Conference Program

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Conference Topics

Power system operation and control

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ISO/TSO system control issues, system dynamics, containment of massive amount of intermittent generation, vehicles and grid, black out prevention, protection and control integration, data exchange issues, on-line control - FACTS and HVDC, dynamic security assessment, on-line monitoring - PMU and WAMS.

Energy markets, economics and legislation

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Market clearing, pricing, tariffs and metering, competition and risk management, generation scheduling, independent power producers, emission allowances and trading, generation capacity, legislation, grid codes and regulation, expansion and long term planning, power system economics.

Renewable energy sources, distribution, SmartGrids, consumption

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Renewable and distributed power sources, energy storage, distribution development, Smart Grids for transmission and distribution, demand side participation and response.

Development and planning of electricity systems - global trends and regional response

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Global trends in power system development, regional power system development and impact of global trends, infrastructures and investments in electricity sector, information exchange needs, standardization, new tools for technical performance assessment, power quality, integration of massive amount of renewables.

Education, training

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Ageing workforce, knowledge management, education programs and curricula, operator training.

Keynote Speakers

Zsolt Bertalan

CEO of the Hungarian Power Exchange (HUPX Ltd.)

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Mr. Bertalan has extensive experience of more than 15 years of professional work in the field of power industry. From the beginning he has had a leading role in the design and creation of the liberalized electricity market in Hungary. He had worked for twelve years at MAVIR the Hungarian TSO in various positions at last as CEO. One of his major achievements was the launch of the Hungarian power exchange, HUPX in 2010 and now he is the CEO of the company.
As former Chairman of the Hungarian Commercial Code Committee he played a key role in the adaption of the national legislative environment to the European regulation. Mr. Bertalan takes efforts to deploy a real internal energy market in Europe and plays a crucial role in the process of market coupling in the region.
Mr. Bertalan is the President of Smart Future Innovation Cluster, a platform of major international industrial players and small and medium scale companies aiming to develop and implement smart grid solutions in Hungary

Saulo Jose Nascimento Cisneiros

Vice Chair Cigré Brazil

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He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1973 and received the Master Science degree in power system engineering in 1978. He starts his carrier in an integrated generation and transmission company in 1972. He performed several positions and activities in other companies. At this time he performs as Executive Manager of North/Northeast Regional Office of the Brazilian System Operator and Vice Chair of Cigré-Brazil. He is “Distinguished Member” of Cigré, he was “Special Reporter” in the Paris Session 2006 and received the “Cigré Technical Committee Award” at that same year. He is “Honorary Member” of the Cigré Brazilian National Committee. He published more than 60 papers in national and international symposiums and sessions.

1. escription and analysis of the increasing complexity and challenges caused by the wide integration of renewables, as well as technical, economic and market impacts on both interconnected power system and electricity market considering both regulating and free contracting environments.

2. Measures to mitigate the risks for intermittent generation and to obtain adequate market efficiency in order to give better conditions to integrate intermittent generation considering the features of these sources.

3. Description and analysis of the increasing complexity and challenges caused by the new energy sources, the increasing environmental demands, the integration of intermittent generation especially in Brazilian coast and of hydroplants without reservoirs in the Amazon region, considering technical and economic impacts on the interconnected power system.

4. Proposals to overcome the emerging problems considering the features of the Brazilian power system, as well as technical and economic benefits.

5. The adequate mix of sources to supply the electricity demand considering security, efficiency and environmental issues including all the sources available: hydro with and without reservoir, thermal (gas + coal + nuclear) and renewable (wind + solar + biomass).

6. Energy in the international context including the main events that caused great impact in the energy market.

7. Conclusions and remarks about all the challenges and questions involved in this context.


Power system - energy sources - renewables - environment - wind generation - intermittent - seasonal - electricity market - market rules - changes - challenges - benefits.

