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2005-04 Wide Area Monitoring And Control In Power Systems
August 31-September 1, 2005


  The introduction of Phasor Measurements Units (PMUs) based on GPS technology has made it possible to make synchronized measurements of important power systems quantities. This can be used to get better and more reliable information about the operating status of the power system in real time. Systems based on these technological developments have already been implemented and with the increasing loading of vast continental power systems the importance of these new systems will be more apparent and further installations are foreseen. A variety of completely new applications in real-time control and special protection schemes will be possible by using PMU measurements. A commonly used name for these applications is Wide Area Monitoring and Control (WAMC).The objective of this course is to give to give an overview of the possibilities and limitations offered by the PMU technology. Furthermore, the integration of PMU measurements in the existing control systems will be discussed and future applications of the technology. The course will also provide information about and experiences from existing WAMC systems. Current research in the field will be presented.
A study visit to the national control centre of Switzerland will be made. The Swiss transmission system coordinator has here installed a PMU based system for monitoring of critical power lines through Switzerland.


Prof. Göran Andersson (

   Gianluigi Migliavacca was born in 1965, received his degree in Electronic Engineering from the Politechnic University of Milan in 1991. In 1994 he was engaged in the Automation Research Center of ENEL where he has been responsible of research activities in the field of mathematical modeling and numerical methods for the dynamic simulation of thermal power plants. In 2000 he joined CESI in Milan where he works, now, on methodologies and studies on issues regarding energy markets and cross border trade. During the year 2003 he gave a significant contribution to a study on the implementation of locational signals in the frame of the evolution of the Internal Electricity Market of the European Community, carried out on behalf of EURELECTRIC. At present he is also involved in a consultancy to the Italian Energy and Gas Regulatory Authority about the so called Athens process, aiming at setting up a common competitive market for energy and gas in all the Countries of South East Europe.
At the same time he is also acting as a consultant for the Italian Energy and Gas Regulatory Authority about the issues regarding Cross Border Trade and congestion management issues in multi-national energy markets.
He is also member of the technical committee power plants and power systems of IFAC and involved in the evaluation process of the papers presented both to the IFAC World Congresses and to the Power Plants and Power systems Symposia.


Julian Barquin
Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Massimo Beccarello
Italian Energy Authority

Ettore Bompard
University of Torino

Jean-Marie Coulondre

Gianluigi Migliavacca

Florentina Mihailescu

Fabio Tambone
Italian Energy Authority

Course duration and location

Three days, from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st of September 2005. CESI S.p.A., via Rubattino, 54, 20134, Milano - Italy.


Courses Contents

This course is targeted to post-graduate students interested both in an overview of the evolution trends of the European energy markets and in the modeling tools used for markets simulation in complex regulatory frameworks.

Although this course does not provide a systematic exposition of all the basics of games theory, nonetheless it can be also followed by those who are interested in a short introduction to games theory and, in particular, to its applications to the simulation of electricity markets.

Monday, September 19th

9.00 – 9.30 Course registration

9.30 – 11.30 Introduction to the course (G. Migliavacca)

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.30 Evolution perspectives and necessity of integration of the electricity markets in the EU Countries (J. M. Coulondre)

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.30 Evolution perspectives and necessity of integration of the electricity markets in the ECSEE Countries (F. Mihailescu)

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break

16.30 – 17.30 Engagement of the Italian Authority in the Florence and Athens processes (F. Tambone)

Tuesday, September 20th

9.00 – 12.30 Classification of market simulator. Basic of games theory (G. Migliavacca)

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

12.30 – 13.30 Application of simulation to regulatory impact assessment (M. Beccarello)

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00 Illustration of CESI-Politecnico di Torino mid and long-term simulator (E. Bompard)

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 Illustration of Comillas simulator (J. Barquin)

Wednesday, September 21st

9.00 – 12.30 Hands-on session with CESI-Politecnico di Torino simulator (E. Bompard)

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30-17.00 Hands-on session with Comillas simulator (J. Barquin)

17.00-17.30 Course Conclusions (G. Migliavacca)

Course fees

The course fees include lectures, documentation, coffee breaks and lunches.

Members of the EES-UETP: 525 EUR
University non members of the EES-UETP: 900 EUR
Industry non members of the EES-UETP: 1500 EUR

Account n°: 00146956/01/40
ABA Routing n°: ABI 03069 CAB 09420
IBAN: IT 19 R 03069 09420 001469560140

And please send of fax a copy of the bank transfer to
Mrs. Anna Ballarini
Phone: +39 02 2125 5018
Fax: +39 02 2125 5579

Courses’ Cancellation Policy: notifications should be sent in writing to the course Coordinator. Cancellations received one week before the course will not be refunded.

Registration form

To register to the EES-UETP course, please download the form below, fill it up, and send or fax a copy before July 15th 2005 to:

Mrs. Anna Ballarini
CESI spa
Via Rubattino, 54
I-20134- Milano, Italy
Phone: +39 02 2125 5018
Fax: +39 02 2125 5579

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The price for a single-room with breakfast ranges from : 70 to 150 EUR.
The closest and most convenient accommodation is Hotel Gamma, via Valvassori Peroni, nr. 85 - tel. +39.02.26413152 – fax. 2640255. Reservations before August 15th, 2005 are warmly recommended.


Mrs. Anna Ballarini
CESI spa
Via Rubattino 54, I-20134 Milano, Italy
Phone: +39 02 2125 5018
Fax: +39 02 2125 5579