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EDIST 2017

We were pleased to include the following speakers as part of our EDIST 2017 presentations

Opening Keynote Address – Innovate or Die

How will your business or industry not only survive, but thrive in a world where technology and constant change keeps on challenging the status quo? Today, we’re seeing big disruptions in the business environment, like two people start-ups taking on multi-national giants that have been around forever, and putting them out of business. Or how consumers dictate every aspect of the business life-cycle in order to get exactly what they want. Justin Kingsley will deliver a talk that needs to be heard. His authenticity shines through his real life examples of businesses he has helped reinvent. Justin distills practical tactics to stay ahead of the curve, whether through innovation, breaking down internal silos, or simply getting your act together. Justin is as real as they get, and his talk will leave you with practical takeaways to implement in the office the very next day. No presentation available

Concurrent Session #1 – Engineering Track A1

Innovative Asset Management For Infrastructure Planning Using Optimized Decision Models (ODM)

As Ontario’s electricity market is rapidly shifting, managing budgets while providing defensible decisions on infrastructure planning at both the micro and macro level is essential. With today’s technology and data, these decisions can be made easier with the help of an Optimized Decision Model (ODM). Brantford Power’s ODM is a valuable tool in supporting objective decision making, reducing risk while managing assets in a manner that optimizes cost and maintains an acceptable level of service.

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Concurrent Session #1 – Operations Track B1

Field Repair and Corrosion Protection by Cold Spray

Maintenance of electric power distribution systems is very important to avoid costly repairs of equipment. Therefore, application of advanced technologies for field maintenance purposes of electric equipment is of great interest. From this viewpoint, a recently developed Double Flow Supersonic Cold Spray (DFSCS) technology looks quite promising since it allows on-site express repair of equipment tanks and enclosures and also provides effective corrosion protection of the repaired areas. Analysis of the on-site field repairs results shows that the maintenance cost can be substantially reduced by the application of the DFSCS process. The DFSCS process-based repairs were implemented using a portable DFSCS machine and resulted in a much longer equipment maintenance cycle, with consequent substantial cost reduction.  

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Concurrent Session #1 – Info Systems Track C1

Utility Data Integration – Operational Data Store (ODS) 2.0 Paradigm

Innovative utilities are generating data more than ever before. This data growth includes an increase in data volumes, velocity and variety. Introduction of interval meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Smart Grid sensors and IoT devices created large amounts of partially utilized data. ODS 2.0 unlocks the power of this data by integrating all utility operational data in one repository. This evolution of the ODS capabilities enables advanced reporting functions and utility analytics driven informed decisions.

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Concurrent Session #2 – Engineering Track A2

Wood Pole Strength Assessment

Kingston Hydro is developing a new inspection process for its wooden distribution poles to ensure effective and efficient capital planning. Qualitative condition data is collected through visual inspection. Quantitative residual strength is measured using the Polux 5. This session will provide an overview Pole Strength Assessment methodology, data requirements for pole strength assessment and an overview of the Polux 5 test device. This session will also look at best practices and its use in infrastructure planning

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Concurrent Session #2 – Operations Track B2

Power Quality – Empowering the Customer

Over the last decade, energy efficiency programs have shaped the demand landscape in Ontario and with it, have expedited the introduction of “non-traditional” loads within most LDC service territories. As a result of this transformation, provincial peaks and total consumption have declined while the impacts of traditional distribution system events have created production and operations issues to many of the larger loads. In response to this evolving requirement, Toronto Hydro has deployed an expanded network of power quality grade meters in support of its efforts to provide customers with pertinent information regarding the characteristics of the supply they received, and an improved ability to address their sensitivities to system level disruptions through greater awareness. As the expected demand for enhanced power quality continues to increase, Toronto Hydro is exploring how best to accompany and support its customers in identifying and commissioning the required power conditioning equipment.

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Concurrent Session #2 – Info Systems Track C2

Smart Mobile Inspections for Today’s Field Operations

Veridian Connections implemented a mobile workforce management system to help manage their asset inspections more efficiently. Using an integrated enterprise solution to maximize the return on investment for each truck roll for asset inspection and maintenance work, Veridian was able to drastically reduce the cost of their field operations. By integrating their mobile workforce management to their existing systems and using smart forms, workflows and data validation, field technicians can complete their work efficiently and with accuracy.

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Concurrent Session #3 – Engineering Track A3

Capital Planning for Substations

Many Small LDCs in Ontario are grappling with the need to refurbish or replace aging substation assets in order to maintain or improve system reliability while mitigating the impact to rates. Center Wellington Hydro and Costello Associates have just completed a multi-year program of upgrades to its six substations in Fergus and Elora. The presentation will focus on the overall project plan from the initial asset condition assessment, through the OEB for rates approval, to engineering, project management, construction, and to final commissioning.

