UWIG Highlights Workshop Results (USA)

For the fourth year in a row, UWIG conducted its Workshop on Variable Generation Forecasting Applications to Utility Planning and Operations in Albany, New York, February 23-24. With over a hundred attendees from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, the workshop, which traditionally has focused on wind forecasting, featured a session devoted to solar power production forecasting. The workshop was organized to Explore the practical aspects of the use of variable generation forecasting models to the scheduling and operation of power systems,Develop a better understanding of next generation variable generation forecasting requirements and possibilities in the hour-ahead and day-ahead time frames,Develop a better understanding of operations planning requirements and Continue an ongoing dialog between the variable generation forecasting research, development, applications and user communities.

Topics on workshop included: Value of Met Data from Wind Plants and Off-site Locations,Wind Forecasting R&D Activities,Wind Forecasting R&D Activities.

Spring Technical Workshop and Annual Meeting to be Held in Kansas City

The 2011 Spring Technical Workshop and Annual Meeting will be held April 13-15 at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City (Mo.) Downtown. The schedule of events includes meetings of the UWIG User Groups, the 2011 UWIG Membership Meeting and Board of Directors election on April 15 and a reception featuring the presentation of the UWIG Annual Achievement Awards on April 14.

The Operating Impacts and Integration Study, Solar Integration, Market Operations and Transmission Policy, and Wind Turbine Modeling and Interconnection Study Users Groups will all meet at the Crowne Plaza on April 13. The Wind Turbine Operations & Maintenance Users Group will meet at the Hilton President April 12-13 (see next story).

Additional information on accommodations, agenda, and registration can be found on the UWIG web site. The group block at the Crowne Plaza expires March 25.

Turbine O&M Group to Meet in Kansas City

The UWIG Turbine Operations & Maintenance Users Group will hold its next meeting April 12-13 at the Hilton President Hotel in Kansas City This event is the seventh meeting under this user group’s new scope, membership requirements, and participation limitations. The morning of April 12 will consist of a Plenary Session open to user group members and interested parties from UWIG member organizations. The Plenary Session at this meeting will focus on end of warranty issues for wind turbines, with an eye towards preparing attendees for this situation and the various steps that need to be taken and decisions that need to be made.

The afternoon of April 12 will be devoted to meetings of the GE and Vestas Roundtables with the morning of April 13 devoted to meetings of the Siemens and Clipper Roundtables. Discussions are underway to schedule additional Roundtable meetings at this event. These manufacturer-specific Roundtable Forums are for turbine owner/operators only. They provide the opportunity for frank and open discussion among users, who will share their information, knowledge and experience. A networking reception will take place the evening of April 12.

UWIG Teaming with NERC to Offer Workshop on VG Integration

UWIG is partnering with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to host a workshop on the work of NERC’s Integration of Variable Generation Task Force. The workshop will be held April 12 at the Crowne Plaza.

UWIG is partnering with Energinet.dk to present a special topical workshop on Market Design and Operation with Variable Renewables, June 22-23, 2011 in Fredericia, Denmark.

The Fall Technical Workshop will take place October 11-14 on Maui, Hawaii. The events will kick off with a workshop focusing on solar integration on October 11 and end with the Fall Technical Workshop on October 13-14.

UWIG Helps Organize Wind Tutorial at IEEE Power Systems Conference

UWIG has partnered with the IEEE Power and Energy Society to organize the tutorial Fundamentals of Wind Energy to be presented March 23 at the IEEE PES Power Systems Conference March 20-23 in Phoenix, Ariz. This tutorial will provide an introduction to the basic considerations associated with planning and operating a power system with wind power plants.

UWIG Co-sponsors International Wind Integration Workshop

UWIG will co-sponsor the 10th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Farms. The event will be held October 25-26 in Aarhus Denmark. This workshop provides an international forum to: Discuss technical and economic issues of the large-scale integration of wind power including the recent advances in transmission technologies (AC and DC),Discuss innovative ideas and present results from ongoing and Stimulate interdisciplinary thinking between wind energy and power transmission industries, as well as universities.



Source: UWIG ,March 16, 2011