Maria Nohemi stands in a control center in front of computers.

Tell us about why XM partners with the G-PST Consortium and how the organizations have worked together so far.

For XM, it’s been very important to have the support of G-PST for peer learning, workforce development, advanced solutions, and technical and engineering knowledge to face the power system transformation.

Together, XM and G-PST have been working on peer-learning activities (Pillar 1) with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Energy Systems Integration Group, and Great Britain’s National Grid ESO to share experiences about inertia monitoring and distributed energy resource adoption. We’re planning to collaborate on flexibility issues, forecasting models, reactive power improvements, voltage optimization procedures, system recovery plans, reserves for frequency control, resiliency metrics, and control center displays.

We’ve also recently joined G-PST’s Pillar 5, “Open Data and Tools”, to analyse and enhance real-time monitoring.

Lastly, XM is participating in a workforce gender equality accelerated program under Pillar 3 through G-PST’s “Women in PST” initiative. Women in PST is partnering with Johns Hopkins University under the Self-Empowerment and Equity for Change Initiative, funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development, to offer these workforce gender programs.

In your own words, why is G-PST’s mandate, of supporting system operators through the clean energy transition, so critical for Colombia and beyond?

G-PST support is crucial to Colombia because its partners are world-class organizations with the highest operational standards. XM believes that the transition to clean energy requires a structural change in energy systems, which is why we plan to add 11 gigawatts (G