Publications

Fact Sheet (PDF)

This fact sheet provides a high level description of the G-PST Consortium including background, visionary goal, key players and an overview of our technical assistance approach.

Inaugural Teaching Agenda – March 2021 (PDF)

This document summarizes the outputs from a consultation process led by the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium’s Teaching Agenda Group (TAG). The main purpose of this document is to initiate wider consultation and get feedback from various stakeholders. This includes the Founding System Operators of the G-PST, other system operators around the world, G-PST core partners, university partners in different countries/regions and individuals/organizations who have expressed interest in contributing to or benefitting from the workforce development pillar of G-PST.

Inaugural Research Agenda – March 2021 (PDF)

This document summarizes the outputs from a nine-month consultation process led by the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium’s Research Agenda Group – which consists of senior technical staff from the six Founding System Operators and a range of leading research institutions – to build an organized, consensus-based global research agenda for the G-PST’s Founding System Operators (FSOs).

Power System Operator Survey Toward Global Energy Transformation Summary Report (PDF)

The IEEE Standards Association and the IEEE Power and Energy Society are working with the G-PST Consortium to assess viewpoints in the area of next-generation energy (e.g. renewables, energy storage, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, and grid modernization, etc.) to support priority needs and interests for specific countries/regions. This document provides a summary of the first survey developed and administered by IEEE in support of Pillar 4 of G-PST Consortium on Localized Technology Adoption Support.

July 2020 Donor Meeting (PDF)

International agencies and multilateral and regional development banks, including World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), International Energy Agency (IEA), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and others are serving as key implementing partners to ensure the consortium complements and reinforces existing programs.

Toward 100% Renewable Energy Pathways: Key Research Needs (PDF)

On May 14 and 15, 2019, the ESIG held a workshop bringing together 56 experts from around the globe to identify the technological and economic integration challenges of transforming the electricity system toward 100% renewable. This report summarizes the outcome of the meeting. The workshop summarized in the report is seen as the first step of many to address the issue of going toward 100%, with the ultimate aim of producing a research roadmap for use by researchers, research organizations, and funders to help focus and prioritize their efforts and investments.

Peer-Learning and Presentations

Spine Toolbox: Data, Workflow and Scenario Management for Modelling

September 8, 2021 | Online via Zoom Webinars

Spine Toolbox is an open-source software to manage data, scenarios and workflows for energy system modelling and simulation. You can have your local workflow, but work as a team through version control and SQL databases. This webinar provides an overview of the different functionalities and showcases them through two examples. More information and documentation available at https://spine-toolbox.readthedocs.io/.

Featured panelists:
• Madeleine McPherson and Jacob Monroe, University of Victoria
• Milos Cvetkovic and Jim Hommes, Delft University of Technology
• Juha Kiviluoma, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
• Clayton Barrows, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Review the presentation materials.

IEEE Standard 1547: DER Requirements and Implementation to Interconnection Processes

26 August 2021 | Online via Zoom Webinars

This presentation introduces key concepts and functionality required for IEEE Standard 1547 compliant distributed energy resources (DERs). The presentation includes discussion of overall DER capabilities and grid support functions under normal and abnormal grid conditions. Additional material will present considerations for adopting the standard into local jurisdictions.

Featured Speakers:
• David Narang – Principal Engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Center, NREL; Chair of IEEE 1547 Working Group.
• Ravi Subramaniam – Director, IEEE-SA Conformity Assessment Program

Cybersecurity for Electrical Utilities in India: Trends and Challenges

25 August 2021 | Online via Zoom Webinars

Many current trends make cybersecurity more of a concern for electrical grids and system operators. One of these trends is the increase of renewable energy as a percentage of overall generation. This shift toward renewables will change the electric grid’s attack surface and require new thinking around how best to secure this critical infrastructure. Understanding the technical requirements for securing the grid under high penetrations of renewables is essential for system operators. This webinar provides an overview of the trends and challenges associated with electrical grid cybersecurity with a focus on considerations specific to India. It also features presentations and discussion by experts in the field, including:

• Jeffrey Fuller, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Energy
• P.K. Agarwal, Former Director & CISO, POSOCO Ltd.
• Maurice Martin and Anuj Sanghvi, U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Southeast Asia Community of Practice: Tools and Case Studies for Inertia Monitoring and Calculation

27 July 2021 | Online via WebEx

System inertia has long been used by system operators to keep the frequency of the system from straying too far from normal. Historically, inertia from traditional sources (i.e., the spinning mass of generators and motor loads) were abundant and it was not necessary to monitor the amount of online inertia at any one time. But as the role of inverter-based resources (i.e., wind, solar, and battery storage) increases, inertia from traditional sources is decreasing. System operators globally have found it to be valuable to estimate and monitor the online inertia to ensure the system will respond adequately to sudden changes in frequency, even though inertia is not the only option to arrest frequency deviations. This webinar explores the diversity of methods used by system operators in Southeast Asia and globally to track inertia, giving more confidence to operators in the control room that a system in transition can operate as securely as systems of the past.

