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Now available: new book captures 10 years of smart microgrid research

book coverAvailable now from CRC Press, “Smart Microgrids: Lessons from Campus Microgrid Design and Implementation” provides a system-level approach to the design of smart Microgrids, covering the entire design process—from roadmap to realization.  Edited by NSMG-Net Scientific Director Hassan Farhangi, the book details lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid in Microgrid technology, and brings an interdisciplinary approach to design and problem solving for smart microgrids.

Final AGM Wrap Up a Success

A sincere thank you to the many researchers, graduate students and stakeholders who attended the final NSMG-Net AGM in Markham on October 5.  A special thanks to our keynote speakers (Dr. Chris Marnay and Edward Arlitt) and panel members (Richard Wunderlich, Eric Deschenes, Jean Lessard and Lisa Dignard), who shared valuable insights and contributed to an informative discussion on the future of microgrid research in Canada.

AGM 2015 group photo

2015 AGM attendees (photo by S. Wong)


We are pleased to provide slide decks for some of the presentations and posters at the meeting – click on the links below to view (more to be added as they become available).

Microgrids Before and After Fukashima-Sandy – Chris Marnay, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Perspectives on Smart Grid Development – Edward Arlitt, IESO

Theme 1 Research Update – Reza Iravani, University of Toronto

Theme 2 Research Update – Geza Joos, McGill University

Theme 3 Research Update – Julian Meng, University of New Brunswick

Project 2.6 Update:  BCIT Microgrid Demonstration Project –  Hassan Farhangi, BCIT and Geza Joos, McGill University


Graduate Student Posters

A Robust Hierarchical Control Structure for Virtual Power Plants – Fahimeh Kazempour, Amirnaser Yazdani, and Reza Iravani

Supervisory Control and Management System for an off-grid Microgrid under High Depth of Penetration of Renewables – Sherif Helmy and Reza Iravani

Open Loop Synchronization of Micro-grids – Y. Zhou and P. Gao

Hierarchical Microgrid Control to facilitate Renewable Generation Integration – Michael Ross and Farah Awan

Optimal Planning of Advanced Microgridswith an Energy Management System – Mike Quashie

The Impacts of Solar-PV Units in a Microgrid – Gail Hayhoe

Distributed Computing Approach to Solve Three-Phase Distribution OPFs – Abolfazl Mosaddegh, Claudio Canizares and Kankar Bhattacharya

Including Smart Loads for Optimal Demand Response in Integrated Energy Management Systems for Isolated Microgrids – Bharatkumar Solanki, Akash Raghurajan, Kankar Bhattacharya & Claudio Cañizares

Frequency Regulation in Isolated Microgrids Through Load Voltage Regulation – Mostafa Farrokhabadi, Claudio A. Cañizares, and Kankar Bhattacharya

Characterization of the wireless channel and applications – James Oyedapo

Multiple-Instance RPL for QoS Differentiation in Microgrid Communications Networks – Gowdemy Rajalingham, Quang-Dung Ho, Tho Le-Ngoc

Distribution Automation Communications: Sensors, Condition Monitoring and Fault Detection – G. Owhuo, J. Cardenas, R. Macdonald, E. Hatfield, Jia Jia

Co-Simulation Platform for Smart Grid Adaptive Volt-VAR Optimization of Distribution Networks using IEC 61850 – Moein Manbachi


AGM Agenda and Travel Information

The fifth and final NSMG-Net Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Hilton Markham Suites and Conference Centre (8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6G 1A5) in  Markham Ballroom A/B.  **Note room change**

The Agenda is as follows:

8.00 Breakfast (Continental)
8.30 Welcome and Introductions – Hassan Farhangi, Scientific Director
8.45 Plenary Presentations: “Perspectives on Microgrid Development” (speakers from IESO, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
10.00 Break
10.15 Research Highlights from NSMG-Net  (presentations by Theme Leaders)
11.30 Updates on cross-theme Projects 2.5 and 2.6
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Graduate Student “Elevator Pitches”
15.00 Break
15.15 Panel Discussion: “The Future of Microgrid Research in Canada: Next Steps”
16.15 Summary and Closing Remarks
16.30 Adjourn
17.30 SmartGrid Canada Reception (at GE Grid IQ Centre to 19.00)

The event is open to all interested parties.  Please notify the Network Manager ( if you wish to attend.

Detailed Agenda (PDF)

Travel Information (Directions, Parking Permit, Accommodations, Information on SmartGrid Canada Conference – PDF)

CEA Launches Special Events Series, Virtual Open House for National Electricity Month 2015

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For the third year running, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has designated June as National Electricity Month in Canada. Accordingly, CEA, in partnership with its corporate utility members, will kick-off the month on June 1 with facility tours, activities, speeches, and special events across the country.

In addition, a new suite of interactive electricity literacy tools are now available on, including a virtual open house that will offer Canadians the opportunity to tour various facilities and projects and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes to bring power to their homes and businesses.

National Electricity Month invites Canadians to learn more about the value that electricity brings to their everyday lives.  By allowing consumers to see how the system works first-hand, CEA hopes to foster a national conversation about the choices that need to be made today if Canada is to maintain a reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity grid in the years to come.

Click here to learn more about National Electricity Month 2015.

Click here to see a comprehensive list of National Electricity Month participants and events.

Click here to visit the Virtual Open House.

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