A day in the life of a Power System Controller


A talk on “A day in the life of a Power System Controller".

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  • The University of Queensland
  • St lucia, Queensland
  • Australia 4072
  • Building: Advanced Engineering Building 49
  • Room Number: 502
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  • Starts 23 March 2018 11:59 AM
  • Ends 16 April 2018 11:59 AM
  • All times are Australia/Brisbane
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Monique of AEMO


A day in the life of a Power System Controller

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is responsible for operating Australia’s largest gas and electricity markets and power systems, including the National Electricity Market (NEM), the interconnected power system in Australia’s eastern and south-eastern seaboard, Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) and power system in Western Australia.

One of the role of AEMO’s Real Time Operations team is to oversee operation and security of the National Electricity Market and Real Time Operations of the NEM. This talk will cover an overview of NEM, experience of operating one of the largest interconnected grid and challenges faced while operating the NEM.


Monique Meerkotter works as part of a team of 2-3 power system operators on shift at any point in time at AEMO’s Brisbane control room. Working on the front line of the electricity industry, Monique has firsthand experience operating the power system for different generation mixes, outages and weather conditions. Monique completed the AEMO Graduate Program and also holds a BA Electrical & Electronic Engineering/BA Computer Science (JCU), Grad Dip Ed (Maths & Physics) (QUT) and two years of industry research on integrating solar PV into the power system. In her time outside of work she enjoys reading about energy policy, cycling, salsa dancing and art.