I mentioned in the last newsletter that we were looking at a number of action items that, when completed, will benefit our members and stakeholders. I am pleased to report that we have agreed on a Mission and Vision statement which should be used consistently across all parts of the organisation. Although CIGRE has always had an idea of the Mission and Vision, different presentations on the organisation did not portray a consistent wording. We considered this to be unprofessional and the Steering Committee worked on this among other issues in December and early January. The Mission wording is “To be the world’s foremost collaborative technical reference organization for all aspects of electric power systems”. Importance is placed on the word collaborative and reference. Collaborative being the way we operate via obtaining views and inputs from experts in all areas of the world. Reference implies we produce documents which can be referred to for information from which persons can make their decisions. CIGRE is not an organization to state a position but rather to provide information in an unbiased an objective manner to enable others to make informed position decisions. The Vision wording is “To be universally recognised as the leading global organisation for all aspects of electric power systems”. The emphasis here being on ALL aspects of electric power systems. This includes all voltages, microgrids, smart grids, beyond meter solutions, markets etc. There is a suggestion to use CIGRE as a brand rather than an acronym as the “Council for large electric systems” seems to imply exclusion of lower voltages which is not true. It is proposed to use the slogan CIGRE – sustainable electricity for all. This is a simple and clear message as to what CIGRE is about and wishes to achieve. Of course all members are free to comment on these and any other matter. The aim is to improve the value of CIGRE to its members. Our work is so vital to the technical establishment of sustainable, reliable and cost effective networks that if we benefit our members we benefit the society as a whole. My view is that CIGRE is an integral critical component for sustainable energy into the future.
Hope to see you at a CIGRE function in the near future.