Canadian Electric Utility Systems 101
October 17-18, 2017
Toronto, ON

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There is a paradigm shift occurring in the power industry brought about in part by advances in technology and to a greater extent by the shift towards greener solutions to lessen the impact on our environment.

This seminar is intended to provide non-power engineers with a basic understanding of how power systems are planned, designed and operated. The goal is to provide individuals with a level of knowledge that will enable them to enter meaningful discussions with utility professionals. It will also provide the necessary information that will allow participants to make informed opinions on the various discussions on energy matters that are trending today’s media.

In addition to the basic concepts of power systems, the seminar will examine emerging trends in electric grid configuration and the role disruptive technologies play in shaping this evolution. It will also touch on how customer expectations are pushing the envelope of customer service.

The seminar uses only basic math (no slide rule required) and draws on the science skills learned in high school.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize how power grids started and how they continue to evolve as technology advances
  • Review utility demographics and how Canada and US systems are interrelated
  • Examine the basic elements of a power system
  • Describe the components of a power system and have an understanding of how they work together
  • Identify the planning methods that are used to ensure continued service and to enable new growth
  • Discuss how the electric grid is operated and why health and safety management is critical
  • Discuss the regulatory environment under which power systems operate
  • Discuss the paradigm shift occurring in the industry today – smart and microgrids and disruptive technologies
  • Explain how customer expectations for value added services are driving innovation



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


  • Introduction to the course
  • Learning objectives

Power System Overview

  • History of the electric grid
  • Generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Emerging trends – green energy, smart grids, and microgrids

The Canadian System and Its Relationship to the US Grid

  • How are the provincial utilities structured
  • What is the role of the Federal Government
  • What are the size of the markets
  • What regions are deregulated
  • How the US structure is similar
  • Markets and system operators

Basic Electrical Engineering Factors

  • Resistance, inductance and capacitance
  • Voltage
  • Current
  • Power
  • The power triangle
  • Energy
  • Losses
  • Frequency
  • Reactive power
  • Power factor

Power System Components

  • Generators
  • Transmission lines
  • Substations
  • Distribution grids
  • Transformers
  • Loads


  • Heat (thermal) energy generated from: fossil fuels, coal, petroleum, natural gas solar thermal energy, geothermal energy, nuclear energy
  • Potential energy from falling water in a hydroelectric facility
  • Wind energy
  • Tidal energy from the ocean tides
  • Solar electric from solar (photovoltaic) cells
  • Chemical energy from: fuel cells, batteries

Transmission Lines

  • Characteristics
  • Conductors
  • Surge impedance loading
  • Clair Curve
  • Sag
  • HVDC


  • Purpose of a substation
  • Components that make up a typical substation
  • Protection and control
  • Grounding
  • Security and related safety issues


  • How they work
  • Substations
  • Distribution type
  • Single and three phase

Distribution Grids

  • Familiar images – typical distribution equipment
  • Automated sectionalizing switches and reclosers
  • Lightning/surge arrestors
  • Protection

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

System Planning

  • Load forecasts
  • Power flow analysis
  • Short circuit studies
  • Generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Asset management

Power System Operation

  • Reliability SAIFI, SAIDI and SAIRI
  • NERC
  • Operating control centers
  • Outage management systems
  • Response
  • Communication networks
  • Health and safety management



  • Regulatory oversight
  • Rate making and billing options

Evolution to Smart and Micro-Grids

  • What is a smart grid
  • What is a microgrid

Disruptive Technologies

  • Electric vehicles
  • Charging stations
  • Energy storage
  • Distributed generation
  • Smart meters

Emerging Customer Service Expectations

  • Electricity as an essential service
  • Pricing matters
  • Mobile notifications
  • Web self-service requirements
  • Self-managed energy solutions
  • Plug and play
  • The value proposition

Wrap up

  • Summary
  • Questions


K.P. (Ken) Walsh P.Eng., (Retired, 2016) London Hydro, Chief Engineer and VP of Operations  

Ken has over 37 years experience in the electric power industry. He began his career as a design engineer and held positions of increasing responsibility in all aspects of electrical power system’s design and operation up to his last position as Chief Engineer and VP Operations for a large municipal power company in southwest Ontario. During his 16-year tenure as an executive, Ken worked with most utility’s stakeholders including the IESO, the OEB and various governmental agencies.  He was responsible for all areas of engineering and operations including health and safety for which his company won several prestigious national and internal awards.

Ken has worked in three of Canada’s provinces. He has received recognition from the Ontario Electrical Safety Association, the Canada Council of Professional Engineers and has been a long-standing member of several CSA technical committees and is a senior member of the IEEE.  Ken has a Masters Degree in Power Systems and is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.


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3311 Caroga Drive
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Room Rate:

The room rate is $CAD 159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 16 – 18, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to September 21, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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