CIGRE Study Committees (SCs)

CIGRE Study Committees (SCs)

There are 16 no. Study Committees within CIGRE which come under four broad categories; Equipment (A), Sub-systems (B), Electricity System and the Energy Market (C) and Information Technology and “New” Technology (D). Study Committee members are nominated by National Committees (NCs).

The following lists the scope of each Study Committee together with the appointed Irish member representative

Study Committee Category: Equipment (A)
Study Committee (SC) No. & Title Study Committee Scope Irish Representative Year appointed as Irish SC Representative
Power Generation and Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • Life management
  • Machine monitoring and diagnosis
  • Renewable generation
  • Large generators
  • High efficient electrical machines
Peter Kelly  2022
Power Transformers and Reactors
  • Design and manufacture
  • Application of material
  • Utilization, e.g. maintenance and operation , condition monitoring, life management, repair and refurbishment, disposal
  • Safety and environmental aspects, e.g. noise, oil spill, fire hazard and explosion
  • Economic/commercial aspects Machine monitoring and diagnosis
  • Quality assurance and testing
Brendan Diggin 2022
Transmission and Distribution Equipment
  • Design and development
  • New and improved test techniques
  • Maintenance, refurbishment and lifetime management
  • Reliability assessment and condition monitoring
  • Requirements presented by changing networks
  • Equipment related subject
Brian Perry




Study Committee Category: Technologies (B)
Study Committee (SC) No. & Title Study Committee Scope Irish Representative Year appointed as Irish SC Representative
Insulated Cables
  • Power cables in all phases of life
  • Submarine, underground, ducts, tunnels
  • HVDC and HVAC cable systems
John Martin 2022
Overhead Lines
  • Increase acceptability of overhead lines
  • Increase capacities of existing overhead lines
  • Increase reliability and availability of overhead lines
David Tuohy 2020
Substations and Electrical Installations
  • New substation concepts
  • Substation management issues
  • Life cycle management and maintenance
  • Impact of new communication standards and smart grids on existing and new substations
Hugh Cunningham 2020
DC Systems and Power Electronics
  • Responsible for HVDC systems and power electronics for AC systems
  • Its members are International experts from manufacturers, operators, user engineers, consultants and academics
  • Provides unbiased and balanced documents concerning economical, technical and environmental matters associated with its area of responsibility
  • The target audience includes engineers in the electrical supply industry, standardisation bodies, investors and regulators
John Ging  2024
Protection and Automation
  • Improved concepts of substation automation systems
  • Technical recommendations for IEC 61850
  • Application of numerical protections and substation automation systems
  • Methods to improve the performance of protection systems
  • Protection implications of new generation technologies
Ross Kelly 2024
Study Committee Category: Systems ( C )
Study Committee (SC) No. & Title Study Committee Scope Irish Representative Year appointed as Irish SC Representative
Power System Development & Economics
  • Planning for rapid development, uncertain generation and desired reliability (newly and rapidly developing countries, system performance, contingency planning, mass penetration of renewables, a greenfield approach)
  • Investment drivers, decision processes and tools (investment drivers, planning criteria, grid codes and the role of new technology, new investment decision processes, new tools and methods for increasing uncertainty)
  • Asset management practices including risk assessment now and in the future (risk management, broad trends and practices, new solutions for changing power system designs)
Derek Carroll
Power System Operation and Control
  • Control and switching for reliability: voltage, frequency and capacity limits
  • Reserves and emergency strategies
  • Management of fault and restoration situations
  • Short term planning and coordination of system capacity needs
  • Requirements and use of power system analysis and security assessment functionalities
  • Requirements, methods, tools for training of operators
  • Impact on system operation from institutional structures: regulators, trading and contracted ancillary services
Adrian Kelly 2022
Power system sustainability and environmental performance
  • Environmental impacts of power system development and operation
  • Global environmental changes and Power systems
  • Public acceptance of power system infrastructures
  • Stakeholders engagement and communication
  • Power system efficiency and environment
Des Cox  2024
Power System Technical Performance
  • Power quality
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Interference (EMC/EMI)
  • Insulation co-ordination
  • Lightning
  • Power systems performance models and numerical analysis
Geoff Love  2024
Electricity Markets and Regulation
  • Consequences of regulatory changes for the electric power sector
  • Regulatory incentives for investment
  • System implications of new generation technologies
  • Markets design’s impact on transmission system operation
  • Market design for integration of intermittent generation
Niamh Delaney 2024
Active Distribution Systems and Distributed Energy Resources
  • Dispersed energy resources connection and integration
  • Dispersed energy resources concepts in distribution systems operation and planning (Micro-grids and Active distribution networks)
  • Demand management and active customer integration
  • Rural electrification
Sinead Hanley 2024
Study Committee Category: New Materials and IT ( D )
Study Committee (SC) No. & Title Study Committee Scope Irish Representative Year appointed as Irish SC Representative
Materials and Emerging Test Techniques
  • Electrical insulating materials
  • Electrical conducting materials
  • High voltage and current test and measuring techniques
  • Diagnostic tools
No representative
Information systems telecommunications and cybersecurity
  • ICT applied to the networks of the future
  • Telecommunication networks in Electric Power utilities (architectures, media, protocols…)
  • New ICT architectures to control the bulk power systems (smart meter, smart grid, intelligent grid, control centres EMS, MMS etc…)
  • ICT governance within utilities – in-house versus outsourced
  • Information security within the Electric Power Utilities
Robert Groarke  2022