The Global Need for Technical Teaching Materials to Support Power System Transformation

G-PST Pillar 3 focuses on workforce development to enable power system transformation. This involves expanding public access to technical training materials at both the university and professional development levels. The G-PST Teaching Agenda identified ninety topics deemed essential for power system transformation, which will need to be addressed in post-graduate education and training programs to adequately prepare the power system workforce of the future.

In-depth teaching materials for five cutting-edge power system topics are now available and can be accessed by filling out the form below. The first four topics were developed in collaboration with Women in Power System Transformation (PST), a joint initiative from the USAID-NREL partnership, and the G-PST Consortium to expand leadership and technical training opportunities for women in the power sector. Learn more about how this initiative is empowering women to enact transformative change.

The four topics developed with the Women in PST initiative include course content and student exercises that are critical to operating high variable renewable energy (VRE) power systems. All four technical topics are designed and taught by women professionals and experts. Additionally, technical teaching materials can be accompanied by introductory learnings on gender equity and inclusion to help train and inspire the diverse workforce of the future. Read more below about how to introduce gender-diverse teaching materials and best practices within your classroom or organization.

Inspiring and Empowering Women to Lead Transformative Change

As we collectively work to address the global climate crisis, women leaders and decision-makers are essential to achieving successful, inclusive, and equitable clean energy transitions. When women are empowered to bring their unique skills and experiences to bear across key power sector institutions, they strengthen decision-making, accelerate innovation, and drive dynamic solutions to meet urgent global challenges. Women in PST encourages universities, faculty, and professors to stream these videos on social media, websites, and in the classroom to encourage and empower women to pursue engineering and technical degrees for transformative change.

The Graduate-level Course Topics

Materials for each topic consists of approximately 3-5 hours of recorded lectures, as well as supporting lecture slides and student exercises/assessments. G-PST course materials for additional topics will be posted on this page as they become available.

Topic Subject Area Instructor
Declining System Inertia and Dynamic Reserve Requirements
This topic covers the impact of declining power system inertia due to rising shares of inverter-based resources (IBRs) on the grid, determining minimum inertia needs, and methods to monitor and maintain sufficient inertia. The important interplay between system inertia and frequency control mechanisms is explained to help strike the right balance between minimum inertia and faster / slower frequency response reserves based on the characteristics of individual power systems.
Operation Julia Matevosyan
Chief Engineer, Energy System Integration Group
Power System Stability with 100% Inverter-Based Resources (IBR)
This topic discusses the impact of rising levels of IBRs on power system stability. First, key ch