Industry Sessions 2

Industry session 2 will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 10:20 am.


TITLE: Smart Grid Research and Partnership Initiatives in University of Saskatchewan

Abstract: Canada is speeding up plans to virtually eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030. SaskPower, owned by the Province of Saskatchewan, also has a very ambitious program to expand and modernize the existing power grid to support the provincial target of using 50% renewable energy by 2030. Dr Chung is now leading a research team, supported by SaskPower and NSERC of Canada, to conduct cutting-edge and long-term smart grid research for SaskPower and address critical technical issues associated with smart grid technologies and their applications to real power systems. This presentation will introduce this research program between SaskPower and University of Saskatchewan, and also report some of their latest works on smart grid modelling and analysis.

Presenter: Tony C.Y. Chung, SaskPower Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan

Dr C.Y. Chung is a Professor, the NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies, and the SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IET. He is also an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and the Member-at-Large (Global Outreach) of IEEE PES Governing Board.




TITLE: Changing technologies, changing utilities: impact on engineering education curriculum

Abstract: Electric utilities are experiencing change on several fronts. Technology is changing, generation mix is changing, load side of the business is changing, operational challenges are evolving. With the new generation of power systems engineers starting work in this changing environment, less and less know-how can be transferred internally within utilities, as previous practices and solutions are evolving. This presentation will discuss skills and knowledge requirements with impact on university curriculum that new engineers are expected to meet.

Presenter: Elemer Demeter, SaskPower

Dr. Elemer Demeter is Manager Engineer Protection and Control and Acting Manager Engineering Stations at SaskPower. He is leading the engineering effort at SaskPower for the renewal and development of the stations, protection and control and automation facilities. He has provided leadership for the adoption and integration of the IEC 61850 standards in the company. As Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina, Elemer has facilitated SaskPower’s involvement and support of the NSERC/SaskPower Research Chair, has developed and delivered graduate classes in power systems engineering, automation, protection and control.



TITLE: Advanced Metering Infrastructure & Smart Grid Applications
Case Study – City of Saskatoon AMI Project

Abstract: The City of Saskatoon is implementing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project for electricity and water metering in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Light & Power will be fully deployed this fall for its 60,000 electricity customers, and Saskatoon Water is 25% through their deployment. Saskatoon deployed a wireless mesh network from Honeywell/Elster for its AMI that has been operational since July 2016. Through this implementation, Saskatoon will become the first community in Saskatchewan to have full AMI metering for all utility commodities, including electricity, water, and gas (natural gas distribution is provided by SaskEnergy). This case study will provide an overview of the AMI mesh network, as well as a look ahead to future smart grid applications that will leverage the City’s investment in AMI.

Presenter: Kevin Hudson, Saskatoon Light & Power

Kevin Hudson is the Metering & Sustainable Electricity Manager for Saskatoon Light & Power. Kevin graduated from electrical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991, and has worked in the energy industry for over 26 years throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, spending 15 years in the natural gas industry, and the last 11 years with for electrical utilities.



TITLE: High Reliability and High Density Network Systems 

Abstract: The demand for high reliability and high-density electricity to serve urban centres, financial centres, and high-tech data centres is increasing. This presentation will provide an overview of Secondary Network system planning, design, and operations. Network topology and design concepts will be presented, including protection schemes and communications systems for a modern network grid. Concepts presented are based on real-world applications from the downtown Calgary network system.

Presenter: Gary Fitzpatrick, Primary Engineering and Construction

Gary is a Professional Engineer with 34 years of utility experience, with 20+ years of exceptional expertise in high density servicing projects (e.g., downtown core). Gary is a leading Canadian engineer in network design and interconnected secondary systems. He is highly proficient in designing and reconfiguring aging electrical systems for redevelopment to ensure regulatory and safety best practices. Gary has held several engineering and management positions at ENMAX Power Corporation including Principal Engineer, Network and Manager Network Planning and Design. Gary joined Primary Engineering and Construction in 2016 as the lead engineer for network design and planning.

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