This quarterly newsletter highlights recent projects, partnerships, and resources from the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium.
Coming Together to Focus Our Efforts and Refine Our Goals
In September, we gathered nearly 35 G-PST Consortium leaders in London to take an opportunity to reflect and think critically about where we are now and where we are going. It was evident we have tremendous opportunity in front of us and still much work to be done. Together, we agreed on new, aggressive engineering and dissemination goals to focus our efforts in line with our fundamental mission of rapidly accelerating the clean energy transition. I’m excited to share these goals with you:
- Engineering Goal: Operate a 100% inverter-based resources transmission system by 2025
- Dissemination Goal: Share learnings and technical accomplishments globally to drive step-change in decarbonization of energy systems.
Our strategy session also enabled us to take a hard look at where we are succeeding and where we could be more effective as the G-PST grows. Over the next year, we will be working to ensure even stronger integration among our five G-PST pillars; we will continue building strong partnerships with complementary initiatives so we can build upon each other’s progress; and we will clarify and crystallize what impacts we are measuring as we move forward with new research and projects.
We all walked away from this strategy session inspired by how far G-PST has come in the past two years and motivated to explore how we can push further and reach the next level. If you have any questions about our goals or want to know how you can get more involved, reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are thrilled to have support from so many excellent partners and stakeholders throughout this ambitious journey!
Chair of the Founding System Operators of the G-PST Consortium
Executive Director, National Grid Electricity System Operator, U.K.
Pillar 1 Research Repository Accepting Project Submissions
Based on a recent survey of G-PST members, the System Operator Research & Peer Learning Pillar is compiling a list of relevant research projects that are addressing questions from the G-PST Research Agenda. This Pillar 1 Research Repository contains general information about each research project as well as the G-PST programs and research agenda questions they address. The repository also spotlights institutions and funders who are contributing to completing this research. This Research Repository is a working document, and more contributions are encouraged. Your contributions help the G-PST Consortium assess relevant and ongoing research so that we can identify gaps in research and find ways to improve and increase collaboration.
All contributors to the repository will be invited to a one-day workshop in London on November 10, 2022. Please reach out to Hannele Holttinen at email@example.com if you would like to attend the workshop.
Women in Power System Transformation Concludes Inaugural Internship Program
Women in Power System Transformation (PST), a joint initiative from the USAID-NREL Partnership and the G-PST, addresses educational and professional barriers to women’s entry and advancement in power system operation organizations and advances gender diversity, equity, and inclusion across the sector. This summer, the program placed women graduate students at both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Graduate interns were engaged across a wide variety of technical workstreams where they gained valuable hands-on skills related to power system transformation, had bi-weekly coffee chats with women professionals and experts in their field, and completed an agency-based empowerment training with the Johns Hopkins University Self-Empowerment and Equity for Change (SEE Change) program. The internships concluded in August 2022 with a virtual poster session where each intern presented on their technical work.
2022 Breakthrough Agenda Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Achieve Paris Agreement Goals
At the 2021 COP26 in Glasgow, 45 countries launched the Breakthrough Agenda – a commitment to work together internationally this decade to accelerate the development and deployment of the clean technologies and sustainable solutions needed to meet Paris Agreement goals. To kick-start this Agenda, countries endorsed Breakthrough goals to make clean technologies and sustainable practices more affordable, accessible, and attractive than their alternatives by 2030 in the power, road, transport, steel, hydrogen, and agriculture sectors.
The G-PST Consortium is highlighted in the report by name as an industry body supporting international collaborative work to increase the share of renewables on the power system. G-PST is directly contributing to the Breakthrough Agenda’s efforts by helping solve technical issues at the system operator level, disseminating lessons learned to scale best practices for decarbonization, and enabling system operators to deliver these accomplishments with confidence in the system reliability, affordability, energy security.
G-PST Consortium Joins Initiative to Promote Renewables in Latin America and the Caribbean
On September 22, 2022, the G-PST Consortium was officially confirmed as a partner agency to an initiative called “Renewables in Latin America and the Caribbean” (RELAC). In accordance with the RELAC by-laws, members countries were consulted on the addition of G-PST as a partner agency and the response was overwhelmingly positive, demonstrating an appreciation from RELAC member countries for G-PST’s work globally and in the region. Through participation in RELAC, G-PST will support RELAC’s objective to accelerating renewable energy deployment across Latin America and the Caribbean by sharing knowledge and expertise from our system operator network through communities of practice and other platforms.
Participate in the LF Energy 2022 Transformation Readiness Study
LF Energy, in collaboration with Linux Foundation Research, LF Training and Certification, and partners of the G-PST Consortium, RWTH Aachen, and Zpryme, are conducting research into how to accelerate collaboration among generation owners, distributors, transmission operators, and retailers in support of decarbonization and the energy transition. In order to ensure the research is as accurate and comprehensive as possible, a strong number of responses to this survey is needed. All energy stakeholders, including utilities, traditional suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, government agencies and standards bodies, the energy, technological, venture capital industries, non-governmental organizations, and industry communities, are invited to participate. Please take the time to complete the survey to share your experience and help determine the most important priorities moving forward. A training discount will be offered to survey participants, valid through the end of the year for 25% off any training and certification product offered by The Linux Foundation. Learn more details about the survey.
G-PST Consortium Hosts Official Side Event at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum
The G-PST Consortium hosted an official side event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 22, 2022, at the first-ever Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF), a joint convening of the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial and the 7th Mission Innovation ministerial. The side event gathered consortium leaders and grid system experts for a roundtable discussion that shared examples of technical and operational innovations that are accelerating power sector decarbonization and how to scale these innovations to rapidly integrate variable renewables and other advanced energy solutions into the power system.
Ahead of GCEAF, the G-PST Consortium also contributed to a collaborative report that highlights best practices in planning, building, and operating electricity systems – Lessons Learned for Rapid Decarbonization of Power Sectors (2022).
Breakfast at CIGRE Paris Session Introduces G-PST to Broader System Operator Network
The G-PST Consortium hosted a breakfast at the 2022 CIGRE Paris Session where G-PST’s Pillar 1 co-lead and Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) Executive Director, Charlie Smith, introduced the G-PST and its goals to a broader system operator audience. Representatives from 17 different system operators joined. Examples of cross-fertilization of ideas through the interactions of a diverse body of industry representatives in the G-PST helped tell a compelling story of the benefits of participation and illustrated the point that everyone has something to contribute, and all contributions are welcome. The event’s purpose was to encourage more system operators to engage with the G-PST and benefit from its work and resources. If you’re interested in partnering with G-PST, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.