Course Duration: 3 Day

Course Format: Lecture type format with case studies, examples and discussions.

Target Participants:

  • Power system practitioners and members of Academia
  • Power system operators and planners
  • Operators and planners from distribution companies
  • Energy Brokers and Aggregators

Key Learning Objectives:

This course provides an up to date perspective on new business models for smart grids, Demand Response programs and system controls. Renewable generation and an increasing penetration of Distributed Energy Resources allow for greater consumer choice, but also require significant changes to the utility paradigm. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the following topics:

  1. Multiple communication layers of Smart Grids
  2. Control and operation of Distributed Energy Resources
  3. The new hub, technologies and Grid Integration Challenge
  4. How Smart Grids increase network resiliency
Course Instructor

Puica Nitu is a Utility Executive with extensive experience in all aspects of power systems operation from fundamentals to energy trading, enterprise risk and regulatory oversight. Ms. Nitu has contributed to complex projects including real time applications and long-term planning (i.e., power system reliability, stability, planning and operational standards). She specializes in Smart Grids, Renewable Generation, Reliability, Financial Engineering, Energy Markets and Power System Integration.

Ms. Nitu has worked for over 25 years with Ontario Power Generation (Revenue $1.2 Billion) and has reviewed NERC and NPCC standards for the Ontario electricity market. Currently, Ms. Nitu is a member of NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), IEEE and Elsevier (since 1990).

Other experiences include a strategic advisory role with a Canadian law firm to assist a large pension fund in investing in renewables and infrastructure projects. Ms. Nitu co-founded the Canadian Institute World Energy System (1994) where she organized Energy Conferences in Canada, Romania, Japan, Italy and at the Academy of Science in Russia.

Puica Nitu has chaired international conferences, lectured on several continents, published a book, as well as over 25 technical papers including a policy position paper in the Ontario Journal for Public Policy. Ms. Nitu has also delivered a successful seminar organized by the Power Engineering Society, IEEE, followed by a dynamic international activity, with seminars delivered to power companies worldwide: SEC, Saudi Arabia, TNB, Malaysia, EDP, Portugal , ESKOM, South Africa, Japan, RENEL, Romania, and others. With strong leadership capabilities, Puica Nitu has a proven record in bringing people together and speaking at the right level across organizations.

Puica Nitu is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada.

Course Highlights:
This course provides insight into Smart Grids: intelligent electrical networks with two-way energy flows and real-time data collection. System automation is increasingly sophisticated, with advanced information technologies and digital controls that can provide self-healing elements as well as facilitate new business models for all classes of customers.

This extends customer engagement with utilities or power providers to new types of contractual arrangements with innovative means to access to information. Electricity customers emulate the enterprise as they represent a new platform for big data, smart energy appliances, software programs and online mobile applications.

The course examines the smart grid as a platform, its multiple layers, the various controls over the grid, and the evolving relationship between energy actors and customers. Power electronic technologies with self-commutated converters are examined as to whether they result in a more effective and economical operation of the grid. Cyber Security is addressed and Blockchain technology is introduced as a new line of defense against cyber threats.


  • Transactive Energy
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Example of collaboration with other Market Entities and Government Agencies       


  • Power Electronics and Smart Grids
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure


  • Roadmap and Architecture
  • Centralized versus un-centralized architecture
  • Systems Interface Architecture
  • Power Electronics
    • Static Var Compensators
    • Distribution Voltage and VAR Control
    • Intelligent Transformers
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure


  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Controllers for Local Energy Networks
  • Residential Energy Management Systems
  • Big Data


  • Solar Power
  • Wind Power
  • AC and DC Networks using Semi Conductor Switches


  • Technologies
  • Electrical Vehicles


  • Demand Response
  • Storage
  • Distributed Energy Resources


  • Power Electronic Technologies with Self-commutated Converters


  • Weather Normal Load Forecasting
  • Volumetric Risk


  • Standards – Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), IEEE, NIST, IEC, NARUC, others


  • Compliance
  • Blockchain – The Next Line of Defence