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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September-19-2016 7:28 pm
Our Forecasting Workshop is next week and the latest version of the agenda is live on our website- https://t.co/9iqV26Mfhm
September-16-2016 8:51 pm
ONE WEEK FROM TODAY- Join us for a webinar on Variable Generation Model Validation email email@example.com for more info
September-16-2016 2:56 pm
Don't miss the special session on the DOE SunShot #Solar Forecasting Projects in Denver https://t.co/7Mw8uoy9fz
September-15-2016 6:52 pm
We're gearing up for our #Forecasting Workshop in two weeks. Have you made plans to join us in Denver?
September-14-2016 8:50 pm
#WEBINAR Join UVIG on Sept 23 @ 2pm ET to learn about Variable Generation Model Validation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reg details
What's Going on at UVIG?
The buzzed-about summer series from Netflix “Stranger Things” depicts a fictional and highly secretive Department of Energy national laboratory unleashing a monster from another dimension on an unsuspecting Indiana town. It caused a lot of stress. But as my DOE colleague blogged, national laboratory researchers aren’t actually evil. In fact, a lot of us at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are working to reduce stress for power system operators and the power systems themselves as we shift to higher penetrations of wind and solar generation.
The key to managing stress in power systems is to anticipate and plan ahead. As power systems shift away from coal and to more natural gas, wind, and solar; operators and planners want to know how to predict the conditions they might face in the future.
At NREL, we think about futures with higher penetrations of wind and solar every day. Sometimes we think about what resources will be built, and where they will be built. Other days we’re thinking about how wind and solar power forecasts can be better incorporated into system operations. And in our integration studies, we explore the day-to-day challenges that could be expected in a future where wind and solar serve nearly 30 percent of annual load.
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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