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Cloud-based SCADA/EMS at Statnett

The SCADA requirements of managing the energy system are growing rapidly as decentralisation takes root. As utilities transition from managing relatively few centralised generation units to millions of DERs, the computing and storage requirements of their SCADA infrastructure must expand accordingly.

Cloud technology provides an appealing solution to this challenge, but with the critical nature of SCADA infrastructure, making this transition is fraught with challenges. Not only is it difficult to build the business case for potentially disruptive wholesale system changes, but there are serious questions about the cybersecurity risks introduced by cloud-based technology, as well as a diverse range of implementation approaches which must be weighed up against each other.

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, we will be joined by Statnett’s Siv Hilde Houmb and Charlotte Husø, who will be presenting their journey so far to cloud-based SCADA/EMS infrastructure, detailing the functional requirements, system architectures, and cybersecurity mitigation strategies they have deployed in their solution. We caught up with them this week to hear a sneak preview ahead of their presentation.

Siv Hilde Houmb, Senior Advisor Digital Security – Statnett

Charlotte Husø, Advisor Information Security – Statnett

Smart Grids have until now focussed primarily on AMR. As a transmission grid operator and with the national responsibility for the power transmission and balancing in Norway, smart grids necessitate a digital evolution of our complete value chain. This involves increased use of sensors for situational awareness across power lines and transmission stations, moving from hourly to quarterly balancing regimes, enabling new power production regimes and data-driven decision support.

One major step towards a digitalised transmission grid is the establishment of a digital foundation with advanced data analytics, spanning across on-prem and cloud solutions. This increased production of real-time data, big data analytics, and real-time data decision support challenges our current SCADA paradigm, and might mean a move from a traditional on-prem and box-oriented architecture, to a container-based cloud infrastructure. Our presentation will discuss what a smart transmission grid entails and how this challenges the traditional SCADA thinking and architecture, as well as the challenges and benefits of moving SCADA into a cloud infrastructure.”

At NextGen SCADA Global 2020, Siv and Charlotte will be joined by 18+ utility SCADA experts, presenting case studies covering the full range of next-generation SCADA/EMS/DMS challenges and opportunities, and tackling the toughest implementation challenges faced by utilities around the world. Alongside the case study agenda, there will be a series of opportunities to network with the whole utility SCADA ecosystem and secure important partnerships for the future, including roundtable discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring 25 key utility SCADA suppliers. Make sure you’re part of this comprehensive, in-depth review of global next-generation SCADA implementation by registering your place now!

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Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of smart grid SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 20 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies, and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor. Contact us today to find out more!

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Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Registration is now live!

Registration is now live for NextGen SCADA Global 2020, the only conference, exhibition and networking forum focussed entirely on the needs of smart grid SCADA professionals. This year’s expanded event provides a comprehensive 5-day programme, addressing the full range of next-generation SCADA implementation topics to ensure the rapid evolution of the energy system is matched by crucial developments to utility SCADA infrastructure.

This is your opportunity to meet with 150+ smart grid SCADA experts to review 20+ implementation-focussed case studies, benchmark your next-generation SCADA strategy against world-leading utilities, and assess the potential of new SCADA systems and applications to maintain the security, stability, and reliability of the energy system as it undergoes decentralisation.

As the only truly end-user driven utility SCADA event in the world, with an unparalleled line-up of utility case-studies covering the full range of crucial next-generation SCADA implementation topics, this is the most important week in the SCADA calendar – don’t miss out!

Navigate the week:

Here’s how the week breaks down, take this opportunity to choose the sections that will deliver the most empowering insights to you, and the greatest ROI to your organisation:

Monday 27th January 2020

SCADA System Integration Workshop: 

This one-day practical workshop focusses on the challenge of integrating SCADA infrastructure with the full range of utility enterprise systems to support smart grid applications with a more connected and dynamic enterprise architecture. Through a number of presentations, breakout sessions and discussions, the workshop will address the full range of SCADA system integration topics, including digital architecture, data governance, IEC CIM, as well as the specific challenges of integrating OMS, GIS, and EAM with SCADA systems

Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January 2020

3-Day Case Study Conference: 

An unmissable opportunity to hear crucial insights and key lessons learned from 20+ cutting-edge utility SCADA projects. Each case-study will be 45 minutes in duration, providing breadth and depth on the most timely and crucial issues facing utility SCADA, including advanced implementation strategies, modular design, ADMS roll-out, flexible system operation, new analytical tools, and wireless and cloud-based SCADA.

