Power Quality in Distribution Grids – Its Impact on Customer Supply Reliability

Tutorial 1
Time: 1:20pm–3:00pm
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Location: Library Building – Library Lecture Hall – LIB72

Synopsis: With the modernization of commercial, industrial and healthcare facilities, customers are operating more and more sensitive electronic equipment. Traditionally, these operations were mostly impacted by complete outages or interruptions of power. Today, a relatively small deviation from the nominal voltage can lead to similar impacts as a full interruption. This discussion will encapsulate the common causes of these issues on the grid, power quality monitoring of the distribution grid at Toronto Hydro, and ways of leveraging power quality data including:

  • Quantifying a customer’s sensitivity to power quality events like voltage sags
  • Fault localization using voltage and current fault waveforms
  • Identifying the root cause of interruptions with an unknown cause using machine learning techniques

Speakers: Peter Cooney and Rashid Mahmood, Toronto Hydro

Roadmap to Energy Storage Standards Development – Updates and Relevance

Tutorial 2
Time: 3:20pm–5:00pm
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Location: Library Building – Library Lecture Hall – LIB72

Synopsis: In this tutorial, the updates and relevance of the recent developments to energy storage standards will be presented. The topics that will be discussed in this tutorial include: technology and market review of electrical energy storage systems (EESS), value chain and applications of EESS, energy storage systems safety road map, current EESS codes and standards landscape, recent standard development activities, and opportunities and challenges of EESS standards development.


Mohsen Mahmoudysepehr is the Project Manager for Renewables and Energy Storage at CSA Group. Mohsen holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has more than fifteen years of experience in smart and renewable energy, electronics/optoelectronics manufacturing, energy storage, aerospace, and advanced materials. His professional experience spans across technical project management, budget and resource planning, innovative strategic partner & supplier development, design, implementation and optimization of manufacturing processes for new products. He is currently managing standards development activities at CSA Group in existing areas, as well as conducting business development initiatives to expand the portfolio into new areas within the electro technical sector with primary focus on the Renewable Energy and Energy Storage market.

Planning Aspects of Asset Management for Electrical Utilities

Tutorial 3
Time: 9:00am–10:00am
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Location: Library Building – Library Lecture Hall – LIB72

Synopsis: Starting with the asset management framework, the participants will learn different elements of asset-centred corporate risk formulation and how these are developed and cascaded into the creation of utilities’ capital and maintenance investments taking a risk-based investment approach. Finally, participants will discuss and understand how these diverse investments can be optimized through difficult trade-offs in order to minimize corporate risk in the face of challenging constraints be they financial, safety, environmental, or any other. Easily applied to a utility of any size, the approach and principles discussed compel asset managers to take action when warranted and to defend their actions with facts and figures.


Birendra (Bob) N. Singh is a former IESO Distinguished Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University, Toronto has thirty-five years of diversified experience including asset management, long/short-term system planning, corporate strategy/policy, etc. in the transmission and distribution (T&D) areas of the electrical utility business. He held positions at Hydro One Networks, Toronto Hydro, former North York Hydro and Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro.


David Curtis has over thirty-five years of extensive experience in transmission, distribution and generation of the electrical utility business. His areas of expertise include asset management (PAS 55 and ISO 55000), regulatory affairs, corporate strategy/policy, business transformation, R&D, etc. David has held positions at former Ontario Hydro and Hydro One Networks. David has served on many committees/panels including the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Technical Panel, C1 System Development and Economics study committee of CIGRE, etc.

IEEE Standards Tutorial – Changes in the New Energy Market

Tutorial 4
Time: 1:20pm–5:00pm
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Location: Library Building – Library Lecture Hall – LIB72


  • 1:20-2:05 Keynote: The Future of Utility Business Vision Within the Energy Cloud Ecosystem
    Célestin Ratsimbazafy, Network Strategy Engineer, Smart Network and Technology Solutions, Hydro Quebec
  • 2:15-2:30 IEEE Standards Association Overview and Key New Energy Activities
    Mary Lynne Nielsen, Global Operations and Outreach Program Director, IEEE Standards Association, moderator
  • 2:30-3 Hydro Quebec’s Energy Cloud Architecture
    Célestin Ratsimbazafy, Network Strategy Engineer, Smart Network and Technology Solutions, Hydro Quebec
  • 3-3:20 Break
  • 3:20-3:50 IEEE 2030.5 Smart Grid Standards
    Robby Simpson, System Architect, GE Grid Solutions; Vice-Chair, IEEE 2030.5 Working Group
  • 3:50-4:20 Are You Ready for Changes in Interconnection? An In-Depth Review of the IEEE 1547 Revision
    Mark Siira, Director of Business Development and Technology Strategy ComRent Load Bank Solutions; Chair, IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) on Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage
  • 4:20-4:50 Panel Discussion: What Standards Gaps Need to Be Addressed for the New Energy Market?



Célestin Ratsimbazafy is a Senior Professional Engineer for Hydro-Quebec, North America’s largest producer of renewable energy and operator of an extensive high-voltage transmission system. Hydro-Quebec is the only North American power utility to have its own large research institute, IREQ.

