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Grid Energy Storage: Policies and Applications

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Alberta established the regulatory framework for its electric system when generators and loads were clearly differentiated. Energy storage facilities are blurring those distinctions with their ability to rapidly switch between supplying electricity to the grid and withdrawing electricity from it. Requests to connect energy storage facilities to the transmission system have prompted the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to examine the costs that should be attributed to energy storage facilities, the technical standards with which they must comply, and the rules under which they must operate. The AESO currently has initiatives underway to clarify and, where appropriate, develop tariff provisions, standards, and rules that apply to energy storage facilities. Although the existing regulatory framework provides some guidance, participants in Alberta’s electric industry can also contribute to the evolution of grid energy storage policy.


Energy Storage compensates for variations in generation within milliseconds and secures stable grid operation. Energy storage solutions make it possible to integrate an increasing amount of solar and wind power generation into distribution grids without the need for immediate extension. In addition to that, energy storage solutions ensure a self-sufficient and reliable energy supply in micro-grids with renewable generation. Energy-efficient processes are of the highest importance for industrial businesses in order to keep energy costs down and exceeding the maximum load only once can lead to incurring high costs. In addition to that, even the shortest interruption of energy supply can lead to a complete failure of production plants. The consequences can have an enormous impact on loss of quality, time, and finances.


The presentation will cover how Energy Storage solutions function as a modular system that combine cutting-edge power electronics for grid applications with high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

IEEE Recommended Practice for Motor Protection in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems: Overview and What’s New!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

IEEE Recommended Practice for Motor Protection in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems: Overview and What’s New!


Presented By: Lorraine K. Padden, PE and John A. Kay, C.E.T. 

Technical Seminar Abstract:

IEEE Std. 3004.8 covers the protection of motors used in industrial and commercial power systems. It is likely to be of greatest value to the power-oriented engineer with limited experience in the area of protection and control. It can also be an aid to all engineers responsible for the electrical design of industrial and commercial power systems. This recommended practice is an update to IEEE Std 242-2001 (Buff Book) chapter 10. A general update was made to the material from chapter 10 of the Buff Book. Material added or expanded includes details for reduced-voltage motor starting, recommended protection functions using multifunction motor protection relays for contactor controlled fused starters and breaker controlled starters along with single-line and three-line diagrams, adjustable speed drive applications, DC motor protection, motor bus transfer, partial discharge monitoring, and a detailed example of motor protection using a multifunction motor protection relay.

• A general overview will be presented highlighting the practical use of the recommended practice for selecting typical motor protection for low voltage and medium voltage motors.

• The use of multifunction motor protection relays is common place and the key setting differences will be highlighted for MV motors with contactor controlled fused starters vs. breaker controlled starters. Misapplication of protective settings can be detrimental to equipment and personnel.

• Protecting motors powered by Adjustable Speed Drives can be challenging. These challenges and recommended protection functions will be presented.

• Thought leaders in motor protection are identifying methods to detect motor problems prior to motor failure. These methods include vibration, winding temperature, on-line partial discharge, and others covered in the recommended practice.

• Information on reduced-voltage starting, motor bus transfer, applications in hazardous (classified) locations, and arc flash hazards for motors will be discussed.

Mak Hakim receiving the 2016 PES Outstanding Engineer Award from NCS Section chair Dr. Alex

U of A student branch co-chair receiving IEEE scholarship from Dr. Alex

Kelly presenting a token of appreciation to both Lorraine and John

Click here to download the presentation.

Click here to see the archived e-notice.