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Concurrent Session #3 – Operations Track B3

Unlocking Operational Efficiency Through GPS and Mobile Technologies 

Fort Frances Power Corporation, a small electric distribution utility company in North Western Ontario was looking to reduce personnel and equipment cost by improving their efficiencies in performing field asset inspections and maintenance activities quickly and accurately. They were also wanting to comply with latest regulations which required them to keep accurate information about the condition of their assets. They partnered with GISBiz in deploying an innovative mobile GPS based software solution that is helping them get closer to those goals. This presentation will discuss FFPC experience along with a live demo of the software.

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Concurrent Session #3 – Info Systems Track C3

Leveraging Smart Meters for Engineering & Operations

Smart meters can be leveraged to enhance utility operations, in addition to improving the accuracy and speed of billing. To realize the supplemental benefits of smart meters, London Hydro has undertaken projects to leverage smart meters for load analysis, improving system and customer voltages, and outage management. Project implementation involved the integration of various technologies including cloud-based Amazon Redshift for the data warehouse, Tableau Server for the data presentation, SAP/PI and Integraph’s Outage Management System (OMS) for outage reporting.


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PLENARY #1: OEB Cyber Security Framework

The Ontario Energy Board is leading the development of a new Cybersecurity Framework for Ontario’s energy distribution sector. When launched, it will impact Ontario’s electricity and gas distributors first, but clearly, have implications for virtually everyone who interfaces with the electricity distribution network. Many observers see updating the cyber security and reliability of Ontario’s power system as one of the most important initiatives in recent years.

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Concurrent Session #4 – Engineering Track A4

Pole-Mounting Energy Storage System for Reliability Enhancement of Local Distribution Companies

Power systems are currently experiencing a paradigm change due to the integration of renewable sources, penetration of electric vehicles, and advancements in smart grid technology. Energy storage systems are sought to enable this transformation. Energy storage technologies and their power grid applications are developing at a fast pace. This presentation speaks about the design, development, and testing of a pole-mounted energy storage system (PMESS) based on lithium-ion batteries. The PMESS provides load curve smoothing and peak shaving services at feeder level. A prototype unit of the PMESS is installed and tested on a Toronto Hydro system where the results show positive impact on the performance of the connected distribution transformer.

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Concurrent Session #4 – Operations Track B4

Light Rail Transit Implementation – Lessons Learned

This presentation summarizes Waterloo North Hydro’s experience with a complex large-scale relocation project in connection with the construction of Light Rail Transit (LRT) in the Region of Waterloo. The presentation will be a lessons-learned style and will cover a topic of negotiating a cost recovery agreement, implications of working closely with design-build contractors, scheduling challenges for multi-location projects, and construction challenges associated with field conflicts.

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Concurrent Session #4 – Info Systems Track C4

Achieving Cyber Security Objectives through Practical Processes, Practices and Tooling

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is developing a framework for the electricity distribution sector that is focused on ensuring the reliability of service delivery and protecting the privacy of personal information. Both generic and industry specific frameworks and standards, like NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), provide valuable guidance in regards to the “what” and “why” aspects of cyber security programs, but what about the “how”? This presentation will address the “how” of cyber security programs by offering practical recommendations for processes, practices, and tooling that will enable your organization to achieve its key cyber security objectives.

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Concurrent Session #5 – Engineering Track A5

The Value of Cable Diagnostic Testing

The presentation will be focused on Hydro Ottawa’s experience with a cable asset management program over the last decade and how it has evolved as a result of increased asset intelligence from cable testing. Topics will include data extrapolation and interpretation to support the long term asset planning process (reliability forecasts, and failure projections) and project prioritization, using NRC’s Non-Destructive Polarization/Depolarization Current Measurement technology, as well as other asset intelligence. There will be some discussion on the evaluation of cable rejuvenation and tracking aging assets with NRC’s innovative

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Concurrent Session #5 – Operations Track B5

Evaluating Centralized and Distributed Approaches to FLISR

PowerStream has deployed and is evaluating three different approaches to Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR). These include both centralized and distributed approaches to FLISR. In this presentation, PowerStream will discuss the various technologies chosen, present the lessons learned from deploying these technologies as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. To conclude, an overview of the results from deploying these technologies in their live production system will be discussed.

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Concurrent Session #5 – Info Systems Track C5

How a Small Utility Achieved Best-in-Class Customer Engagement Through Leveraging Disaggregation Technology

Oshawa PUC Networks is a lean utility with a big goal of increasing customer engagement and loyalty through driving customer-centric innovations. Recently, OPUCN piloted HomeBeat smart meter disaggregation technology to offer a digital tool for residential customers. The pilot achieved 200 per cent of its registration target, exceeded standards for technology persistence, and resulted in two per cent energy savings. Details on evolving technology solutions will be shared, as well as timely themes from customer feedback surveys.

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Concurrent Session #6 – Engineering Track A6

Better Lightning Protection with Insulation, Arrestors and Grounds


Lightning is a major cause of distribution system outages. With annual ground strikes expected inincrease 50 per cent by 2100, utilities need effective, economic mitigation measures. A recent lightning protection study at PowerStream identified 30 industry best practices, most of them involving better insulation, arresters and grounds. These are summarized, along with expected improvement based on experience at PowerStream and elsewhere.

