Power & Energy Innovation Forum - 2011

Developments in Alberta’s Power Distribution Systems

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Solarium, 2nd Floor ETLC Building,
9107 - 116 Street,University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

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Forum objectives:

  • Promoting technical innovation and exchange among Alberta power companies and the U of A
  • Sharing Alberta experience on power distribution system developments
  • Reporting U of A power & energy research activities via poster session
  • Providing an excellent venue for professional development

Agenda and Activities:


Activity & Speaker


8:00 - 8:30

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome and opening remarks
Suresh Sharma (APIC Chair), Director of Substations and System Control, EPCOR

8:45 - 9:30

Findings from Alberta Smart Grid Inquiry
Fino Tiberi, Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Alberta Utilities Commission

9:30 - 10:30

Geo Information Systems (GIS) & Outage Management System (OMS)
1. Implementation and Integration of OMS at ATCO Electric
Marvin Schell, Business Application Specialist, ATCO Electric
2. GIS Upgrade Experience - Challenges, Lessons Learnt and Potential Benefits
Jennifer Rolph, GIS Manager, EPCOR
3. Application of GIS for Asset and Mobile Workforce Management
Tom Janzen, Manager of Asset Maintenance, FortisAlberta

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break and poster session
U of A researchers will present research work in posters and demonstrations

11:00 - 12:00

Networked distribution systems
1. ENMAX's Networked Distribution System
Gary Fitzpatrick, Manager, Network Planning & Design, Enmax
2. Network Systems - Challenges & Solutions
Sai Arumugam, Epcor
3. Evaluation of Network Systems for High Density Developments in Ft. McMurray
Matt Sveinbjornson, Supervising Engineer, ATCO Electric
Lisa Liusz, Distribution Engineer, ATCO Electric

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch and poster presentation
Enjoy lunch and converse with students and researchers


1:30 - 2:30

Harmonic distortion problems in current distribution systems
Harmonic problems experienced by APIC companies and Telus will be presented along with U of A research results
Case Muskens, Senior Engineer, ATCO
Isabella Ciocoiu, Distribution Planning Engineer, EPCOR
Gordon McKinlay, Power Quality Engineer, FortisAlberta
Dwayne Schultz, Senior Engineer for Electrical Protection, TELUS
Wilsun Xu, Professor, University of Alberta

2:30 - 3:05

Transmission system activities with potential impact on distribution systems
1. Underfrequency Load Shedding
Fred Ritter, Technical Lead, AESO
2. MPLS Implementation for the AltaLink TeleComm Network
Stephen V. Zande, AltaLink

3:05 - 3:30

Coffee break and poster session

3:30 - 4:20

Panel Discussion - Evolutions of Alberta’s distribution systems
Fino Tiberi, Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Alberta Utilities Commission
Barrie Gorrie, Senior Manager, Distribution, ATCO Electric
Gary Fitzpatrick, Manager, Network Planning & Design, Enmax
Kirstine Hull, Epcor
Derek Mercer, Manager of Distribution Standards and Power Quality, FortisAlberta

4:20 - 4:30

Closing remarks and acknowledgments
Suresh Sharma (APIC Chair), Director of Substations and System Control, EPCOR

4:30 - 5:00

Continued poster session for those who want to stay longer

  • Click on the speaker's name for his/her biography. The biographies of all speakers can also be downloaded from here.

Preview of U of A researchers’ poster & demo subjects

  • Energy management system for homes
  • Monitoring stray voltages at customer-utility interface points
  • A strategy to minimize the DG impact on protection coordination
  • Monitoring the energy consumptions of home appliances using smart meter data
  • EnerTracker – Tracking the energy use of homes
  • Voltage stability analysis and monitoring using channel domain transform
  • A Event Driven Load Shedding System
  • Monitoring grounding integrity for distribution feeders
  • Modeling of variable frequency drives for power system dynamic studies
  • Harmonic filters for residential feeders
  • Impact of Full Scale Wind Turbines on Subsynchronous Damping
  • A resonant based air-core transformer
  • Angular stability analysis and monitoring using channel domain transform
  • Assessing the Collective Harmonic Impact of Modern Residential Loads
  • Template based approach for modeling industry facilities
  • Feeder fault location using smart meter data
  • Characterizing feeders outages using Outage Management System
  • An investigation on the AMR signal transmission problem in FortisAlberta
  • Telephone interference problems in modern residential feeders
  • Characteristics of harmonics in Enmax high voltage system
  • Voltage depression problems caused by DG anti-islanding protection
  • Using power disturbances for fault resistance and line parameter estimations
  • Linear Active Stabilization of Converter-Dominated DC Micro-grids
  • Line current harmonics mitigation PWM using grid interfacing high power converters
  • Fast Harmonic Detection based on Cascaded Delayed Signal Cancellation
  • Robust Stationary Frame Voltage Control of Distributed Resources for seamless transition of microgrids from Grid connected to Islanded mode
  • Universal control and energy management strategies for microgrid based smart grids with enhanced performance
  • Power Electronics Lab - Electric Drive Research.
   Demonstrations are provided for some of the topics

'Sample EIT project works of APIC companies

  • Assessing arc flash hazards at ATCO Electric
    Ivan Chan E.I.T., ATCO Electric
  • ATCO Electric’s EIT Program
    Farhan Masud and Stephen Tao, E.I.T., ATCO Electric
  • Real-life project work experience
    Roggero Ciofani, E.I.T., AltaLink
  • AltaLink’s EIT Program
    James Howland, Altalink
  • EPCOR professional development program
    Chris Smith, E.I.T., EPCOR
    David Anli, E.I.T., EPCOR
    • Click on the presenter's name for his/her biography. The biography of all presenters can also be downloaded from here.




For more information, please contact:
Patricia Barnes
W2-039 Electrical & Computer Engineering Research Faciilty (ECERF)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2V4
Office: 780.492.7576
(This is forum is an event by invitation only)


For invited non-APIC attendees, the registration fee is $100 per person to cover the costs. Please download the registration form to register.

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