UVIG Announces 2013 Technical Achievement Honorees

Honors industry leaders for contributions, outgoing board members for service

Reston, Va. – March 21, 2013 – The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) announced that Debbie Lew and Greg Brinkman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Steve Lefton of Intertek; Mahesh Morjaria of First Solar and Lars Johnson of SunPower; Maureen Hand and Trieu Mai of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sam Baldwin of the U.S. Department of Energy; Steve Beuning of Xcel Energy; Terry Boston of PJM Interconnection; Tom Imbler of Xcel Energy; and Steve Gilbert of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative are recipients of its 2013 Annual Achievement Award.

UVIG President Henry Durrwachter will present the awards and recognize outgoing members of its board of directors and advisory group at a reception during its 2013 Spring Technical Workshop and Annual Meeting held April 3-4 in Charleston, S.C.

The citation for the award to Lew, Brinkman, and Lefton notes that their "outstanding contributions to determining the impact of cycling operation due to wind and solar generation on O&M cost and emissions of coal and natural gas plants in the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS)."

The citation for the award to Morjaria and Johnson recognizes their "pioneering developments in the construction and interconnection of the largest solar PV plants in the world."

The citation for the award to Hand, Mai, and Baldwin note their "groundbreaking contributions in the examination of electric power system operation with very high shares of wind, solar and other renewable power options through the Renewable Electricity Futures (REF) study."

The citation for the award to Beuning recognizes "his leadership and pioneering efforts in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) on behalf of increased variable generation integration in an economic fashion through pursuit of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)."

The citation for the award for PJM CEO Terry Boston notes his "contributions to the design and advancement of electricity markets to incorporate variable generation forecasting and enhance market flexibility."

The award to Xcel’s Imbler is a recognition of "Xcel Energy’s sustained leadership and innovation over the past decade in integrating a high percentage of variable generation into their energy supply through pioneering efforts in all aspects of renewable energy procurement, integration analysis, development and implementation of wind forecasting technology and new operating procedures."

The inaugural 2013 Ross Newlin Annual Achievement Award for Variable-Generation Plant Operations & Maintenance goes to AVEC’s Gilbert, chairman of the UVIG O&M Users Group. The citation notes "his work in leading the reorganization and expansion of the UVIG Operations & Maintenance Users Group into the leading industry forum for operator-to-operator information exchange and support."

UVIG is also honoring Brian Parsons of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for "his steadfast vision and strong leadership in managing the NREL wind integration activities and in promoting effective collaboration among the DOE, NREL and UVIG renewables integration programs."

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 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 the development of systems and processes to ensure the generation operates and is utilized 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 recognizing Brent Petrie, formerly of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative; Brian Skeahan, formerly of Cowlitz Public Utility District, and Durrwachter of Luminant 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 175 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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