G-PST/ESIG Webinar Series: STATCOM Strategy and Application in East Germany

14 July 2021 | Online via WebEx

Featured Speakers: Cornelius Heck, Dr. Florian Sass and Roman Hinz, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH

With the political decision to phase out all coal, lignite and nuclear power plants within the next 10-15 years, Germany faces a massive disruption in generation technology. So far the mentioned conventional power plants provide the majority of non-frequency ancillary services. This webinar will give an overview of the challenges posed upon the East-German Transmission System. Also it will present the current strategy to overcome said challenges with special regards to voltage regulation and inertia provided by grid-forming STATCOM. Hereby the webinar will take you on a journey from current system operation experience, over strategic grid-planning need identification to asset specification.

Bringing Renewables Onto the Grid – Session at Enlit Africa

9 June 2021 | Online at Enlit Africa Connect

Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium provides coordinated, holistic support and knowledge infusion for system operators pursuing clean energy transitions, including performing cutting-edge research; providing implementation support for world-class engineering and operational solutions; supporting workforce development; building and disseminating open-access data and tools; and accelerating localised technology adoption, standards development, and testing programs.  Supported by leading utilities from the United States, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, this session will provide information on the work of the G-PST Consortium and give insight into opportunities for African utilities. Read more about the session on ESI Africa.

PLN – G-PST Power System Sharing Series #3: The Grid Code Adaptation Toward VRE Integration

9 June 2021 | Online via Zoom 

The third installment of the Power System Sharing Series, focused on grid code adaption. This webinar was delivered for PLN Indonesia staff and stakeholders. Speakers include experts from PLN, IEEE, AIT, and EPRI. More information on the Power System Sharing Series web page.

G-PST/ESIG Webinar Series: Survey of Grid-Forming Inverter Applications

9 June 2021 | Online via WebEx

Featured Speaker: Julia Matevosyan, Lead Planning Engineer, ERCOT

Grid-Forming technology is viewed as one of the necessary enablers for high penetration of inverter based resources. While it continues to be an area of active research, grid-forming battery energy storage systems are already commercially available and are being used in an number of applications around the world (e.g. US, Australia, and a number of Island applications). This webinar will provide an overview of existing and ongoing projects, focusing on the drivers behind the choice of technology and project performance. The webinar is based on the whitepaper “The Role of Grid Forming Technology to Enable Energy Systems Integration” on which the ESIG High Share of Inverter-Based Resources Task Force is currently working.

Pillar 5 Webinar: Open Source Tools for System Operators – Focus on Power Flow Tools

27 May 2021 | Online via WebEx

The rise of data science and scientific programming languages, such as Python and Julia, presents numerous opportunities for power system modernization and advanced analytics. In recent years, the quality and availability of open-source power systems analysis tools in these languages has dramatically increased. However, despite widespread usage of open languages for data analysis, industrial usage of open power systems analysis tools remains rare. The G-PST Consortium’s Pillar 5 lead organization, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, present a webinar series that will showcase some of the most capable power systems analysis and modeling tools that exist within common data science languages to highlight opportunities to enable advanced analytic workflows. This first installment focuses on workflows in Python, using the popular data analysis package, Pandas, and the power systems analysis package, PandaPower.

G-PST/ESIG Webinar Series: Is “Grid Forming” Enough: What Do Electricity Grids Need From IBR?

12 May 2021 | Online via WebEx

Featured Speaker: Tim Green, Professor, Co-Director of the Energy Futures Laboratory (EFL), Imperial College London

The replacement of electro-mechanical machines by inverter-based resources (IBR) is fundamentally changing the dynamics and stability properties of grids. A review will be made of the needs a grid system has in order that it is stable and secure. The needs in terms of voltage strength, frequency regulation and synchronisation will be discussed in term of how they are met by synchronous machines, grid-following converters and grid-forming converters. A case will be made that there is advantage in not all resources being obliged to provide all system services and that new services can replace some traditional services. Thus, strictly following a virtual synchronous machine (VSM) approach may not yield the best solution.

Approaches to ensuring system-wide dynamic stability will also be explored noting that IBR have overlapping sets of dynamics but with details often hidden in black-box models. A method for identifying root-causes of poorly damped modes in black-box models will be illustrated. This analytical grey-box method avoids exhaustive transient simulation. A toolbox for compiling models of composite grids with IBR and synchronous machines will be introduced. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on modelling and analysis challenges that remain for IBR dominated grids.

PLN – G-PST Power System Sharing Series #2: The Readiness of SCADA/EMA in Control Centers for VRE Integration

5 May 2021 | Online via Zoom

The second webinar in the series focuses on SCADA/EMS readiness for high penetrations of variable renewable energy. Speakers included experts from NREL, CAISO, EPRI, and PLN.