System Operator Research & Peer Learning2021-08-25T16:43:25-04:00

Pillar 1 – System Operator Research & Peer Learning

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Representatives from leading global technical institutes and the G-PST Founding System Operators (FSOs) have formulated and are currently pursuing a research agenda that lays out the near-term applied research priorities of the FSOs. The research informed by this agenda will support power system operators in reliably and cost-effectively achieving very high penetrations of inverter-based resources (IBRs) on their power systems over the next decade. The results of the research will be shared with all system operators globally.

Pillar 1 activities are led by the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) and guided by the Research Agenda Group (RAG) under the CEOs of the Founding System Operators and will be conducted by researchers across the globe who choose to tackle these research questions. In addition to the RAG, Pillar 1 also includes a Research Advisory Committee (RAC), consisting of members from advanced system operators, energy companies, manufacturers, universities, national labs, and consultants.

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Latest Accomplishments

110, 2021

Join the G-PST Consortium at COP26

The G-PST Consortium is hosting several events in the lead up to, and as part of, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The aim of COP26 is to unite parties with a role to play in accelerating collective progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The G-PST Consortium is honored to be participating in both in-person and virtual sessions. Learn more about the G-PST Consortium’s events below.

Transforming the Grid: Personal Experiences

20th October 2021 – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. GMT
Virtual via WebEx Events

What happens when a country commits to a nationally determined contribution (NDC), but the country’s grid system operator is not confident it can meet those goals while maintaining grid system reliability? In this session, attendees will meet system operators who have said “yes” to this challenge and are now bending the limits of what was previously thought possible with high penetration and renewable energy grid operation.

Attendees will hear about solutions these leading system operators are using to manage grid frequency and strength, how they achieved record-breaking, instantaneous renewable penetration in large grids, and conceptualized their outlook on what the next steps are to achieve grids that are reliably stable under 100% renewable energy conditions. System operators from countries at earlier stages of renewable energy integration will join to share their plans regarding what interventions they are taking to avoid locking in emissions from additional fossil fuel-based generators, and instead put them in a position to create high penetration renewable energy grids in the future. This session is targeted at policy makers and accessible to individuals of all levels of technical background. By using the lens of individual stories, the session will humanize technical topics and share the triumphs, setbacks, and excitement of one of the greatest technical endeavors of our times.


  • Jonathan Pershing – Office of the Special Envoy for Climate, U.S.
  • Luke Robinson – Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Australia
  • Veronika Henze – Bloomberg
  • Mark O’Malley – Energy Systems Integration Group
  • Stine Grenaa Jensen – Energinet, Denmark
  • Jon O’Sullivan – EirGrid, Ireland
  • Julia Matesovyan – Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), U.S.
  • Gav Hurford – Eskom, South Africa

Unlocking Grids to Decarbonize Power Systems Globally with the G-PST Consortium

Date, Time, and Registration Details to follow
U.S. Pavilion

Coming out of a powerful and inspiring launch event in April 2021 with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.K. Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng, and CEOs of several power system operators, the G-PST Consortium is accelerating innovations and adoption of world class solutions to transition to zero emission power systems in all regions of the world. This event, within the U.S. Pavilion, will bring together high-level ministers and energy sector leadership from the U.S., U.K., and Denmark (to be confirmed), as well as several system operator CEOs, to present on tangible results achieved through the G-PST Consortium since the April 2021 launch event. These results will focus on innovative research to reach close to or 100% renewable energy grids, deep peer collaboration and support to developing country system operators through targeted technical assistance, collaboration with universities to build out the workforce required to operate advanced grids, localizing technologies to unique contexts, and developing and implementing open tools and data for robust analysis and real time operation of advanced and decarbonized power systems.


  • Daniel Westerman – AEMO, Australia
  • Elliot Mainzer – California Independent System Operator (CAISO), U.S.
  • Mark Foley – EirGrid, Ireland
  • Fintan Slye – National Grid ESO, U.K.
  • Sinthya Rosely – PLN, Indonesia
  • Others to be confirmed

Accelerating Power System Transformation through Technical Innovation and Global Partnership

8th November 2021 – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. GMT
Hybrid event – Hosted in partnership with Accenture

Deep decarbonization of the power sector is one of the most important levers for tackling climate change and setting a credible path to reaching net-zero. However, there are many technical and operational challenges associated with operating a zero-carbon electricity grid, much of which will be powered by variable renewable energy. Overcoming these barriers and building new capabilities, both in developed and developing countries, will be critical in accelerating the transformation to a low emission, low cost, secure, and reliable power system. The G-PST Consortium and Accenture are co-hosting this event which will outline the role of technology, innovation, and ecosystem partnerships in overcoming these barriers. This is a hybrid event where attendees may join in person or online. Registration is hosted through Accenture.


  • Simon Eaves – Accenture UKI
  • Daniel Westerman – AEMO, Australia
  • Fintan Slye – National Grid ESO, U.K.
  • Marc Borrett – Reactive Technologies
  • Others to be confirmed

To register:

  1. Select the registration link.
  2. Enter in your information into the main registration form.
  3. Select whether you will attend virtual, in-person, or both.
  4. You will be directed to a page where you can select which event you are interested in attending.
  5. Once