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Global power energy players, GO15 and Cigre signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting in Milan, Italy.

President of GO15, Thava Govender and Rob Stephen, President of Cigre, both hailing from South Africa’s Eskom, made this signing a further significant and unique affair.

“We are proud to sign this historic MoU with Cigre as a leading energy industry player. Collaboration remains critical as the energy industry transitions and new technologies such as battery storage is introduced,” said Govender.

He added: “It is crucial that our industry is 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.

Electrical power industry issues

Also commenting on the development, Stephen said: “The MOU between Cigré and GO15 will strengthen collaboration in solving issues facing the electrical power industry.  Cigré currently has over 200 working groups involving 3000 experts from around the world working on common technical issues.  This enables GO15 to find solutions or understand best practices from Cigré.

“Cigré can benefit from the strategic direction and business model work undertaken by GO15. As such it is a win-win arrangement.”

As new shifts unfold, GO15 commissioned three new strategic areas of research in the past year. Read more: Grid operators are also in need of future-proofing.

These are; sustainable grid and interconnection development, integration of renewable generation within transmission network and electricity infrastructure resiliency also to respond to sustainable development goals.

Driven by the 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 assured it will continue to deliver reliable electricity to customers demanding improved power quality, while integrating renewable generation consistent with ambitious clean energy policies.

Changes in GO15

GO15 also voted in the new 2018/19 President elect of the Steering Board Fedor Opadchiy from Russia’s ONS.

Govender from South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom, will remain on as Vice President as per GO15’s governance and constitution.

GO15 comprises 19 of the largest grid operators around the world. This includes grid operators from Asia, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Africa, USA, Middle East, Australia and from Europe.

The 19 GO15 power grid operators, deliver electricity to over half the world’s population, accounting for more than two-thirds of the global electricity consumption.