Members of the G-PST’s founding system operator group, as well as other energy sector leaders, came together, virtually and in-person, for several events at COP26.
G-PST Consortium Represents Power System Progress at United Nations Climate Change Conference
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) provided an opportunity to renew the global effort to identify and implement solutions to decarbonize power systems at the urgent pace necessary to combat the effects of climate change. The G-PST Consortium and its partner organizations were honored to participate in the conference, both virtually and on the ground in Glasgow, by hosting events and developing resources that emphasize the need to support power system operators along the clean energy transition journey through partnership, innovation, and education. Explore the G-PST’s COP26 programming below:
Unlocking Grids to Decarbonize Power Systems Globally: This U.S Center event brought together power sector leaders from the U.S. and U.K., in addition to system operator leaders from Indonesia, California, Germany, Ireland, and Australia, to introduce the G-PST Consortium and its mandate, supporting power system operators in managing clean, reliable, affordable grids, to a global audience. The event also highlighted the G-PST Consortium’s tangible progress since its April 2021 launch and premiered a new initiative, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), focused on promoting opportunities for women in power system operations careers.
Transforming the Grid: Personal Experiences: In this pre-COP event hosted by G-PST’s Pillar 1 lead organization, the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), attendees heard from system operators who are bending the limits of what was previously thought possible with high penetration renewable energy grid operation. Leading system operators shared techniques they use to manage grid frequency and strength, while system operators in countries at earlier stages of renewable energy integration shared plans they are taking to avoid locking in emissions from additional fossil fuel-based generators. By using the lens of individual stories, the session humanized technical topics and shared the triumphs, setbacks, and excitement of one of the greatest technical endeavors of the current era.
Policy Brief: The Intersection of Resource Adequacy and Public Policy: Resource adequacy represents a potential short-term pitfall for ambitious clean energy targets globally. In anticipation of COP26, ESIG’s Resource Adequacy Task Force, with substantial input from subject matter experts from several of the G-PST Consortium’s founding system operators, prepared a brief to support the policy community by offering guidance on managing resource adequacy as the power system transforms.
Accelerating Power System Transformation through Technical Innovation: In partnership with Accenture, the G-PST Consortium co-hosted an event outlining how human ingenuity and collaboration can combine with innovative technology to overcome the operational challenges associated with operating high renewable energy grids. The event included speakers from G-PST partner organizations National Grid Energy System Operator (ESO), Australian Energy Market Operator, Energinet, COES Peru, and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as representatives from the World Economic Forum, Accenture, and Reactive Technologies.