Distributed Wind/Solar Interconnection Workshop

Sponsored by UWIG, American Public Power Association, Western Area Power Administration, Wind Powering America, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, U.S. Department of Energy Wind Technologies Program, American Wind Energy Association, and Solar Electric Power Association

January 19-21, 2011 - Golden, CO

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Please send e-mail to info@uwig.org to inquire about possible future online presentations of portions or all of this workshop

Are you ready to integrate the world's fastest growing form of generation into your power mix? This two-day workshop, with an optional tour of the National Wind Technology Center planned for Friday Jan. 21 will answer your questions about interconnecting wind turbines and other distributed generation applications to electric distribution systems.

Get an overview of wind energy, followed by an introduction to the Utility Wind Integration Group's Internet-based tools for assessing a distributed wind or solar project's impact on the local distribution system. Training will cover the theory behind each tool and demonstrate their use with actual data.

New sessions have been added to this year's event. Get a look into work being done with distributed photovoltaic (PV) integration and learn about HOMER, a tool for optimizing hybrid renewable energy system design.

Also, Western's Electric Power Training Center (EPTC) instructors will offer a tour of the center. Participants will have the opportunity to observe a demonstration of the EPTC's hands-on miniature power system, which includes a Wind Farm Simulator developed in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program.

Continuing education credit is available for this workshop.

The workshop will be held at the:

Western Area Power Administration
Electric Power Training Center
1667 Cole Boulevard, Building 19 - Suite 152
Golden, CO 80401

Accommodations are available at the following hotels:

Residence Inn by Marriott Denver West Golden
14600 W 6th Avenue, Frontage Road
Golden, CO 80401

Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401

Courtyard by Marriott Denver West Golden
14700 W 6th Avenue, Frontage Road
Golden, CO 80401

Days Inn and Suites
15059 West Colfax Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Use the VIP code EPTC

January 19 Agenda

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast at EPTC
8:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions
8:15 a.m. - Wind Integration Studies and FAQs
9:15 a.m. - Distributed Wind Integration Experience
10:00 a.m. - Break
10:30 a.m. - UWIG's Distributed Wind and Solar Activities
12:00 p.m. Lunch, Speaker - Richard Krauze, EWT Americas
1:00 p.m. - Economics of Distributed Renewable Projects
Lab Exercises: Capacity Factor, Production Tax Credit, Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
2:45 p.m. - Afternoon Break
3:15 p.m. - Standards and Interconnection Requirements
Lab Exercises: UWIG Screening Tool
5:00 p.m. - Adjourn

January 20 Agenda

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast at EPTC
8:00 a.m. - Distribution System Impacts of Variable Power Output
Lab Exercises: Flicker Evaluation, Wind/PV/Storage Example in HOMER
9:45 a.m. - Break
10:15 a.m. - Tour of the UWIG Feeder Simulator
Lab Exercises: MultiSpeak Import, Voltage Control, Overcurrent Protection
12:00 p.m. - Lunch - Speaker - Lee Alnes, Second Wind
1:00 p.m. - Transmission Planning for Renewables in the West
2:00 p.m. - Wind Energy Update
3:00 p.m. - Open Discussions and Q&A
3:30 p.m. - Tour of Western’s EPTC and Wind Simulator (Interactive Demonstration of Wind Energy Operations)
4:30 p.m. - Workshop Adjourned

January 21 Optional Tour of National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) (Limited to 20 participants and registration for this closed January 13)

7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast at EPTC
8:00 a.m. - Leave for NWTC
9:00 a.m. - Tour NWTC
12:00 p.m. - Return to EPTC


Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Tom McDermott, Meltran

Michael Milligan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Brad Nickell, Western Electricity Coordinating Council

Tom Wind, Wind Utility Consulting


Registration is limited to the first 30 attendees.

A limited number of spaces for this workshop are available for university/college students to attend at no charge through UWIG's scholarship program. For additional information contact:

Sandy Smith
Utility Wind Integration Group
Phone: (865) 218-4600, ext. 6141
Fax: (865) 218-8999
E-mail: sandy@uwig.org

The Public Renewables Partnership effort led by Western Area Power Administration (Western) and funded through the U.S. DOE Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program will offer thirty $500 scholarships to employees of electric cooperatives and public power utilities to attend UWIG meetings, including this event. The scholarship can be used to help defray travel expenses or registration fees. The applicant’s employer must be a member of NRECA or APPA and there is no limit on the number of scholarships per utility. To apply for the scholarship, please contact Randy Manion at 720-962-7423 or manion@wapa.gov.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All registration cancellations and requests for refunds of registration fees must be submitted to UWIG in writing.

Requests received by January 12 - receive refund less $25 administrative fee.

Requests received after January 12 - receive refund less $150 administrative fee.

Registrants who have not paid by January 12 will need to make arrangements to pay in advance via credit card or risk having their registrations cancelled.

For more information, please send e-mail to info@uwig.org


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