Power Systems - Making the Right Decisions



This seminar will be of interest to engineers who need a deeper understanding of the power system in order to make better business decisions. The target audience is engineers needing to know about their interconnection to the power system because of their load, self-generation, interaction with the utility and AESO and others. EIT engineers would also benefit from this seminar.

The main learning objective is to give the participant an understanding of the physical aspects of power system components, and how they fit and work together.

At the end of the seminar, the participant will be able to ask the right questions with the ultimate objective of saving their company time and money.

What you will learn

The seminar presents the electric power system at a fundamental component level. The seminar covers planning, equipment characteristics, how the power system equipment works and fits together. The seminar is illustrated with real life examples from the seminar presenter’s extensive knowledge and experience.

Other components of the power system are discussed and illustrated:

  • NERC, Reliability, Protection and Blackouts.
  • How Canada’s two deregulated markets work.
  • What future challenges does the power system face.

The power system is presented from a unique perspective. The emphasis is on the physical attributes of the power system equipment. Although mathematics is used to illustrate some aspects, mathematics is kept to a minimum.

Shortcut methods are illustrated that will allow the engineer to develop an understanding of the challenges they are facing.

The seminar is interactive, discussion is encouraged and class exercises are provided to illustrate the topics covered.

For the practicing engineer the seminar’s secondary theme is ‘put pencil to paper before fingers on the keyboard.’

  Date and Time




  • 9030 Macleod Trail South
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada T2H 0M4
  • Building: The Carriage House Inn
  • Room Number: Surrey Room
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  • Starts 21 October 2015 11:15 AM
  • Ends 19 February 2016 02:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Mountain
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Regular, Vegetarian
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Bill Kennedy, P.Eng., FEIC, LSMIEEE

Bill Kennedy, P.Eng., FEIC, LSMIEEE of b7kennedy & Associates Inc.


Power Systems - Making the Right Decisions


The seminar leader is W.O. (Bill) Kennedy, P.Eng. FEIC. Bill has 40 plus years’ experience in the electric power industry. He has worked in the deregulated electric industry in Alberta since 1997, first for ESBI Alberta Ltd. and then AESO. In 2005, he reestablished his consulting practice and assists Clients in the four western provinces in their dealings with utilities and other entities.

Prior to that he worked for a utility where he held positions as head of the Protection Department and Transmission Planning Manager. His responsibilities included making recommendations to the executive and Board of Directors on multimillion dollar projects.

His experience includes work on projects in nine of Canada’s ten provinces. He has worked internationally on projects in Pakistan, Iran, Peru and Serbia.

His expertise was recognized by the Engineering Institute of Canada when he was made a Fellow in 1998. IEEE Canada awarded Bill the Outstanding Engineer Medal in 2014. In 2015 IEEE Canada awarded him the Power Medal ‘for outstanding contributions to the practice of power system protection and planning.’

Active in IEEE, he is a past Director of Region 7 (Canada) and Division VII (PES). He is a Life Senior Member of IEEE.

Address:Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bill Kennedy, P.Eng., FEIC, LSMIEEE of b7kennedy & Associates Inc.


Power Systems - Making the Right Decisions


Address:Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Day 1  (8.15am - 4.30pm)

8:15-8:30  Sign-in (first day only)

1. Introduction
2. Basic Electricity
3. Planning Process
4. Generators
5. Transformers
6. Transmission Lines
8. Breakers
9. Substations
10. Motors

Day 2  (8.30am - 4.30pm)
11. Putting the Power System Together
12. Modelling the Power System
13. Stability
14. Reactive Power
15. Protecting the Power System
16. Transmission Losses
17. North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC)
18. Tie Lines and Interconnections
19. Blackouts
20. Electricity Markets
21. Reliability
22. Energy System of the Future
23. Wrap Up

The seminar will be presented over a two day period from 08:30 to 16:30. Lunch is provided (45mins), and there will be 15min morning and afternoon breaks.

Hard copies of the seminar material will be provided in PDF format.  The PowerPoint presentation will not be distributed.

Attendees should bring a calculator and be prepared to work on class assigned exercises.