Webinar: Modern Grid and Dynamic Systems Resilience, Sustainability, Protection and Operation


IEEE South Saskatchewan Section, IEEE North Saskatchewan, Young Professionals South Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science are pleased to present the webinar on "Modern Grid and Dynamic Systems Resilience, Sustainability, Protection and Operation"


The Electric power industry continues to transform at an accelerating rate. Demand for bundled load is on decline which directly affects the supply side.  Cascading failures present severe threats to power grid reliability and security.

Resilient grid is a paradigm shift which requires a new line of thinking in the engineering, infrastructure, managing reliable operation and maintenance of the grid. The importance of modern electricity grid for sustainable delivery of reliable, communicative, and high-quality electricity is paramount.

  • Characteristics and behavior of the system are changing. Renewable energy source (RES) intermittency has introduced challenges in dispatching mix impacting load forecasting, voltage spikes, frequency excursions, and cyclic operation of thermal plants.
  • Balancing energy sources to efficiency operate the grid, minimize exposure to cascading events and need for oscillatory stability management are amongst key operational objectives.
  • Timely detection, mitigation and prevention of cascades of disturbances are of significant importance. Root causes from outage propagation of the blackouts, and key lessons from recent events can be leveraged to further enhance the Standards and avoid mistakes of others.  Importance of advanced applications of synchrophasor technology, for better detection, alarming, and mitigation of oscillations and cascading outages are key.
  • The need for timing precision, new protection, automation, and operational solutions have become vital. Advanced simulation tools are needed to thoroughly simulate solutions for deployment for dynamic operating conditions. New solutions including topologies, algorithms, and deployment strategies are needed.

An evolving environment requires a transformed grid. The need for new robust and well tested solutions never been more acute.  Advancements in Artificial Intelligence have helped in growth and in acceptance of digital platforms, and more efficient energy-management.  When properly implemented, advanced portfolio of sensors, timing technologies, services and solutions enable us to build more reliable systems supporting today’s needs and future autonomous grids.

This lecture will cover energy and technology transformation, practical examples of dynamic operating system encounters in hybrid systems, cascading and oscillatory stability management tools and practices, root causes from outage propagation of major blackouts and related lessons, and solutions to manage operational aspects of the grid system, system restoration, assets over life cycle, security, and the new skillsets required. Grid Resiliency identifiers from Reliability, mitigation and prevention of cascading failures while operating the modern-day grid with practical examples will be shared.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 16 Sep 2021
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Saskatchewan
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  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Canada

  • Co-sponsored by IEEE North Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan
  • Starts 10 September 2021 02:30 PM
  • Ends 16 September 2021 02:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Saskatchewan
  • No Admission Charge


Vahid Madani Vahid Madani of GridTology, LLC.


Vahid Madani, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE – is Executive Engineer at GridTology, LLC., an international advising corporation and training institution in advanced power systems applications, grid modernization, and deployment of emerging technology in generation, transmission, and distribution.

Madani’s experience spans across system planning, operation, protection and control engineering and is recognized for his expert support in grid modernization and deployment of emerging technology including Wide-area systems and RAS (Remedial Action Scheme).

Dr. Madani has held many roles including Chair of the IEEE PES Fellows Committee, and Chair of the PES Awards and Recognition. Within the industry, his leadership roles include Regional Reliability at the Western Electricity, advisor to the National Science Foundation for smart grid Research Grants, Chair of the Standards for Synchrophasor systems at NERC, advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on wide-area systems and on portfolio of energy programs, and is a member of National Executive Committee for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) a US Spaced-Based Program.

Madani’s publications and transactions are frequently cited.  He has co-authored text books and reference handbooks, is a Fellow of IEEE, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, a board-certified Electrical Engineer in California, and holds multiple US and International patents.

Address:United States


When: Thursday, 16 September 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm (Regina Time)

Where: Webex Presentation (See Location Section for Link)