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.
Upcoming EventsAll Upcoming Events
- Updated Summary of Status of Variable Generation in Electricity Markets Released
- UVIG Announces 2015 Technical Achievement Honorees
January-08-2015 7:13 pm
We are accepting applications for our Academic Scholarship Program. Deadline is 2/27/15. Details at http://t.co/6VbuebljHp
November-07-2014 2:54 pm
Minnesota Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Study released by Minnesota Department of Commerce - http://t.co/3eoVwx9mza
September-17-2014 6:34 pm
LBNL releases report on project prices, operating costs, capacity factors, and PPA prices for utility-scale solar - http://t.co/SXJUL5iuwN
August-18-2014 4:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Energy has released the 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report. Download it at http://t.co/0uNO18Tv9V
July-16-2014 4:38 pm
New DOE-funded report issued about integrating solar PV in utility system operations - download at http://t.co/sICQOlze94
What's Going on at UVIG?
UVIG Executive Director Charlie Smith will participate in the panel Rising to the Challenge of Integrating Renewable Resources into Cooperative Portfolios at the NRECA’s annual TechAdvantage conference. The panel will take place Thursday, February 26 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center.
Other panelists will include: Mike Casper, NRECA: Sean Middleton, Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative; and Scott Williams, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative.
Put together by NRECA and Western Area Power Administration, this panel will address experience adding renewable energy to utility portfolios. The discussion will also address plans to add more fast-start generation, increase renewable energy use, control bottom line cost and improve overall grid reliability.
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.
Why Join UVIG?
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that only those members that own/operate wind or solar generation can participate in the O&M listserv.
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