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The Metamorphosis of the Bulk Power System

November 18 @ 13:30 - 15:00


This is a transformational time for the electric power industry. Unprecedented shifts in the resource mix are occurring very rapidly. During these changes, the transitional and resulting resource mix must support the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. The two major emerging issues that should be monitored during the transition are 1) fuel security and 2) new generation or equipment technologies being integrated into the system.

1) The changing resource mix generally will see the integration of a large magnitude of renewable variable energy resources, distributed energy resources, distribution-centric resources, micro- and smart-grids, demand response technologies as well as an increasing reliance on just-in-time delivery of natural gas to fuel new generating capacity. The pace at which the industry is adopting these changes is extraordinary.

2) New types of generation and technologies are being rapidly added to the system. The integration of more distributed energy resources is another critical consideration for bulk power system reliability. As more renewable and distribution-centric resources are added to the system, sufficient essential reliability services must be maintained to assure a steady system.

The metamorphosis of the bulk power system requires industry to amplify expertise and build collaborative bridges. By identifying and quantifying emerging issues, risk-informed recommendations can be provided and key partners engaged. Collaborative activities throughout the industry are needed to support a learning environment towards improved reliability performance.

Speaker(s): Mark G. Lauby,


1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Coffee and Refreshments 

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Talk by Mark Lauby, VP NERC

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Questions & Answers Session

Room: 1B12
Bldg: Engineering Building
57 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


November 18
13:30 - 15:00
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