8th Annual CIGRE Canada Conference, Calgary, 2013


The event was held 9-11 September 2013, at the Westin Calgary Hotel, Canada.

Over 320 registrants attended the 8th annual CIGRE Canada Conference hosted by AltaLink Management Ltd. The theme of the conference was “Modernizing the Grid to Better Serve Evolving Customer Needs”.

The event included workshops, student posters, panel sessions, and technical paper presentations. Four workshops were conducted prior to the event. SC B5 Protection and Automation presented the morning workshops, “Lifecycle Management for Protection and Control Systems”, and “Industry Updates on Protection, Control and Automation”. In the afternoon SC A3 High Voltage Equipment presented “High Voltage Equipment Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA), New Applications and Developments” followed by the SC B4 HVDC & Power Electronics workshop on “Developments and Applications of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Grid."

The conference was opened by Mike Bartel, Conference Chair, and Mohamed Rashwan, CIGRE Canada Chairman. The keynote speaker Dennis Frehlich, Interim President and CEO of AltaLink Management Ltd., addressed the role of the customers in defining that future and the future path of the power and transmission industries.

Three CIGRE panel sessions discussed “Customer values and impact”, “HVDC in Alberta” and “Innovation for The Electric Industry – What we are doing to serve evolving customer needs”. Fifty four technical papers in parallel sessions focused on CIGRE Study Committees A3, B4, B5, C2, C6, D1, and D2.

Student submissions from 10 universities were displayed during the Student Poster Sessions. The winning entry was “Accurate Fault Location Estimation in Transmission Lines Under High DC-offset and Sub-Harmonic Conditions.
During the breaks and evening receptions the attendees were able to discuss the modernization of the grid to server evolving customer needs with over 35 exhibitors.






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