Founded in France in 1921, the International Council on Large Electric Systems is holding its 45th General Session in Paris this week. This biennial international conference on electric power systems attracts the largest number of international influential decision makers, technology experts and specialists from the worldwide power industry. Overall the number of delegates attending the 2014 event is expected to exceed 3,000, of which some 90% will be international attendees from more than 90 countries.
T&D World Editorial Director Rick Bush is there, covering the entire event, making connections and having fun. Check out his perspective on the this year's CIGRE Session.
Held every two years, the CIGRÉ General Session has a reputation for providing a unique opportunity for the delegates, companions and exhibitors to share their knowledge and xperience. The electricity industry continues to address new challenges to meet the demands from an increasing world population for an economic, reliable and secure supply of electrical energy.
The industry faces these challenges at a time when traditional forms of fossil-fuel-fired generation are being phased out to minimize carbon-dioxide emissions and further development of nuclear generation is being curtailed. Many forms of sustainable renewable energy systems have and continue to be developed, requiring huge capital investment, and in many instances, this is being funded from large subsidies collected by end-customer tariffs.