Célestin is involved in the worldwide energy transition business related to the fourth industrial revolution and the ongoing digital era. His experience in the electricity energy markets includes renewable energies, ancillary service and capacity markets design, energy storage technology, T&D Smart Grids analysis, and regulations.

Célestin has a unique blend of experience gained from working in both academia, aeronautical systems engineering, and the power system industry; he has been working in the electric power systems innovations area since 1997, focusing on the vision of the future of utilities including both sides of technological innovation for smart distribution grids and the new disruptive business models throughout the energy cloud ecosystem deposit.

Célestin’s passion is to share vision, inspire, and motivate others to be successful as a master designer for smart cities sustainable development projects. His innovative approaches combine a perfect balance of disruptive technologies and disruptive business models well suited for making business successes in the ongoing digital era of smart cities. He provides strategic assessment on sustainable urban development and also Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects to assist cities and municipalities in developing innovative solutions.
His current areas of expertise include strategies for sustainable development, smart grid innovations (T&D grids), information systems (big data, security and analytics), Internet of Things (IoT), nanotechnology sensors, managing strategy and innovations in the digital era, designing smart cities, technology-enabled business models, large projects management, coaching cities and municipalities for sustainable urban development projects, and climate change businesses.

Célestin holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering as well as an M.Sc.A in systems engineering from École Polytechnique of Université de Montréal in Canada. In addition to his deep technical system controls skills, Célestin has built up a solid business knowledge foundation through executive courses and management training programs, mainly from Air France in France, Boeing Commercial Airplane in USA, British Aerospace BAE Systems in England, Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Canada, McGill Executive Institute in Canada, and Project Management Institute (PMI) in Canada.


Mary Lynne Nielsen has worked in the technology standards field for over 25 years, supporting the creation of industry consensus at the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). Currently, she is the Global Operations and Outreach Program Director for the IEEE-SA, developing and leading effective coordination and collaboration for successful IEEE-SA outreach efforts with national, regional, and global organizations. Mary Lynne also supports the development of IEEE’s programs focusing on the intersection of technology and policy.

As a leader for IEEE-SA’s technology policy and international activities program, Mary Lynne provides thought leadership, planning, and execution of outreach programs that work with IEEE-SA functions, existing and new programs, and opportunities to increase the global presence of the IEEE-SA. Her particular geographic areas of focus are North, Central, and South America.

Mary Lynne also acts as a catalyst for collaboration within IEEE and between IEEE and others in advancing emerging and converging technologies and supporting multi-stakeholder discussions, serving as a speaker at and developer of multiple conferences. A graduate of Indiana University, Mary Lynne has also completed executive education at Cornell University. She is the recipient of an IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation as well as an Appreciation Award from the IEEE-SA Standards Board.


Mark Siira is the Director of Utility Compliance and Solutions for ComRent International, a leader in load testing solutions for critical facilities and utility-scale systems.   Mark is responsible for technology strategy and external communication content.

Mark is a senior member of IEEE and currently active as a leader in several standards-making organizations as chair of IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21. In this role, he leads the development of all interconnection and interoperability standards for fuel cells, photovoltaics, dispersed generation, and energy storage. Concurrently, he is vice-chair for the IEEE 1547-2018 interconnection standard and is sub-group chair of IEEE P1547.1, installation evaluation and commissioning.

Mark is also an active participant in the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee, serving as vice-chair of committee K10, SCC21 Distributed Resources Standard Coordination, and is a contributor to IEEE C37.233 on protection system testing.

Mark is a member of the UL Standards Technical Panels 1741 (inverters), UL2200 (generators) and 6171 (wind farms interconnection), and he is sub-group chair of the EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Robby Simpson, PhD, is a system architect for GE Grid Solutions, where he guides the architectures for GE smart grid systems. Accordingly, Robby divides his time between designing and evaluating GE Grid Solutions’ architectures with particular attention to scalability, security, and interoperability and standards bodies’ activities.

Robby has been engaged in the smart grid industry for a number of years, particularly in the areas of distributed energy resources, AMI, metering, demand response, and home area networking, and has been heavily involved in accelerating standards for smart grid interoperability. Robby is active in IEEE (he is a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors, chair of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, and vice -chair of IEEE 2030.5), ANSI, IEC, IETF, SEPA (he is vice-chair of OpenFMB), and the ZigBee Alliance. Through these efforts, he not only helps to accelerate standards development, but also ensures the adoption of those standards within GE and the market as a whole.

Robby received his B.S. in computer engineering from Clemson University and his M.S.E.C.E. and Ph.D. (electrical and computer engineering) degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he focused on internet measurements, large-scale simulation, network protocols, and information security. Prior to focusing on the smart grid, Robby worked on satellite communications at MIT’s Lincoln Labs.

Robby has published several refereed conference and journal papers on topics ranging from network measurements, network security, and network simulation to superconductor behavior. Robby has also received numerous awards for his academic and industry efforts and is an Eagle Scout (and still believes it to be worth mentioning all these years later).

In his spare time, Robby enjoys horseback riding, playing table tennis, traveling, and spending time with his family.