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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Wed Jul 16
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?
The UVIG O&M Users Group Meeting travels to the Lone Star State October 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas. The plenary session the morning of October 1 focuses on NERC compliance for wind and solar plant operators. The plenary session will be followed the remainder of the day and on October 2 by turbine OEM or topic-specific roundtables for UVIG member owner/operators. Attendees will have the opportunity on October 3 to participate in an optional tour of OCI Solar’s Alamo 1 Solar Project and Mission Solar’s manufacturing facility. Additional details on this event can be found here.
The UVIG Fall Technical Workshop will take place October 15-17 in San Antonio, Texas. This workshop will provide attendees with an updated perspective on the status of wind and solar integration and interconnection to utility systems in the United States and other countries. The technical workshop agenda focuses on a number of topics related to integration and interconnection of wind and solar generation. The workshop will be preceded by meetings of the UVIG User Groups focusing on variable generation operating impacts, market operation and transmission planning, variable generation modeling and interconnection, and distributed generation. Following the conclusion of the Fall Technical Workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an optional technical tour. Additional details on this event can be found here.
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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