83.77% share of zero carbon sources on June 21. These are underpinned by new technologies and more intelligent ways of using energy to tackle the challenges that decarbonisation brings. These are the exciting areas where young engineers and professionals can get involve and contribute to the global effort of decarbonisation.

We are excited and honoured to have the President of CIGRE and the Chair of CIGRE UK to share their insights.

The topics/speakers are:

  • ‘Electricity Supply Systems of the Future – Challenges and Opportunities’ by Rob Stephen, President of CIGRE
  • ‘Energy Transition, Decarbonization and the Impact of COVID-19 on Our Industry and Implications for Our Next Generation Engineers’ by Adam Middleton, Chair of CIGRE UK, CEO of Siemens Energy B.V.

This event is organised by CIGRE UK NGN and will be hosted by the University of Birmingham. It is also the first webinar of the Birmingham Power Systems Young Professional Seminar Series. The series will invite leading experts worldwide to share their technical expertise and career advice with young professionals in the energy sector. It provides a platform for young professionals to learn and engage with peers around the globe.

Time: Wednesday 19th August, 2020 02:00 PM (UK time)

Platform: Zoom/Youtube


Contingency Plan

It is becoming apparent that we may face a national and international COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis over the coming weeks and months. Given that this is unprecedented, there is very little certainty on offer. The CIGRE UK NGN committee has therefore decided to postpone the following two events until further notice.

  1. GE Strafford Transformer Site Visit – Grid of Future (Stafford, Wed, 29 April 2020)

This event, organised by CIGRE UK NGN will take you to the GE Stafford transformer site. The first half of the event will be three talks from industry on related topics and a factory tour in the afternoon.

  1. Big Bang Bucks STEM event (Aylesbury, 25th June 2020)

To inspire primary and secondary school pupils around Buckinghamshire (10-14 years old) in STEM subjects and give them the opportunity to attend a range of STEM workshops, science shows and participate in an interactive STEM fair.

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The overall aim of our plan is to engage our members through different events in the next few months, albeit in different ways, e.g. online streaming, and at a different pace to our normal provision. We recognise this is not ideal, and that we may have to put in place further mitigations later in the calendar year once normal activity can resume.