Guest Lecture on PHEV - Nov. 22 2011

Title:         Plug-in Electric Vehicle Impact on Ontario's Grid
Speaker:   Claudio Cañizares, Ph.D., P.Eng., FIEEE
Professor, Hydro One Endowed Chair and 
Associate Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)

Date:         Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011
Time:        4:30 p.m.
Location: Galbraith Building, Room GB 248, University of Toronto
Refreshments will be provided, all are welcome.


The expected growth is PEVs in the next decade has created significant concerns among utilities worldwide regarding the impact that this additional load will have at all levels of the power grid, from generators to transmission lines to distribution systems. With the current aggressive green energy policies in Ontario, which include significant rebates to motivate the purchasing of PEVs, there is an urgent need to understand the effects, both positive and negative, that these vehicles could have on Ontario's grid, so that appropriate grid plans can be developed and implemented to minimize the negative effects that PEVs may have on the grid and maximize their benefits. Thus, this presentation will concentrate on describing the deterministic and probabilistic studies that have been carried out at the University of Waterloo to analyze the effects of PEVs on Ontario's generation and transmission systems for the next 15 years.  The mathematical models and assumptions on which these studies are based, as well as the results of their application to a realistic planning model of Ontario's generation and transmission systems will be discussed in some detail. It will be shown that Ontario's current generation and transmission system and their planned expansions should be able to readily support, without any upgrades, a significant penetration of PEVs in the transportation system, as long as these vehicles are charged "smartly", which may also have some beneficial effects on Ontario's grid and its associated electricity market and the environment. Finally, the need for further studies and research in the subject will be identified and discussed, from an Ontario centric perspective.  
Claudio A. Cañizares received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica National (EPN), Quito-Ecuador, in 1984 where he held different teaching and administrative positions from 1983 to 1993. His MSc (1998) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been with the E&CE Department, University of Waterloo since 1993, where he has held various academic and administrative positions and is currently a Full Professor, the Hydro One Endowed Chair and an Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). His research activities concentrate mostly on the study of nonlinear systems stability, modeling and computational issues in ac/HVDC/FACTS power systems, and more recently in the areas of price forecasting, demand side management/demand response, distributed generation, microgrids, plug-in electric vehicles and multi-carrier energy systems, all within the context of competitive electricity markets and smart grids. Dr. Cañizares has individually been awarded over $3.5 million on research funds, has supervised/co-supervised close to 90 research fellows and students, and has authored/co-authored over 200 journal and conference papers, technical reports, book chapters and patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has been the recipient of various IEEE-PES Working Group awards, and also holds and has held several leadership positions in various IEEE-PES technical committees, working groups and task forces.