GO15 Newsletter September 2018

 Mr. Thava Govender, Group Executive - Generation and Acting Risk & Sustainability at Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd 

Thava Govender, 2018 President
Thava Govender is the Group Executive responsible for the Generation and Acting Risk & Sustainability of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. Thava is a member of the Eskom Executive Committee (EXCO). 

It it is my honour and privilege to serve GO15 over the course of 2018 as its 10th standing President.
I am energised and inspired by the level of commitment, as all 19 members unite around the common purpose of sustaining GO15 as a professional industry body and respected “CEO club” in an era of global sustainable energy. 
The Fourth Industrial Revolution demands that we position ourselves as innovators and early adaptors as we steer through economic, environmental, and technological shifts and advancements. 
In recent years, the energy landscape has been driven by the growing desire for global sustainable development. We recognise that, as renewable energy costs continue to decline, and energy storage and demand management technologies are rapidly being developed, there are new opportunities to build cleaner and more efficient energy systems and expand energy access. It is crucial that our industry be ready and capable of balancing conflicting priorities as we continue to fulfil our mandate of providing green, reliable, and secure energy for economic and social growth and development. 


19 Members representing the Very Large Grid Operators in the world - Click to Learn More
GO15 a Key Actor in the Worldwide Energy Transition Debate - Click for MORE

GO15 International Cooperation

The magnitude of the changes that the energy industry is undergoing is unprecedented and cannot be addressed effectively unless the international organizations representing the various sides of the Energy Sector work together for comprehensive solutions. This suggests that government authorities, regulators, power generators, distribution and grid operators, as well as market operators need to embark on an industry-wide dialog that addresses the industry challenges in a holistic manner. To this effect, GO15 reached out to several key international organizations with the goal of developing information exchanges to address the challenges ahead.

In 2018, GO15 Steering Board has adopted endorsements by accepting speaking opportunities with, organizations that can further enrich the organization’s vision in the international debate through participation in Conference Events of other organizations and stakeholders (such as Grids Power operators and utilities), with the objective of increasing awareness of the grid role in the energy transition.

CIGRE 26th - 31st August - Paris
First Participation of GO15 at CIGRE - the International event for Power System Industry.
The opening Ceremony was lunched by a keynote speech of Mrs. Audrey Zibelman, CEO of AEMO and Vice President - 2018 of GO15 organization.

 Steering Board Member from ONS Mr. Luis Eduardo Barata Ferreira with a Brazilian Delegation.

 GO15 Officers from SO UPS, Mr. Fedor Opadchiy - Vice President 2018.

 GO15 Mini Steering Board 28th August - AEMO, GCCIA, KPX, MISO, ONS, RTE and SO UPS


An Exceptional CEOs Club

GO15 CEOs, share the same vision on the evolution of the power grids linked to the transition to the new energy mix, the changing load patterns, as well as the development of global consumption driven by increased demand in the major emerging economies.

Russian power System Operator: advantages and current challenges
 Mr. Fedor Opadchiy, Vice Chairman – SO UPS, JSC (Russia) & GO15 Vice- President 2018.


GO15 Members News

Jordi Sevilla, appointed new Chairman of the Red Eléctrica Group

  • Replaces José Folgado, who had been the Chairman of the corporation since his appointment in March 2012

The Board of Directors of Red Eléctrica Corporación today appointed Jordi Sevilla as the new Chairman of the Group, replacing José Folgado.


A new project for Grid4LIFE,
Rte with 6 others Europeans partners (REN, Elia, APG, Terna, eVSD and RGI) submitted a concept note of a new LIFE, thereafter 50Hz expressed an interest do join the project. 
Grid4LIFE, its name, is an estimated 5 years long project with a 5 million cost associated which aim is:

1- Build large-scale tools to facilitate the deployment and the alternative management of the vegetation around high-voltage lines, via: 
  • The crossroads of TSO’s challenges and territories, with environmental challenges (ecological studies, map, consultation …)
  • Elaboration of tools intended to non-specialist, to identify relevant site from environmental and contextual data and prioritize actions,
  • Identification of legal and financial resources to promote the deployment    
2- Extend to a larger scale what it was done under the LIFE Elia-RTE project: 600 ha, in 6 countries, will be rehabilitated by implementing methods and complementary tools produced by these 2 projects LIFE.
3- To recognize, at an European scale, the value and the service rendered to biodiversity by our infrastructures which, with an adaptive management, are a support of greenways promoted by different governments to stop the erosion. 
GO15 Next Events

GO15 will hold the Annual Meeting 2018 in Milan - Italy, Hosted by our Italian Member TERNA Group.

4th GO15 & ICER Workshop 2018 - Milan, Italy
October 11th, 2018


GO15 & World Energy Week
Patronage - Milan, Italy


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