Power system operators launch new global consortium


The Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST) has been launched to address barriers to scaling clean energy integration.

The goal of the consortium is to dramatically accelerate the transition to low emission and low cost, secure and reliable power systems by enabling the efficient integration of substantial clean energy investments into power systems.

The Consortium is led by the CEOs of six system operators, Audrey Zibelman from the Australia Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Elliot Mainzer from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Bill Magness from Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Fintan Slye from National Grid ESO UK, Mark Foley from Ireland’s EirGrid and Thomas Egebo from Denmark’s Energinet.

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These founding members are partnering with more than 25 system operators from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and other regions, as well as with research and educational institutions from around the world to help guide the G-PST vision.

“Countries around the world are looking to pursue a path to modern, low emissions energy systems, but face significant challenges in acquiring and applying the technical knowledge needed to operate and plan rapidly transforming power systems,” said Zibelman at the launch.

“This consortium will help meet this need by engaging key power system operators, applied research and educational institutions, governments, businesses and stakeholders from developed and developing countries to accelerate clean energy transitions at the ambitious scope and scale that is required.”

The Consortium is focussing its activities in five areas, including performing cutting edge research; providing implementation support for engineering and operational solutions; supporting workforce development; building and disseminating open access data and tools; and accelerating localised technology adoption, standards development and testing programmes.

Some of the first outcomes expected are to publish a comprehensive research agenda identifying immediate priorities with the intent to start work in early 2021, and to finalise topics and prepare example modules for a power sector training curriculum.

Another is to launch technical support partnerships with 10 system operators in emerging and developing countries. One such collaboration is already under way to support control room upgrades with Indonesia’s system operator, Perusahaan Listrik Negara.

New cutting edge open tools to support advanced system operation also are planned.