Dr Jenny Riesz is a Principal in Market Policy Development, with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). In this role, she advises AEMO’s energy market development and network regulation activities by leading analysis of the performance of AEMO’s gas and electricity markets to identify future challenges, and promoting opportunities for adaptation to current industry changes.
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, with a focus on the design and operation of electricity markets.
With more than eight years experience in electricity system modelling and more than more than fifteen years in quantitative analysis, Jenny brings considerable industry experience. She was formerly a Senior Consultant in the Energy Strategic Advisory team at AECOM (a multinational engineering consultancy) and prior to that the Principal of Renewable Energy and Climate Policy at ROAM Consulting (a leading provider of electricity market modelling services). 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 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 conducted at the University of Queensland in the field of biophysics, studying the quantum and spectroscopic properties of melanin skin pigment.