The Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST) has got a newcomer this week, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The institute entered the major global collaboration this week to help remove technical obstacles to incorporating renewable energy resources. EPRI will collaborate closely with numerous leading energy research companies, a Department of Energy lab in the U.S., and more than 25 power system operators globally as a core G-PST team member to address this growing challenge.
The growing combination of renewable sources in global power systems calls for greater flexibility than in years past. In the United States alone, renewables are estimated to rise by 2050 – raising the variability of power supply operators from 19 percent of U.S. energy production in 2019 to 38 percent. This challenge led to the G-PST launch this week, which will accelerate a secure, effective, and sustainable transition to a cleaner grid.
EPRI joined G-PST to promote consortium growth, technical solutions, and international stakeholder collaboration.
The Institute’s G-PST engagement lead, Vice President Mark McGranaghan, said that leveraging world energy leaders’ knowledge base to incorporate renewable energies is a turning point for power plant operators, consumers, and the environment. EPRI has been working for years with energy suppliers and grid operators across the globe to step up the transition into a cleaner electricity system, he added.
The G-PST’s focus is to further minimize all global contaminants production by up to 50 percent within the next ten years while promoting the incorporation of renewable energy technologies.
The consortium is managed by CEOs of six of the top energy system operators worldwide: Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), National Grid ESO from the United Kingdom, Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), California Independent System Operator (CAISO), EirGrid from Ireland and Energinet from Denmark. Besides the EPRI, other major technical teams include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Imperial College London, Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Integrated Energy Systems (CINES), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE).
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is a body mandated to research and develop technologies for efficient generation, delivery, and power consumption. As an autonomous, non-profit organization, EPRI puts its scientists, engineers, scholars, and business experts together to solve energy problems, including sustainability, efficiency, affordability, protection, and the environmental impact.