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Emergency Preparedness and System Restoration 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.

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, by discussion and actively participating in realistic scenario-based table-top exercises/simulations.

Typical Topics

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

Workshop Format

Following a brief subject matter presentation, using the Ontario Power System Restoration Plan, each table interactively discusses and communicates their role during system restoration. The IESO will also present scenarios, then participants will 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.

2016 Workshop Dates






Restoration Workshop

March 8

11:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

March 9

07:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Restoration Workshop

April 6

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

Sault Ste Marie

Restoration Workshop

May 18

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


IESO/Transmitter/Generator Restoration Workshop

June 14

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



Industrial Customers/Distributors & Renewable Restoration Workshop

Sept. 7

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



To register, call 905.855-6226.