System operators to cooperate on emissions reduction

Six of the world’s leading system operators are to join forces to develop methods to transform power systems over the next ten years.

The goal of the Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST) is to dramatically accelerate the transition to low-emission and low-cost, secure, and reliable power systems, contributing to more than 50 per cent emission reductions of all pollutants globally over the next 10 years by enabling the efficient integration of substantial clean energy investments into power systems. 

CEOs of six of the world’s leading system operators, Australia Energy Market Operator (AEMO), National Grid Electricity System Operator UK, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Ireland’s System Operator (EirGrid), and Denmark’s System Operator (Energinet) are leading this consortium. 

“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 Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australia Energy Market Operator. “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.” 

These founding system operators are partnering with more than 25 prominent system operators from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and other regions as well as renowned research and educational institutions from around the world to help guide the G-PST vision. The system operators from emerging and developing countries will engage in technical collaboration, peer learning, and workforce development to support the application of advanced engineering and operational solutions to meet their priorities. 

“We’re excited to join fellow system operators in leading the consortium’s research agenda that is holistic and driven by making it all work together,” said Fintan Slye (pictured), director, National Grid Electricity System Operator. “Through the consortium, we’ll scale up global research collaboration on cutting-edge technical innovations in areas such as real-time intelligent control applications and state- of-the-art power electronics that will enhance the reliability and accelerate our transitions to best-in- class, low emission reliable power systems. These pioneering innovations will be shared rapidly with countries around the world.” 

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