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Power Distribution - old networks facing major challenges

Jointly organised by IEE Singapore Branch & IEEE Power Engineering Chapter Singapore

Speaker: John Scott
Technical Director, OFGEM
Date & time: Thursday, 13 November 2003
(*including optional buffet dinner)
Venue: Singapore Polytechnic Staff Centre
500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651
Fees: Talk:   
IEE / IEEE members: FREE
Non-members: $10
$15 for everyone

Participants are encouraged to stay for a BUFFET DINNER after the talk to network with fellow engineers and the speaker.  Dinner is set at a nominal fee of $15.00. To facilitate catering, please register your intent to stay for dinner by 6th November 2003.  You may pay for the dinner on the day itself.

Please register using this registration form, and for information and map to the Singapore Polytechnic Staff Centre.


6:30pm - Registration & Cocktails
7:15pm - Seminar (John Scott)
8:00pm - Q & A session
8:15pm - Dinner
10:00pm - End


John Scott will describe the recent work being undertaken in the UK to address the challenges that are anticipated for their distribution networks and the companies that run them. These networks are in many cases approaching their renewal age, but is replacement the right way forward? The move towards greener generation (renewable and Combined Heat & Power), is expected to result in a growth in distributed generation connected at all distribution levels. John will describe the work undertaken to promote best practices in Asset Risk Management and the survey undertaken by the UK regulator, Ofgem. He will also review the case for developing 'active' distribution networks, the need for innovative approaches, and the regulatory incentives being considered.

About the Speaker:

John Scott is the Technical Director for OFGEM, the British electricity and gas regulatory body. His present activities include security of supply, distributed generation, and asset risk management in the gas and electricity regulated companies.

John's recent background was Director of Engineering for National Grid Company in the UK. He was previously the manager of the new National Control Centre, and prior to that the Area transmission manager responsible for East Anglia and East London.

His career has a technical base in power system planning and in distribution company operations. He joined the industry in 1969 with London Electricity Board, and followed their student apprenticeship programme. Following experience with field activities in London, he moved to Southern Area Board undertaking design and network modelling responsibilities. This was followed by a move to the Central Electricity Generating Board, System Technical Branch, where he led the group responsible for voltage control and reactive compensation.

John is a Fellow of the IEE, he chairs the IEE’s Professional Network Executive (Power Systems & Equipment), and is a member of the Energy Sector Panel.


Around 40 people attend this seminar to hear the incentives set up by OFGEM, UK to encourage electric companies to invest in new technologies for improving system security, reliability and quality.

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