The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, previously known as the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), was established in 1989 to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind and solar technology for utility applications and to serve as a source of credible information on the status of wind and solar technology and deployment. The group’s mission is to accelerate the development and application of good engineering and operational practices supporting the appropriate integration and reliable operation of variable generation on the electric power system.
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2016 Forecasting Workshop
Fall O&M User Group Meeting
International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop
- UVIG Announces 2016 Technical Achievement Honorees
- UVIG Mourns Passing of Long-time Board Member and Leader Steve Gilbert
July-22-2016 11:09 pm
Did You Know we have a #Scholarship program? We recently announced this year's winners- don't miss out next year: https://t.co/djc5AMOXg1
July-22-2016 5:15 pm
Interested in learning whether #Solar can be dispatched like #Wind ? Join us at our Forecasting Workshop https://t.co/7Mw8uoy9fz
July-22-2016 1:02 pm
Our round-tables for #Wind and #Solar Owners and Operators offer an unparalleled exchange of experiences and ideas: https://t.co/p58KZ7mAe0
July-21-2016 11:58 pm
Charlie Smith in @NAWindpower "Canada has high-quality wind resources in all provinces" https://t.co/3miyvoHn6Q
July-21-2016 7:57 pm
Did You Know: Capacity Adequacy from @xcelenergy 's Steve Beuning https://t.co/bJQGGROILL
What's Going on at UVIG?
Modern wholesale electricity markets are quite good at optimizing the variable costs of energy supply within the physical limits of the grid. But if that is not complex enough for your tastes, there are always the industry issues around capacity adequacy!
Market operators optimize the use of installed capacity resources by minimizing the cost to produce energy. This sort of optimization occurs after investment decisions have been made and resources are installed. The regional markets, however, do not determine which resource investments should be made, even those regions that have “capacity markets” as part of their design. Instead most regional capacity markets optimize the residual long and short positions of load-serving entities and can form a basis for enforcing compliance with a resource margin obligation.
Regional markets provide an aggregate benefit by setting the minimum level of resource margin. Resource margins in a pooled regional market are generally lower for the same level of reliability, compared with each utility providing this level of reliability on their own. This results in lower costs for society.
New and Cool
The U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey have released the first publicly available interactive map and geo-dataset showing more than 47,000 onshore wind turbine locations and related information across the entire United States
The wind turbine map, which includes turbines installed as of July 2013, was created by combining publicly available data sets from the Federal Aviation Administration , the U.S. Energy Information Administration , the Oak Ridge National Laboratory , as well as other federal, state and local sources. USGS researchers also identified additional turbines not in those pre-existing databases and added them to the dataset and map. The locations of all turbines were visually verified using high-resolution imagery. The location of each turbine was verified to within plus or minus 10 meters, and its technical specifications were assigned based on the make and model.
To use the Interactive Map, click here.
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Featured Member Benefit
One of the key benefits of UVIG membership is participation in our User Groups. UVIG operates five topical user groups focused on specific areas of interest to its members:
- Wind and Solar Plant Modeling and Interconnection
- Operating Impact and Integration Studies
- Distributed Generation Applications
- Market Operation and Transmission Planning
- Wind/Solar Plant Operations and Maintenance
These groups are open to all UWIG members (there are participation limitations for the O&M User Group). The concept is to gather together in one place all relevant information on that topical area, and make it easily available to the members. This information is housed in the member’s area of the site. Each user group has a listserv or mailing list that we use to distribute news, research reports, future events, and other information relevant to the user group’s scope. Because the User Groups cut across multiple groups within any company, we would like to encourage you to identify other individuals in your company who could benefit from participation in a User Group. To subscribe yourself or others with your company to any of the user group listservs, please contact Sandy Smith, email@example.com. Note that only those members that own/operate wind or solar generation can participate in the O&M listserv.
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