Effects of Modern Variable Speed Drives on Motor Winding Insulation

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Effects of Modern Variable Speed Drives on Motor Winding Insulation


Presented By: Blake Lloyd, P.Eng., F.IEEE, Past-president IAS 

IAS Distinguished Lecturer Technical Seminar Abstract:

For over 70 years, researchers have understood that fast rise-time voltage surges from a circuit breaker closing can lead to an electrical breakdown of the turn insulation in motor stator windings.  Rapid advances in power electronic components in the past decade have lead to a new source of voltage surges.  Inverter-fed drivers (IFDs) of the pulse width modulated (PWM) type that use insulated-gate bipolar junction transistors (IGBTs) can create tens of thousands of fast rise-time voltage surges per second.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that the large number of voltage surges from IFDs can lead to gradual deteriorations and eventual failure of the turn insulation—both in low voltage (less than 1,000V) and medium voltage (2.3 to 4.16kV) motors .  This presentation describes the characteristics of voltage source PWM drives Impact on random wound (LV) motor stators  as well as the impact on form wound (MV) stators.  It will also describe the relevant standards to qualify insulation systems for converter fed motors

Young Professional Opening Talk: Alberta`s Safety Code and Quality Management Plan

A high level view of how public safety is protected and the interfaces between engineering professionals and Alberta government Acts, Regulations, and processes.

Presented By: Carl Lam, P.Eng., M.IEEE, PES & IAS Chapter Chair 


Carl presents Blake with a token of appreciation


To download the presentation slides, please click here 

To view the archived event notice, please click here


Partial Discharge in Electrical Insulation

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Edmonton on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:30pm to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Partial Discharge in Electrical Insulation”

Presented by: Dr. Greg Stone

Technical Seminar Abstract:
Partial discharges (PD) are small electrical sparks that can occur within or on the surface of electrical insulation in power cables, transformers, switchgear and stator windings rated 4 kV and above. In most equipment, PD directly attacks the insulation and will result in electrical breakdown of the equipment. In rotating machines, PD is normally a symptom of other types of insulation degradation. By measuring PD, either off-line or on-line, it is sometimes possible to obtain a warning of imminent equipment failure.

The seminar will review the following:
• What is PD and under what conditions does it occur
• Examples of PD in power cables, transformers, switchgear and stator windings
• PD measurement as factory acceptance test of equipment
• Off-line PD testing at site
• On-line condition monitoring of power cables, transformers, switchgear and machines.

Follow the link below to download the presentation slides:

Designing Electrical Systems for On-Site Power Generation

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Technical Seminar:

“Designing Electrical Systems for On-Site Power Generation”

Co-sponsored by Cummins Power Generation

Technical Seminar Abstract:

Diesel and natural gas powered generator sets are used in all kinds of facilities to provide emergency standby power in the event of a grid failure or to serve as the prime source of power when a grid connection is not practical or economical. Reliable operation requires a design that accounts for the on-site generator performance under normal loading, transient and fault conditions. In this seminar we will review some of these key considerations including, but not limited to:

• Proper generator sizing for motor loads accounting for locked rotor kVA

– in “across the line” motor starting applications.

– in VFD motor starting applications.

• Generator short circuit characteristics and their effects on arc flash incident energy.

• Grounding (system and/or equipment) and ground fault detection of on-site

Power generation systems:

– When to switch the neutral in emergency standby systems

– Grounding and ground fault detection schemes for paralleled generator sets in both grid connected and islanded applications


Rich S accepting token of appreciation from Kelly B

Rich S accepting token of appreciation from Kelly B


Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE NCS Seminar, On site power generation, April 2016.

Archived e-Notice can be found here.

Hazardous Location Standards for Canada

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Hazardous Location Standards for Canada”

Presented by: Tim Driscoll F.IEEE, Marty Cole SMIEEE, D. George Morlidge SMIEEE

Women in Engineering/ Young Professional opening talk “Smart Grid & WAMS” Presented by Vaishali Rampurkar

Technical Seminar Abstract:

The 2015 (23rd) Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) has taken one step closer to the rest of the world and one step further away from the US National Electrical Code (NEC). For decades, both the CEC and NEC have used the term “Class” to identify the various types of hazardous materials. The 2015 CEC has removed the term “Class” from Section 18 and replaced it with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Zone system terms. Class I, which was changed in 1998 to include Zones, becomes simply Zones 0, 1 and 2. Class II and Class III were merged to become Zones 20, 21 and 22. Class II and III has been relocated to Annex J along with Class I for legacy facilities. Class/Division equipment can still be used, and Table J1.2 was updated to identify the types of equipment that can be used in both Zone and Division classified facilities.

