IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address power system operations challenges. 

These challenges are driven by an evolving resource mix, aging infrastructure, weather, emerging technologies, consumer choices and interdependencies between gas and electricity markets.

Frank Lambert, 2021 PES President, and Michael Gatt, AEMO Chief Operations Officer officially signed the MOU into order. As a newest participant in the PES Corporate Engagement Program, AEMO will work together with PES to achieve the goals of improving, guiding, innovating, and promoting the development of technology and standards. 

The PES Corporate Engagement Program is a world-wide program intended to engage the Industry Organizations in IEEE PES activities in a formal way; facilitate involvement of corporate employees in the IEEE PES activities and involve corporate leaders to support PES membership/programs. 

Mr Gatt said, “Per capita, Australia is leading the world in the uptake of renewable generation, double the rate of our nearest rival, Germany, and ten times the world average. This is a big step towards collaborating with a key international professional organisation in the area of power system operation with high uptake of inverter-based resources (IBR) and low levels of synchronous generation. This collaboration would help the transformation of power system operation and control.” 

Mr Lambert said, “With electric power technologies advancing at such a tremendous pace, the MOU will help to ensure that the best technical knowledge will help AEMO as it seeks to shape a better energy future for all Australians.  

“This is a milestone effort for IEEE and PES because it demonstrates our global collaboration and unbiased, independent technical leadership to the worldwide electrical power and energy industry.” 

The two organisations’ intend to conduct standards workshops, seminars on power and energy fields of interest, encourage individuals to contribute articles, participate in the editorial, and review processes for IEEE PES transactions (PETS), magazines, newsletter, and other opportunities. 

The MOU outlines objectives for the two organisations in collaborative activities, including; joint workshops, resource sharing, educational opportunities, awards and humanitarian activities.

AEMO and IEEE recognise the importance of establishing and strengthening their relationship and both parties wish to foster closer cooperation resulting in the development of a long-term, peer-to-peer relationship for their mutual benefit.

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