Short biography:

Dr Jenny Riesz leads AEMO’s work program on the operational integration of distributed energy resources.  Prior to this, she was a Research Associate at UNSW, doing research on 100% renewable power systems, and she worked as a consultant at ROAM Consulting, delivering analysis on renewable integration.

Longer biography:

Dr Jenny Riesz leads AEMO’s work program on the operational and technical aspects of the integration of distributed energy resources (DER).  Prior to this, she worked under AEMO’s Future Power System Security program, focusing on frequency control, including analysis on declining inertia, high Rate of Change of Frequency (RoCoF), and possible solutions such as Fast Frequency Response.

Prior to this, Jenny was a Research Associate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM), at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). In this role, she led the delivery of UNSW’s contributions to the CSIRO Future Grid cluster project.  Her research focused on high penetration renewable power systems (including 100% renewable power systems), with a focus on the design and operation of electricity markets.

Woodlawn Wind FarmShe was formerly Principal of Renewable Energy and Climate Policy at ROAM Consulting (a leading provider of electricity market modelling services), and senior consultant in the Energy Strategic Advisory team at AECOM (a multinational engineering consultancy). In these roles Jenny led the delivery of consulting services to a wide range of clients, including the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), transmission network service providers such as Powerlink, Western Power and ElectraNet, the Independent Market Operator of Western Australia (IMO WA) and the Clean Energy Council.


Significant studies included analysis of Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS) requirements and costs with high wind penetration, examination of the market impacts of network congestion on wind farm operators and developers, and detailed analysis of the operation of the Renewable Energy Certificate market in Australia.

Jenny’s PhD was completed in 2007 at the University of Queensland in the field of biophysics, studying the quantum and spectroscopic properties of melanin skin pigment.