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European engineering chief to attend major electricity conference

13 June 2013


The head of Europe’s largest professional engineering and technology institution, and joint owner of CIRED, one of the world’s major international electricity conference and exhibitions, will join 1,400 delegates when he attends the event this week.

Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), will be attending the 22nd biennial CIRED event taking place in Kista, Stockholm, Sweden.

CIRED is co-owned by the IET and the Belgian engineering association AIM, and it is the first time that Mr Fine will attend the event. He will be joining some of the world’s leading experts on electricity distribution.

The event is set to be one of the largest to date, with over 800 presentations of the latest international electricity distribution research and 90 exhibitors from all over the world, including the IET, showcasing their products and services.

Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive, said: “The IET has been associated with CIRED since its launch over 40 years ago. There are a number of key challenges facing the electricity distribution industry, including the connection of renewable and other generation plant to networks which have traditionally carried electricity from large power stations in one direction only.

“In the UK, the development of smart grids to manage the potential demand coming from electric vehicles and heat pumps is a growing issue. These are issues of particular importance and interest to the IET and are typical of the areas of our professional expertise on which we regularly submit objective independent and authoritative advice and evidence to the UK Government.

“I am very much looking forward to attending CIRED and hearing from a number of experts and discussing these issues in more detail.”

Sven Lindgren, Senior Advisor, Vattenfall Eldistribution AB and Chairman of the CIRED Swedish National Committee, said: “The CIRED Conferences have developed enormously over the last ten years and have been successful on all fronts.”

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912
Email: rbeahan@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

About CIRED:

The first CIRED Conference was organised in May 1971 by AIM - Association des Ingénieurs de Montefiore, Belgium, as the result of the interest shown in their previous conference held in Liège in 1969 on the same subject. Similarly, in the UK, the large amount of interest shown in conferences on electricity distribution held in Edinburgh by the UK Electrical Research Association (ERA) in 1967 and by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) - and ERA jointly in 1970 demonstrated the need for an international conference on this subject. In order to avoid a major overlap between the existing conferences, it was decided to hold a conference every two years, under the name of CIRED, alternately in Belgium and the United Kingdom. The growing interest in CIRED activities and the increasingly important part of the exhibition have led the organisers to move outside from Belgium and the UK and to consider every two years changing venue in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.cired2013.org

About the IET:

The IET is leading the development of an international engineering and technology community, sharing and advancing knowledge to enhance people’s lives. The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence®. For more information, visit: www.theiet.org.