CIGRE B5 Industry Updates

CIGRE Study Committee B5

by Richard Adams, PSC, UK

News from CIGRE Study Committee B5   Protection and Automation

The 2024 Paris Session will take place 25 – to 30 August, and takes place between the Paris Olympic Games, which will be held from 24 July to 11 August 2024, and the Paralympic Games, which will take place from 28 August to 8 September 2024 (3-day overlap.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been pre-empting the main hotels and reception venues in Paris, while it finalizes its own requirements and as a result availability for the Paris Session week is very poor. 

Some hotels have guaranteed the availability of many rooms for Paris 2024 to Central Office, and booking is now available at:

If you are planning to attend the Paris Session, please bear this in mind and try to book accommodation well in advance.

SC B5 accepted 110 papers from the synopses, and these are expected shortly for review. 

The two B5 preferential subjects are as follows:

  • PS1:Practical experiences and new developments of Process bus:
    • Experience feedback and implementations of IEC 61850 based process bus
    • Synergies with virtualization and hardware consolidation
    • Use of process-near interface Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) and Low Power Instrument Transformers (LPIT)
  • PS2: Acceptance, Commissioning, and Field Testing for Protection, Automation and Control Systems:
    • Current practices and experience feedback
    • Challenges and Perspectives for a new era of Protection, Automation and Control Systems
    • Skills, tools and testing methods

Progress to complete some longstanding Working Groups remains good with a couple of groups now close to completion. 

Working Group B5.64 (Methods for Specification of Functional Requirements of Protection, Automation and Control) have finalized their brochure and it has been submitted for publication shortly.  


Richard Adams is Team Leader – Engineering with PSC in UK. He has a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a member of the organizing committee for the IET DPSP (Developments in Power System Protection) conference. He is currently Secretary for CIGRE Study Committee B5, having been involved in CIGRE since 2003, initially as UK Regular Member, then later as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group. In 2020 he was awarded the CIGRE Distinguished Member award. Richard is married with three children and likes to get out walking if there’s time.