GO15 Joint Activities

GO15 Joint Activities

The main goal of the GO15 Joint activities is to develop findings and recommendations on strategic issues facing global grid operators selected by the Steering Board (“What keeps CEOs awake at night?”).

Strategic Working Groups explore these issues throughout the year and provide the GO15 Steering Board with high level analyzes, findings and recommendations at the Annual Meeting. Each Strategic Working Group is made up of a volunteer network of experts from each member company and works closely with other organizations.

2018-2020 Strategic Themes

Three multi-year themes (2018 – 2020) have been identified as GO15 members main concerns:

Reliability and Resiliency

  • Climate Change: surviving natural disasters, impact on hydro flows
  • Cybersecurity
  • Grid reliability services

Integration of Renewable Generation and Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

  • DER Operation/Management (Visibility and control, forecast, fast ramping)
  • TSO/DSO interactions
  • Advanced Technologies

New Business Models

  • Economic sustainability of the grid operators and grid services providers
  • Market design and Incentives
  • Dialog with the Regulators (ICER)
  • Messaging to the Policy Makers

Specific annual topics (under one theme or related to different themes) are selected by the Steering Board for the creation of the Strategic Working Groups.

2020 Strategic Working Groups

SWG1 – Pathways to a Low Emission Power System

Chair: Julian Leslie (NGESO)

Share experience and knowledge on recent or ongoing work efforts that position them to be better prepared for a transition to a low emission and decentralized power system. Work efforts fall into three categories:

  • TF1 Grid Instability & Inertia (led by Julian Leslie, NGESO): Create a common understanding of grid instability and inertia across the GO15 members and the different approaches there are to resolving the issues created with a low inertia system
  • TF2 Forecasting & Variability (led by Amber Motley, CAISO): Analyze forecasting needs and state of the art during the operating horizon, operational planning and for resource adequacy.
  • TF3 Market Participation Models & Flexibility (led by Pierre-Henri Gresse, GO15): Share experience, knowledge and strategies in Market Participation Models and Flexibility during webinars

SWG2 – New Resilience Models

Chair: Pierre-Henri Gresse (GO15)

In continuity with the work performed in 2019, the 2020 SWG2 activity seeks to exchange more in-depth the best practices and emerging strategies that System Operators are using to recover the system from high impact, low frequency (HILF) events. In particular, the SWG will focus on two areas:

  • TF1 Operational Resilience (led by Robert Koch, ESKOM): Operational resilience strategies and risk preparedness procedures.
  • TF2 Electricity Infrastructure (led by Giacomo Donnini, Terna): Criterias for infrastructure investments, cost benefit analysis methodologies, methods and metrics and guidelines for regulation.


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