Emergency Preparedness and System Restoration Workshops

 The IESO conducts large-scale integrated emergency exercises to build on Ontario's emergency preparedness. These exercises also help market participants meet their obligations to test their emergency plans. The IESO also offers power system restoration workshops across Ontario.

2017 workshops

Each year, the IESO hosts hands-on workshops in different areas of Ontario designed for transmitters, generators, distribution companies and connected wholesale customers’ participation. Each workshop features a review of the bulk electricity system, its operation, as well as the roles of the IESO and restoration participants in maintaining system reliability during normal and abnormal conditions and when restoring the power system following large-scale blackouts. Specific interactive table-top exercises are used. Five power system reliability workshops and a reliability coordinator to reliability coordinator exercise in are scheduled in 2017.

Workshop objectives

The workshops are targeted to real-time operations staff including new and seasoned operators, supervisors, emergency planning and management staff. The purpose is to provide a focused refresher on reliability preparedness and response. This is an IESO-facilitated workshop at which participants are immersed into the Ontario Power System Restoration Plan (OPSRP), among other system operating procedures.

Typical topics

  • Effective communication
  • Operational issues
  • Operating procedures
  • Ontario Power System Restoration Plan
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Priorities
  • Tabletop drills and exercises

In 2016, approximately 300 system operators from 39 different companies, from all market participant classes, attended restoration workshops.

Workshop format

Following a brief subject matter presentation, using the OPSRP, groups interactively discuss and communicate their role during system restoration. The IESO will also present scenarios, following which participants describe the impact on their facility or operation, how they would respond and who they would coordinate with. IESO staff, including system operators, will facilitate the conversations. The workshops include time for informal discussions and participant networking.

Workshop dates

Location

Description

Dates

Times

Ajax

IESO/Transmitter/Generator/ Industrial Customers/ Distributors & Renewable Restoration Workshop

March 8, 2017

07:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m.

Windsor

IESO/Transmitter/Generator/ Industrial Customers/ Distributors & Renewable Restoration Workshop

April 4, 2017

07:30 a.m. –
4:30 p.m.

Sault Ste Marie

IESO/Transmitter/Generator/ Industrial Customers/ Distributors & Renewable Restoration Workshop

May 10, 2017

07:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m.

Kincardine

IESO/Transmitter/Generator/ Industrial Customers/ Distributors & Renewable Restoration Workshop

June 7, 2017

07:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m.

London

IESO/Transmitter/Generator/ Industrial Customers/ Distributors & Renewable Restoration Workshop

Sept. 6, 2017

07:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m.

To register, call 905.855-6226