Steve Heather

ENTSO-E System Operation Manager

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Currently Stephen is System Operations Manager at the European Network of System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) supporting the System Operations Committee which consists of 41 TSOs from across Europe. This is a secondment from National Grid, the Great Britain Transmission System Operator.
The ENTSO-E System Operations Committee supports TSO security coordination at pan-European level and promotes coherent system operations across and within synchronous areas. It contributes to ensure compatibility between system operation, market solutions and system development as well as design issues. Maintaining and improving the level of security of supply in Europe is today a major challenge for European TSOs. The operation of the electrical transmission systems is becoming increasingly complex, due to the increase of variable demand, new technologies and the developments of the electricity market. The increasing installation of dispersed generation on the one hand and less public acceptance for building new power system infrastructure on the other hand is adding to this complexity.
At ENTSO-E Stephen started as a Coordinated Operations Advisor working in the areas of TSO Coordination and support for the Network Code drafting process (especially Load Frequency Control and Reserves).
At National Grid, Stephen was a shift Operational Manager at the GB National Grid Control Centre. He has spent over 25 years in GB System Operation working across different timescales and areas such as planning, scheduling, and post event analysis. He has also spent time on major software projects and working on adapting processes to meet statutory and regulatory change.

Abstract - TSO Coordination in the new European Regulations for System Operation
Abstract: The European electricity system is increasingly integrated, allowing better distribution of electricity resources across all Member States. While European electricity generators, operators and distributors have been working together for decades, a highly integrated pan-European electricity system means consistent operational monitoring and coordination across Europe. This results in an increasing number of challenges as the sources of active power continue to change to enable decarbonisation. Network codes are sets of rules which apply to one or more parts of the energy sector. The need for them was identified during the course of developing the Third Energy Package. More specifically, Regulation (EC) 714/2009 sets out the areas in which network codes will be developed and a process for developing them. System Operational codes are written to accommodate these challenges in operating the Pan-European power system.
TSO Coordination is continuing to evolve to meet the challenges that operating the system with the changing power sources and also implement the Network Codes. TSOs within ENTSO-E have decided to implement and enforce a higher level of coordination among the TSOs for operating the European transmission system. Regional Security Coordination Initiatives (RSCIs) have been in place since 2008 for some TSOs, initially, to carry out cross border power flow security analysis. The services provided by RSCIs continue to evolve. Now ENTSO-E’s approach is based on an all-TSOs Multilateral Agreement to be developed in 2015, making participation in RSCIs mandatory for interconnected TSOs.

Konstantin Papailiou

Chairman of CIGRE SC “Overhead Lines”

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Konstantin O. Papailiou has received his doctorate degree from the the ETH Zürich and his habilitation from the Technical University of Dresden. Until his retirement at the end of 2011 he was CEO of the Pfisterer Group in Winterbach, Germany, a company he has served for more than 25 years. He is presently Chairman of the CIGRE Study Committee for Overhead Lines (SC B2). He has contributed numerous papers in professional journals, is co-author of the well-known EPRI “Orange Book” and has published at Springer a reference book on “Silicone Rubber Composite Insulators”. He is also teaching courses on Transmission Lines at the University of Stuttgart and the Technical University of Dresden.
He has recently been elected as Cigré Fellow and he is the Chief Editor of the Cigré Science and Engineering Journal.

Abstract - "Some like it hot!"
Abstract: Despite increasing electricity demand and the megatrend towards renewables, both requiring a significant extension of the grid, there are serious objections from the public for new overhead lines. The industry has reacted and has developed various options on how the power flow on existing lines can be increased, one of these being the use of high temperature conductors. The presentation will explain the background of the issue, describe the various types of such conductors (and their related fittings) and also summarize line monitoring methods.



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- Papers published online
- Final conference program published
- Welcome cocktail on Wednesday, September 23, at 20:00
- Paper deadlines extended!
- Abstract deadlines extended!
- Publication in SCOPUS-indexed journal
- Keynote speakers announced


Dates and deadlines

Abstract submission:
8 March ’15
22 March ’15

Abstract acceptance notification:
15 March ’15
29 March ’15

Paper submission:
3 May ’15
17 May ’15

Paper acceptance notification:
22 June ’1512 July ’15

Early payment:
31 July ’15

Final paper:
3 September ’15




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