UVIG Announces 2012 Technical Achievement Honorees

Honors industry leaders for contributions, former board members for service

Reston, Va. – March 13, 2012 – The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) announced today that Ty Bettis of Portland General Electric; Michael Milligan with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Brendan Kirby, consultant; Mike DeAngelis of Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Ryan Wiser, Mark Bolinger, and Andrew Mills of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Lawrence Jones of Alstom Grid; and Larry Barr of enXco are the recipients of its 2012 Annual Achievement Award.

UVIG President Henry Durrwachter will present the awards and recognize outgoing members of its board of directors at a reception during its 2012 Spring Technical Workshop and Annual Meeting held April 24-26 in San Diego, Calif.

The citation for the award to Bettis and the PGE Wind Integration Team notes that they "have been leading the way in the Pacific Northwest in identifying cost-effective methods for integrating renewable resources into PGE's resource mix."

The citation for the award to NREL employee Milligan and consultant Kirby note "they have participated in most of the wind integration studies carried out in the US, and have consistently helped move forward the understanding and practice of wind integration to a higher level."

The citation for the award to DeAngelis notes that he "is well known throughout the energy and electric-power communities for his commitment, drive, initiative and excellent judgment relative to the advancement of clean energy in the public interest."

The citation for the award for Wiser, Bolinger, and Mills highlights that their "research areas include the economics of wind and solar power, the integration of large-scale renewable energy projects into the electric power system, and valuation methodologies for variable generation such as solar and wind."

The citation for the award for Alstom Grid’s Jones notes that he "was instrumental in conducting the recent Alstom Grid study on the integration of wind forecasting practices into EMS systems worldwide."

The inaugural UVIG Operations & Maintenance Achievement Award goes to enXco’s Barr, Executive Vice President, Operations and Maintenance for enXco, and the first chairman of the UVIG O&M Users Group. As the citation notes, Barr has "undertaken pioneering work to establish a world-class operations and maintenance organization."

According to UVIG’s Durrwachter, this year’s slate of honorees reflects the core missions for the organization: "All of these recipients have extended the science and understanding of integrating wind and solar generation into utility power systems and ensuring optimal plant operation and reliability. Not only has there been an expansion of the state of the art of how to integrate variable generation, but there has been significant work undertaken in understanding its economics as well as the development of systems and processes to ensure the generation operates as reliably as possible. As President of UVIG, it gives me great pleasure to announce these awards and to congratulate the recipients."

UVIG is also honoring Ron Rebenitsch, formerly of Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Kevin Gaden, formerly of NMPP Energy/Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska; and Dale Osborn of the Midwest ISO for service on the organization’s board of directors.

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 of variable generation for utility applications through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, its National Renewable Energy Laboratory and utility research organizations. UVIG currently has over 150 members from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including investor-owned, public power, and rural electric cooperative utilities; transmission system operators; and associate member corporate, government, and academic organizations.


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