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.
- Updated Summary of Status of Variable Generation in Electricity Markets Released
- UVIG Announces 2015 Technical Achievement Honorees
November-19-2015 7:41 pm
UVIG Members- If you missed our latest webinar on The Clean Power Plan, the recording and presentation have been posted in the members area!
November-04-2015 8:53 pm
RT @UVIGPrez: Fortunate to have this caliber of brain power as frequent speakers at UVIG confs! Great work! #UVIG https://t.co/NeGeQeudHD
October-14-2015 11:36 pm
RT @UVIGPrez: SDG&E "drops the mic" with 40% VG penetration! Excellent role model for #UVIG members to follow! https://t.co/0nsQJzQxJu
October-14-2015 3:10 pm
The opening session of the Fall Technical Workshop is starting now!
October-07-2015 6:33 pm
Have you seen the carbon reduction position staked out by UVIG member @xcelenergy ? Find it here: http://t.co/lUQ563Qg0a
What's Going on at UVIG?
Charlie Smith just came back from the CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, held on October 5-7, where he spoke in the plenary session titled Competitiveness of Wind – The Lowest Cost Power Around… But for How Long? The plenary session was chaired by Dan Shurey from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and in addition to Charlie consisted of Chris Brown, President of Vestas Americas; Dan Elkort, Exec VP and General Counsel of Pattern Energy; Michael O’Sullivan, Sr. VP of NextEra Energy; and Paul Judge, Executive Product Manager, Wind Platform, GE Power and Water. The panel held a robust discussion on the trends of wind prices in Canadian provinces compared to the US, and the additional value brought about by the ability of wind plants to provide ancillary services and capacity value to the grid. Charlie noted that wind plants will be called upon regularly to provide ancillary services, such as voltage control and frequency control, as more fossil units are retired and wind becomes a greater percentage of the capacity mix. He also noted that a well-designed wind plant can provide the full range of ancillary services, and can provide them more quickly and more accurately than a fossil plant.
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, 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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