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2017 Power Academy Seminar


The 2017 seminar was held at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University on 20 - 21 July 2017.



View the full programme for the 2017 Seminar here.


Accommodation and refreshments

Invited Power Academy Scholars, had a room booked and paid for by the IET,  at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University on the night of 20 July 2017

On day one, lunch, refreshments were provided and a formal dinner was held.  Day two, Breakfast and lunch were provided.


Dress code

  • The dress code for the seminar on day one was business attire.
  • The dress code for the formal dinner was smart casual.
  • The dress code for day two was practical clothing (eg casual clothes, jeans/t-shirt, nothing impractical like heels or flip-flops).


Venue & Travel

Burleigh Court

Off Ashby Road (A512)

Loughborough University (West Park)


Leicestershire. LE11 3GR

The venue is set within the grounds of Loughborough University, Burleigh Court. The venue is a modern four star hotel with free onsite parking. There is easy access from the M1 motorway and it is a 10 minute drive from Loughborough mainline railway station.


After Dinner Speaker  

This year the after dinner speaker was Nigel Vardy, Western Power Distribution




The IET 2017 Power Academy Essay Challenge

Every year, the Power Academy invites scholars to write a mini-essay on a chosen topic. 

The top two essayists will attend a European Energy Conference in 2018.

This year, scholars were invited to write 700 words on one of the following topics:-

1. Future electricity supply will only be provided by smart decentralised networks, discuss.
2. How can the world provide power for 9 billion people and limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius by 2050?
3. With the emergence of Distribution System Operators (DSOs), what will be the major challenges that they will face and what solutions would you propose?

The winners were announced at the Power Academy dinner on 20 July 2017 and received an invitation to attend the IET Annual Dinner on 21 February 2018 including accommodation in a London hotel.

Please read the 2017 winning essays below:-

1st    Steven Doherty - What are Distribution System Operators (DSOs)?

2nd   Damon Roberts - Will future electricity supplies only be provided by Smart decentralised networks?

3rd    Euan Andrew -  The Challenges of the DSO Model

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