Friday 31st January 2020

SCADA Cybersecurity Seminar: 

This post-conference seminar tackles the critical issue of cybersecurity in SCADA infrastructure through a series of in-depth case studies. Discover how leading utilities and security experts are safeguarding their critical infrastructure with up-to-date threat analysis, robust governance frameworks, the latest cybersecurity technology, as well as new approaches to threat detection, incident response, and security operations.

6 Great Reasons to Attend:

  1. Smart grid specific content – this is the only SCADA conference aimed specifically at the smart grid sector. Speakers will be presenting real life case studies from the TSO and DSO environment, providing you with highly relevant insights that bridge the gap between the technical and commercial, and deliver practical advice that you can implement right away
  2. Utility-heavy speaker line-up – with most presentations being delivered by TSOs and DSOs (20+ utility case-studies scheduled over 3 days), you will gain a deep understanding of the real-world application of smart grid technologies rather than simply stop at their potential benefits
  3. Dedicated networking – the conference will attract a very specific and focussed audience making networking more relevant and impactful. Over the course of 3 days, you will deepen your connections both during and after the conference.
  4. Focussed technology display – through the solution zone, you will get the opportunity to hear updates on the latest technology innovations from the leading smart grid suppliers. Both the big system providers and the innovative niche players will be displaying across the 3 days of the conference
  5. Hands on technology previews – you can schedule a private 1:1 live demo lab session with the key technology innovators to really get under the skin of their offerings and better understand how next generation solutions could work in your grid environment
  6. ROI – if you book your place before Friday 29th November 2019, you can take advantage of the Very Early Bird rate, which means your trip will cost in the region of €2,872 (€2,195 conference fee, €150 x 3 nights hotel, €200 flight). If you generate 10 new ideas or new contacts that help you take your implementation plans to the next level it equates to €287 per new idea or contact

Presentation Highlights:

To get a sense of  the information and inspiration that will be shared, please enjoy a selection of past presentations from our NextGen SCADA 2018 conference:

  1. Next-Generation SCADA – Jan Vorrink, TenneT
  2. Automatic Grid Recovery – Juan Marti Rodriguez, Iberdrola
  3. Optimising LV-Grid Control & Monitoring – Stefan Straubringer, Salzburg Netz

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Share your Solutions at NextGen SCADA Global 2020

The 4th edition of NextGen SCADA Global 2020, a crucial event for the smart grid industry with a track-record of delivering tangible business benefits to utility SCADA projects, is now in the final stages of production.

As the programme and speaker line-up are finalised, we wanted to give you the opportunity to mark your diary, forward this email to colleagues who could benefit from participating, and inform your suppliers and partners who may like to display in the Solution Zone.

This year’s programme builds on the success of previous years with an expanded 5-day agenda incorporating:

Monday 27th January 2020

1-Day Workshop on SCADA System Integration, providing practical guidance on how to effectively integrate SCADA infrastructure with other crucial enterprise systems.

Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January 2020

3-Day Conference on utility next-gen SCADA implementations from around the globe, plus an exhibition of the latest smart grid SCADA-related products and services.

Friday 31st January 2020

1-Day Seminar focussing on SCADA infrastructure cybersecurity, featuring case-studies from leading utilities showcasing the latest tools and methods for safeguarding OT systems.