All new installations must use the Zone system for area classification. In Alberta, the 2015 CEC comes into force January 2016, and the other western provinces in a similar timeframe.

The 2nd Edition of API RP505, Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities Classified as Class I, Zone 0, Zone 1 and Zone 2, is due for publication in early 2016. There are some significant changes from the 1st Edition, which will be discussed in this presentation.

There are a number of significant changes currently being discussed within the CEC Section 18 (Hazardous Locations) subcommittee for the 2018 CEC, and a preview of these will also be covered in this presentation.

Practical applications on area classification will be discussed, in particular, typical errors and over classifications that are made and the impact to those facilities. The role of combustible gas detection in area classification will also be included.

George, Tim, and Marty accepting their appreciation gift from Shagufta

George, Tim, and Marty accepting their appreciation award from Shagufta

Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE SAS-NCS Seminar, HazLoc Jan 2016.

Vaishali accepting her gift from Carl

Vaishali accepting her gift from Carl

 Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE WIE YP opening talk; Smart Grid Jan 2016.

For more details for the event see the attached Notice.


IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technica and Mega Projects Workshop in Edmonton

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The 2016 ESTMP Workshop will be taking place in Edmonton.
Workshop Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (All day).

Location: Edmonton, Alberta at the River Cree Casino.

The IEEE IAS ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering design, power system reliability and the implementation and execution of Mega Projects. The Workshop focus will be to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of: 1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices; 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of technology; and 3) design and implementation of Mega Projects.

Individuals that have participated in past ESTMP workshops continue to attest to the high quality of the presentations and tutorials. Anyone involved with electrical, safety, construction, or design would benefit from this workshop.

Watch for more details and registration.

Practices of Distribution Insulation Coordination

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 6:10 to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:00pm

The Annual General Meeting will start at 5:15pm and will precede this presentation


“Practices of Distribution Insulation Coordination”


Thomas C. Hartman, P.Eng.


  • Overview of Presentation
  • The Origin and Shapes of Distribution System Surges
  • Where Surges Matter and What They Do
  • Insulation Systems and How They Go Bad
  • History and Application of Distribution Surge Arresters (Over-Voltage Protection)
  • Reality Check















Download the presentation here: IEEE Fall 2015 – Overvoltages and the Distribution System

Download the pdf notice here: IEEE-NCS IAS-PES Nov 17 2015 Edmonton R0

SCADA – The Heart of an Energy Management System

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Wilsun Xu 2014 Outstanding Engineer Award

Dr. Wilsun Xu accepting 2014 Outstanding Engineer Award

March 2015 event

Dr. Alex hosting presenters Doug, and YP presenter Gordon

You may download:

1) The SCADA presentation here: IEEE Seminar March 2015

2) Young Professional presentation here: Conveyor starting methods

3) IEEE Senior Member presentation


See the .pdf notice here: IEEE-NCS IAS-PES March 17th 2015 Edmonton R0


Mitigating Harmonics in Power Systems

Friday, October 24th, 2014


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm


“Mitigating Harmonics in Power Systems”

 by Prof. Mark Halpin, Alabama Power Company Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Auburn University in Alabama


This seminar will focus on managing harmonics in power systems.  The basic concepts will initially be summarized.  Subsequently, coverage of harmonics limit standards and requirements from IEEE and IEC will be discussed.  Once the objectives have been established for mitigation, harmonic filters, both passive and active, and other mitigation measures will be presented.  The seminar will conclude with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using mitigation methods to meet limit requirements.


Download the .PPT provided by Prof. Halpin here: Harmonic Filters

Opening Talk:

Guest YP Speaker: Daniel Lang, “Anomalies and Practical Considerations of Arc Flash Analyses”


Download the .ppt provided by Daniel here: arc flash














Download the E-notice here: IEEE-NCS IAS-PES Nov25th 2014 Edmonton R0



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