Theme & Focus

Adapting the Grid to the Customer of the Future

Theme :

Customers expect electricity that is reliable, resilient, with a reduced carbon footprint, at reasonable and predictable cost. Customers are looking for choices in how they meet their energy needs and greater access to information to make these choices. These expectations combined with the unparalleled development of distributed energy resources and other disruptive technologies that are alternatives to the grid require us to challenge our historical paradigms.

The grid needs to be resilient, responsive and adaptive to these changing and diverse customer expectations in order to maximize the value of the network. We need to find ways to leverage the existing aging assets and ensure security. The grid is more important than ever to facilitate the future.

To achieve these, at times seemingly conflicting goals, requires the electricity industry to collaborate and innovate to adapt to these changes at an increasingly rapid rate.  CIGRE Canada 2018 will bring together energy and power system leaders and experts to discuss practical solutions to meet these opportunities head-on to better serve our customers.

Focus :

  • Innovative and cost effective integration of renewable and distributed energy resources
    • Innovation in renewable energy generation
    • Distributed energy resources (DERs)
    • Energy storage
  • Technology application to reduce costs and manage aging infrastructure
    • Life extension methods and end of life predictive risk models
    • Online asset health and performance monitoring
    • Leveraging traditional technologies for new applications
  • Security and Resilience to improve reliability
    • Cyber security and physical security
    • Large system disruption preparedness and recovery
    • Geomagnetic and electromagnetic tolerant designs
  • Leveraging operational and customer data to optimize operations
    • Data driven power system analytics or modelling
    • Applications of machine learning
    • Human performance improvements
  • Advanced telecommunication systems for power grid
    • Design and deployment of modern telecom systems
    • Novel utilization of telecommunication in utility business
    • Performance improvement of telecom systems
  • Modernization/digitalization of traditional distribution and transmission systems
    • Opportunities and challenges with distribution evolution
    • Innovation in power grid protection, control and automation
    • Geospatial analysis and 3D modelling
  • Impact of electrification of transportation and other industries on the grid
    • New technologies in electric vehicle (EV) charging
    • Impact of growing electric vehicle adoption on the power grid
    • Modelling of EV loads and escalating harmonic sources
  • Energy policy and market mechanisms needed to support the changing applications of the grid
    • Policy and Regulation on capacity, demand, consumption and de-carbonization
    • Market mechanisms to support energy storage and decentralized resources
    • Transition from coal to alternative fuel powered generation

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