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Concurrent Session #6 – Operations Track B6

Increase Reliability & Productivity – A New Lateral Protection Strategy

With the limited coordination that can be achieved using conventional recloser fuse-saving, customers experience frequent momentary outages. When a fuse-blowing strategy is employed instead, any fault on a lateral will result in frequent and lengthy outages. The new lateral protection strategy bridges the gap between the two conventional fuse coordination philosophies. By using custom-generated fuse-saving curves and only tripping when the fuse may actually be saved, the best combination of reliability, overcurrent protection and increased productivity is achieved.

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Concurrent Session #6 – Info Systems Track C6

Implementation of Innovation “Next Generation” CIS Software – Strategic Positioning for the “Tipping Point”

A discussion of the benefits, opportunities and challenges of implementing innovative ‘Next Generation’ CIS software. The presentation will cover multi-platform, single architecture technology, advanced CIS design, automated billing templates, efficient / high volume data base processing, cost effective application integration, and Best Practices. Positioning a utility for the ‘Tipping Point’… ready to respond on a timely basis to customer driven functionality, new public policy and Ontario regulatory changes while managing utility operating costs.

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Concurrent Session #7 – Engineering Track A7

 Penetanguishene Microgrid – A Practical Case Study of a Distribution Connected Microgrid

In 2015, PowerStream in partnership with the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) initiated a project to build an advanced Microgrid in Penetanguishene, ON. At the heart of the solution is the Microgrid DER Automation System (MiDAS). This is an advanced Microgrid controller that can operate autonomously while allowing integration into PowerStream’s SCADA system. It has the ability to forecast demand, analyze pricing, execute Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) and calculate real-time power flow. By utilizing these modules, the autonomous controller can optimize the way in which power is delivered to a significant part of the Town of Penetanguishene. The session will focus on the challenges faced as well as the lessons learned in the deployment of the system as well as the performance of the system so far.

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Concurrent Session #7 – Operations Track B7

The St. Lawrence Seaway Implements a Closed Loop, Fault Detection and Isolation Automation Solution to Transform its Distribution Systems

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation modernized their locks with the world’s first vertically raising and lowering, vacuum mooring system, known as Hands-Free Mooring (HFM). By implementing this technology SLSMC was able to enhance the efficiency and safety of lock   operations. In order to power this system an automated closed loop distribution system incorporating fibre optic cable and IEC61850 communication was implemented. This solution enabled SLSMC to achieve a very high degree of   reliability, responsiveness, and operational flexibility.


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Concurrent Session #7 – Info Systems Track C7

Is there an App for That?

As mobile computing becomes more entrenched in our everyday activities, the growth of smart apps has been prolific. Given the evolution of the population towards an app-centric mindset, London Hydro recognized that some of the field services could be delivered using an app platform. To that end apps have been deployed in the areas of Health and Safety, project cost management, defective equipment reporting and facility entry control.


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PLENARY #2: Energy Storage – Applications

This presentation will review current applications for energy storage and explore future applications driven by increasing customer demands and evolving technology.


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PLENARY #3: Lessons Learned From Charging Stations

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been arriving in car showrooms for some time now as consumers and businesses take the leap to the zero emission world. An EV is any vehicle that is partially or entirely powered by electricity and plugs in to recharge. But what is the practicality of the charging stations? What is the implication on electricity infrastructure? To help answer these questions Guelph Hydro and Burlington Hydro will share their experiences with charging stations. Both these utilities were out of the gates early in adopting charging technologies for electric vehicles. They will share the lessons learned from their experiences as Ontario continues lead the world in developing Smart Grid and advancing the Climate Change Strategy.

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PLENARY #4: Zibi- Net Zero Community

The Zibi development by Windmill is a mixed use community of over four million square feet, built upon an old industrial site straddling the Ontario (Chaudière and Albert Island) and Quebec sides of the Ottawa River. The goal of this development is to build a leading Green community, certified to the One Planet standard. Windmill and Hydro Ottawa are proposing a partnership in a newly formed district utility that will feature a district energy system, advanced technology, and other innovation to achieve zero carbon living for the residents and tenants of the site.


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Closing Keynote Speaker – How will Energy Play in the Upcoming Provincial Election

Innovative Research has been tracking Ontario attitudes for sixteen years. Never in all that time, not even during market opening, have Ontarians been as angry about electricity as they are today. This session will look at issues such as rates, climate change and the regulatory process to focus on how electricity will play out in all three major provincial parties platforms for the upcoming election.


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CON::NECT Event Series Sponsors

We appreciate the CON::NECT Event Series sponsors, whose support has made these valuable events possible.

For sponsorship opportunities in the 2017-18 CON::NECT Event Series program, please email Marica Macura, Manager, Member Relations and Events.

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