Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

October 26th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize

Two of the world’s largest electric energy associations, Cigré and GO15, have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing cements the relationship between the two organisations and will strengthen collaboration efforts in solving issues facing the electrical power industry.

The signing took place GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting in Milan, just prior to the World Energy Council’s 2018 World Energy Week, in the second week of October 2018.

Cigré has over 200 working groups involving 3000 experts from around the world working on common technical issues. The president of Cigré, Rob Stephen, says this MOU enables GO15 to find solutions or understand best practices from Cigré. At the same time, Cigré can benefit from the strategic direction and business model work undertaken by GO15, he says.

Rob Stephen and Thava Govender

GO15 is a voluntary association of the world’s 19 largest electric grid operators around the world, including those from Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, Russia and USA. This group of 19 power grid operators which comprise the organisation, deliver electricity to over half the world’s population, accounting for more than two-thirds of the global electricity consumption.

The president of GO15, Thava Govender met Stephen for the signing at GO15’s fifteenth Annual Steering Board meeting which was hosted by Terna, Italy’s transmission system operator. Govender said that collaborating with Cigré is an important step in the energy transition and the adoption of new technologies such as battery storage.

Govender said that it is crucial that the electrical power industry is ready and capable of balancing conflicting priorities as it continues to fulfil its mandate of providing green, reliable and secure energy for economic and social growth and development. GO15 commissioned three new strategic areas of research in the past year to respond to sustainable development goals:

  • Sustainable grid and interconnection development
  • Integration of renewable generation within transmission network
  • Electricity infrastructure resiliency

Driven by a volunteer network of experts from each member company, the various research areas have provided invaluable insight and, once completed, will lead the way for the global industry. The GO15 grid operators will continue to deliver reliable electricity to customers demanding improved power quality, while integrating renewable generation consistent with ambitious clean energy policies, Govender said.

This signing was particularly significant and unique as the presidents from both organisations are South Africans who work for the national power utility, Eskom.

GO15 has appointed Fedor Opadchiy from Russia’s ISO (SO-UPS) to be the new 2018/19 president elect of its steering board. Govender will remain on as vice president as per GO15’s governance and constitution.

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