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2007-05 New challenges to ancillary services regulation and operation
November 14-16, 2007


   Competitive mechanisms have been introduced during the last years in the planning, management, and operation of Electric Power Systems, also including regulation and procurement of ancillary services. This fact, together with the introduction of new generation technologies such as wind or combined cycle power plants, and the need for increased participation in the markets of active demands, make necessary a deep review of the current situation and prospective evolution of ancillary services management methods.
   This course aims at providing a forum to discuss issues related with the new challenges in ancillary services regulation an operation. The main topics that will be addressed in the course are:
   • Current regulation and procurement of ancillary services, specifically load frequency control and voltage control. International experiences will be presented.
   • System security and emergency operation. Current practices.
   • Prospective of generation ancillary services from the supply side. Changes in current structure and new proposals (pumping units, wind generators, etc.).
   • Integration of active participation of the demand side. Ancillary services supplied by demands. Possibilities, procurement mechanisms and limitations. Load shedding and financial agreements keeping quality of supply requirements.


Dr. Ignacio Egido (

   Ignacio Egido received his M.S. and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas de Madrid, Spain, in 2000 and 2005. He is currently a Researcher of the Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain. He has been involved in several research projects related to AGC and power system stability in collaboration with several Spanish generation companies and the Spanish system operator. His interests include power system modelling, simulation, analysis, operation and control.


Dr. Francisco M. Echavarren (

   Francisco M. Echavarren was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1977. He received the degree of Electrical Engineer from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in 2001. In July 2001 he joined the 'Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica' of 'Universidad Pontificia Comillas', as a Research Assistant. In 2006 he received the PhD degree from the same University. His areas of interest include many issues of modeling, analysis and simulation of power systems, such as voltages stability phenomena, analysis of power system constraints, power system relaying, etc. He is professor of the Electrical Engineering Department, teaching in the laboratories of "Electromagnetics Fundamentals II", "Dynamic Circuits & Systems" and "Electrometry".



P. Bertolini

F. M. Echavarren
IIT – Universidad Pontificia Comillas

I. Egido
IIT – Universidad Pontificia Comillas

E. Giraut

F. Guy

M. L. Llorens

J. Peças Lopes

J. M. Rodríguez
The Netherlands

R. Martínez Campillo

L. Meeus

J. V. Ordóñez
Global 3 Energía

K. Uhlen
SINTEF Energy Research

T. van Cutsem
University of Liège


Course duration and location

From Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 of November 2007, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain

Courses Contents

This course is intended for professionals from transmission system operators, regulators, generation companies, customers (industrial facilities), consultants and post-graduate students.

  • Wednesday November 14th
  •   8:30-9:00 Course registration
      9:00-10:00 Presentation and Technical Backgroud (I. Egido and F.M. Echavarren)
    10:00-11:30 Future of ancillary services in Spain (Maria Luisa Llorens)
    11:30-12:00 Coffee break
    12:00-13:30 Present and future of ancillary services in Norway (K. Uhlen)
    13:30-15:30 Lunch
    15:30-17:00 Future of ancillary services in France (P. Bertolini and F. Guy)

  • Thursday November 15th

  •   8:30-10:00 New ancillary services provided by generators (R. Martinez Campillo)
    10:00-11:30 Distributed generation challenges in ancillary services (J. Peças Lopes)
    11:30-12:00 Coffee break
    12:00-13:30 Ancillary services and voltage stability control (T. van Cutsem)
    13:30-15:30 Lunch
    15:30-17:00 Design and development of ancillary services markets (L. Meeus)

  • Friday November 16th

  •   8:30-9:30 Ancillary services role in UCTE power system security (J. M. Rodríguez)
      9:30-10:30 Wind power participation in ancillary services (E. Giraut)
    10:30-11:30 New traders in ancillary services markets (J. V. Ordóñez)
    11:30-12:00 Coffee break
    12:00-13:30 Round table

    Course fees

    The course fees include lectures, documentation, coffee breaks and lunches according to the registration option.

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

    Please make a bank transfer to the following bank account:

    Bank: BBVA
    Address: C/ Alcalá 16, 28014 Madrid
    Account number: 0182-2370-45-0201510629
    IBAN: ES18-0182-2370-4502-0151-0629

    and please send or fax a copy of the bank transfer to

    Ms. Cristina Ruiz
    Phone : (+34) 915 40 61 07 Fax : (+34) 915 42 31 76
    Courses' Cancellation Policy: notifications should be sent in writing to the course Coordinators. Cancellations received one week before the course will not be refunded


    Registration form

    Course Leaflet and Registration Form



    Special rates have been arranged at the following hotels (please refer to Universidad Pontificia Comillas when booking).

    c/ Marqués de Urquijo, 4
    P. (+34) 915481900
    F. (+34) 915413958
    100€+IVA (breakfast inc.)
    NH Alb. Aguilera
    c/ Alberto Aguilera, 18
    P. (+34) 914460900
    F. (+34) 914460904
    140€+IVA (breakfast inc.)

    Map and information



    Ms. Cristina Ruiz
    Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica
    Universidad Pontificia Comillas
    Alberto Aguilera, 23 E-28015 Madrid, Spain
    Phone : (+34) 915 40 61 07 Fax : (+34) 915 42 31 76

    Deadline for inscriptions: November 1st 2007