Speaker Preview

An up-to-date and expanded agenda will tackle the full range of next-gen SCADA implementation topics in-depth. Here are just a few of the speakers who will be sharing key insights from their cutting-edge projects at the event:

  • Aurelio Blanquet, Director – EDP
  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Center – TenneT
  • Ivo Martiz, Chief Information Security Officer – BKW
  • Helge Nielsen, SCADA Product Manager – Energinet
  • Bart Bikker, Specialist Energy Management Systems – Stedin
  • Raimo Lilletai, SCADA Architect – Elektrilevi
  • Bas Kruimer, OT Security Consultant – DNV-GL
  • Martin Gilje Jaatun, Senior Scientist – SINTEF
  • Scott Koehler, VP Global Smart Grid IT Strategy – Schneider Electric

Join the Solution Zone

Contact us today to find out how you can raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA implementation leaders and decision makers. Capped at 20 stands, this adjoining exhibition area provides a focussed and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies and services for our audience, and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 25th October 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


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The energy system is evolving rapidly, taking on a more flexible, decentralised form to support the ever-expanding uptake of renewable energy and DERs. The critical infrastructure that coordinates the energy system, SCADA, EMS and DMS, must evolve alongside it, delivering real-time intelligent control and supervision of exponentially more generation units, balancing supply and demand with intermittent resources and managing bidirectional flows in traditionally unidirectional infrastructure.

This represents an extreme shift in the architecture and operational philosophy, as well as the hardware and software requirements of smart grid SCADA infrastructure. With the energy transition rapidly taking root, it’s imperative that utilities keep the pace and deliver the necessary changes to continue the smooth operation of the energy system in an increasingly fossil-free world.

We are therefore delighted to announce the 4th annual NextGen SCADA Global 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum, the only event focussed on equipping smart grid SCADA professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to tackle the challenges of a rapidly evolving energy system. To ensure all your knowledge requirements are comprehensively catered for, we’ve expanded the event to a 5-day format, including a pre-conference System Integration Tutorial and a post-conference Cybersecurity Seminar alongside the main 3-day case study agenda

Just some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Next-Gen SCADA Infrastructure: Presenting a vision for the future of smart grid SCADA and outlining the necessary steps to achieve it
  • Modular Design: Designing flexible next-gen SCADA architectures to meet the challenge of a rapidly evolving energy system
  • Panel – Business Case: Examining SCADA in the context of the energy transition to build a compelling business case for investment in advanced features
  • ADMS: Integrating SCADA with DMS and OMS to create a centralised platform for advanced management of distribution grids
  • Upskilling: Developing organisational capability to implement, operate and continuously upgrade next-gen SCADA systems
  • System Testing: Rigorously testing next-gen SCADA systems to ensure their long-term security, resilience and reliability
  • SCADA Migration: Seamlessly migrating to next-gen SCADA while maximizing value from legacy systems
  • Wide-Area Monitoring: Leveraging phasor measurement units to improve situational awareness and grid resilience
  • Next-Gen HMI: Leveraging next-generation HMI and visualizations to improve control centre accuracy and productivity
  • Panel – Advanced Features and Functionalities: Unlocking new SCADA features to maximize technical benefits and improve R.O.I
  • Smart Alarms: Developing smart alarm management to improve outage management outcomes and response times
  • SCADA Data: Maximizing enterprise-wide benefits from SCADA through effective extraction and utilization of SCADA data
  • Protocol Integration: Achieving long-term interoperability between SCADA and the full range of smart grid IT and OT systems
  • Network Modelling: Developing advanced modelling capabilities to support more sophisticated network monitoring and control
  • SCADA & DERs: Developing Next-Gen SCADA functionality to fully support flexibility and an evolving energy market
  • Low-Voltage Monitoring: Extending SCADA to the LV network to support higher levels of DER integration and smarter system operation
  • Advanced Outage Management: Leveraging advanced SCADA functionalities to achieve more accurate and monitoring outage management
  • FLISR: Leveraging real-time data to intelligently locate, isolate and restore faults
  • Forecasting: Developing advanced forecasting models to support a wide range of next-gen SCADA analytical tools
  • Wireless IP-Based SCADA: Creating an affordable and scalable wireless SCADA infrastructure to deliver flexible control and monitoring of DERs and grid-edge devices
  • SCADA & Cloud: Exploring the potential for cloud-based SCADA to deliver a more flexible and distributed architecture

Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities:

The electrical SCADA market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.48% to reach $3.29 billion by 2022 (source: MarketsandMarkets)!

Would you like to secure a significant share of this burgeoning market? Then take this opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility SCADA experts and decision makers.

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 30 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest asset management tools and technologies for our audience, and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

Register today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:
Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700
Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com
Visit:    NextGen SCADA Global 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January 2020.

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €800 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 29th November 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.