History & Purpose

CIGRÉ (International Council on Large Electric Systems) is a permanent non-governmental and non profit-making International Association based in France. It was founded in 1921 and aims to:

Facilitate and devlop the exchange of
engineering knowledge and information,
between engineering personnel and
technical specialists in all countries as
regards generation and high voltage
transmission of electricity

Add value to the knowledge and information
exchanged by sythesizing state-of-the-art
and world practice.

Make managers, decision-makers and
regulators aware of the synthesis of
CIGRE’S work in the area of electric power.

More specifically, issues related to the planning and operation of power systems, as well as the design, construction, maintenance and disposal of HV equipment and plants are at the core of CIGRE’s Mission. Problems related to protection of electrical systems, to telecontrol and telecommunication equipment, are also part of CIGRE’s area of concern.

CIGRE shall be recognized as the leading worldwide Organization on Electric Power Systems, covering their technical, economic, environmental, organizational and regulatory aspects.

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