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Welcome to Rio - International Seminar of Smart Grids

Rio de Janeiro is waiting for you in December 2017, during the International Seminar on Policies, Incentives, Technology and Regulation of Smart Grids. It will be an excellent opportunity to share their knowledge and to learn about smart grids: Polices, Incentives, Technologies and Regulation.

Enjoy with us during this journey!!!

Themes and Objectives

In December 2015, CIGRE-Brasil promoted a workshop about regulation of smart grids where a number of opportunities regarding future applications in Brazil were identified, mainly in the regulatory, technological and funding areas. During this event, in which many Brazilian and foreign experts presented their views, CIGRE-Brasil identified a great opportunity to promote an international seminar where people from all over the world could share their experiences. For the past few years, smart grids have been the main topic of fervent research and development at both industry and academy. Smart grids technologies are expected to enable high penetration for renewable energy, to facilitate the wide adoption of electrical vehicles, to increase the awareness and the involvement of the end-user in the energy market and to contribute to creating a sustainable lifestyle for the eco-aware, 21st century citizen. All these expected transformations shall bring with them numerous challenges and opportunities as this new scenario indicates that the electricity industry of the future will be very different from what it is today. Introduction of smart grid concepts and technologies in all contexts — generation, transmission, distribution, and commercialization — will definitely change the business model of the present electrical sector. The key theme of the seminar will be how to develop and to implement policies, incentives and technologies in order to improve regulation, yielding an electrical sector featuring lower costs, storage technologies, decarbonization, and a customer friendly insertion.


The event will be divided into two blocks:


The main seminar sessions will take place from December 4, Monday to December 6, Wednesday. A total of 6 sessions will be held with eight papers presented in each. International speakers invited will take part during seminar sessions in different days.

Cybersecurity short course

The Cybersecurity short course will happen on December 7, Thursday, at the same place. International speaker is Mr. Dennis Holstein (CONFIRMED).


Main Topics

The main topics for discussion will be:

  1. Policy and incentives to smart grids – cases of success and failure;
  2. Regulatory roadmap for smart grids: smart regulation – models and experiences;
  3. Metrics to quantify the benefits of smart grids to both end users and companies;
  4. Infrastructure for smart grids: data communications, cyber-security, operational technology, sensors and field devices, big data and other information technologies;
  5. New paradigms concerning the generation, transmission, distribution, and commercialization process in order to accommodate smart grids’ network technology;
  6. Benefits of smart grid to operate distributed generation with/without storage.
Publication of Papers

Papers will be available for downloading from the CIGRE-Brasil Web site before the Seminar for all registered participants. The three best papers will be published in CIGRE Science and Engineering. A summary report on the Seminar will be published in ELECTRA Magazine.


Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is made up of the following Study Committee Chairs:

C2 – System Operation and Control
B5 – Protection and Automation
C6 – Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation
D2 – Information Systems and Telecommunication


Organizing Committees
The Organizing Committee is chaired by Josias Matos Araujo, Chair of Brazil’s National CIGRE Committee:

The Local Organizing Committee is chaired by Luis Cláudio Silva Frade:
The Technical Committee is chaired by Eduardo de Oliveira Lima:

Submission of Papers

Participants wishing to present papers are invited to submit their abstracts (approximately 500 words) to Brazil’s National CIGRE in this site.

Abstracts, papers and presentations must be prepaired in English.

Authors must confirm their availability to present their contributions in English at the seminar.

Any doubts send a message for us at


Before sendind your abstract you must register. 


Authors are requested to note the following deadlines:

  • Receipt of abstracts: from January 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017. Extended to May 22.
  • Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2017.
  • Receipt of full papers: September 30, 2017. Extended to October 16, 2017.

Keynote Speakers

Rod Hughes has over 36 years’ experience in the power industry across Australia and internationally specifically involved in protective relay, instrumentation and metering solutions.  He was promoted to the position of HV Protection Product Director for Alstom in France, became the Engineering Manager for a transmission utility in Australia and led consulting firms, eventually in 2009 establishing his own private consulting firm focused on change management advisory along with IEC 61850 deployment and vendor-agnostic training services .  Over the last 10 years he has become one of the few industry recognised vendor-independent Australian trainers for IEC 61850 and advocate of advanced engineering tools for the application of intelligent systems in all aspects of power system:

Rodney Hughes

Felipe Gonçalves  completed his master in Production Engineering at COPPE / UFRJ.  He is graduated in Production Engineering at Universidade Federal Fluminense, with more than 15 years of experience in operation management, optimization of production systems and organizational strategic planning. His interests in research are: Models of Energy Planning, Data Science and Machine Learning applied to the Energy Sector.He is doing a doctoral in Operational Research.


Felipe Gonçalves

André Pepitone da Nobrega is a specialist in Regulation of Public Energy Services. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Brasília (UnB) and has a postgraduate degree in Geotechnics from UnB, other  postgraduate degree in Theory and Operation of National Economy by George Washington University in the USA.

Pepitone has been the Director of the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) since August 2010. Throughout his career at ANEEL, he held positions of manager of the team of authorizations for renewable energy projects (2000-2001 technical advisor in the area of economic studies of the energy market (2002-2006) and adviser to the Board (2006-2010).

The Director is the only effective servant of the regulatory career to make up the governing body of the Agency, having been nominated to hold the second term in 2014. Among his main research interests are policies for renewable energy, smart grids, path modeling Renewable energy systems and liberalization of energy markets.

Between May 2012 and May 2014, Pepitone served as Director of the Brazilian Association of Regulatory Agencies – ABAR. In March 2015, he was elected Second Vice-President of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Entities – ARIAE.

André Pepitone da Nóbrega

Cybersecurity Short Course


Speaker – Dennis Holstein

Dennis Holstein completed his post graduate work (BS, MS, and Engineer) in Engineering in 1968. After retiring from the Aerospace industry in 1998, Dennis formed OPUS Consulting Group to focus attention on cybersecurity solutions for industrial automation systems in critical infrastructures. Dennis is very active in IEEE, IEC, ISA, CIGRE, and OMG. He currently chairs: CIGRE WG D2.38 (A framework for EPU operators to manage a response to cyber-initiated threats to their critical infrastructure). In 2015 he served as Special Reporter for CIGRE Study Committee B5’s colloquium and will serve as Special Reporter for CIGRE Study Committee D2’s colloquium in 2017. Dennis is very active in bridging safety and security in IEC TC65WG20 and ISA99. Dennis uses a combination of system engineering and soft system tools (SysML and BPMN) to develop static and dynamic models of the behavior of complex systems and situations. He uses these models to translate perceived cybersecurity situations into a format that enables a structured discussion and debate. In 2008 Dennis received CIGRE’s Distinguished Member recognition and in September 2015 CIGRE Study Committee B5’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition for his contribution, commitment and dedication. Dennis is widely published and frequently lectures on cybersecurity solutions.

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