Distributed Wind/Solar Interconnection Workshop
Sponsored by the American Public Power Association - Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED), National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Western Area Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program - Wind Powering America Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Program, and the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group
May 21-22, 2013 - Golden, CO
The workshop sponsors have been in the forefront of addressing wind and solar interconnection and variable generation issues, opportunities and challenges for many years. This two-day workshop will answer your questions about interconnecting wind and solar plants and other distributed generation applications to electric distribution systems; and provide insight and understanding to integrating large-scale renewable generation into the transmission system. The workshop will be held at NREL's state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the first day and at Western's Electric Power Training Center (EPTC) on the second day, both in Golden, Colorado.
The workshop will provide an overview of wind and solar interconnection studies and many frequently asked questions; followed by case-study presentations on wind and solar project interconnection experiences. It includes a tour of NREL's state-of-the-art ESIF where 200 NREL researchers and support staff engineer, design, test, and analyze components and systems to enable economic, reliable integration of renewable electricity, fuel production, storage, and building efficiency technologies with the U.S. electricity delivery infrastructure. The staff also conducts research to overcome challenges related to the interconnection of distributed energy systems and the integration of renewable energy technologies into the electrical grid. The ESIF staff uses a high-performance computing data center that will improve and expand capabilities in modeling and simulation of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies and their integration into the existing energy infrastructure.
The workshop includes a “hands on” introduction to UVIG's Internet-based tools designed to assess a distributed wind project's impact on the local distribution system. Training will cover the theory behind each tool and demonstrate their use with actual data. Speakers from Tri-State G&T, Xcel Energy, NREL, Western and DOE will address topics beyond the distribution system, including transmission power operations, and renewable integration studies. Also, Western's EPTC instructors will give the participants a tour of the EPTC center where they 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 NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Program.
Continuing education credit will be available for this workshop.
The workshop will be held at the:
May 21 - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
May 22 - Western Area Power Administration
7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast at ESIF
7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast at EPTC
Fees and Registration
Workshop Registration Fee $300 Webinars $99 (for all four webinars)
Registration for the onsite attendees is limited to the first 25 registrants (the computer lab at the EPTC can accommodate up to 25 comfortably).
Non-U.S. Citizens (foreign nationals) are no longer being allowed to register for on-site attendance (webinar participation only) due to security requirements from the DOE for entry to its facilities
Western Area Power Administration is offering registration scholarships to the first ten Electric Cooperative, Municipally-owned Electric Utility, or Native American Tribe attendees to this workshop. To secure a registration scholarship, please contact Randy Manion, Renewable Resource Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Manion@wapa.gov.
All registration cancellations and requests for refunds of registration fees must be submitted to UVIG in writing.
Requests received by April 15 - receive refund less $25 administrative fee.
Requests received after April 15 - receive refund less $150 administrative fee.
Note that individuals registered for the webinar option will be issued full refunds if they cancel their participation in advance.
Registrants who have not paid by April 15 will need to make arrangements to pay in advance via credit card or risk having their registrations cancelled.
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Accommodations are available at the following hotels, listed in order of proximity to the EPTC:
Courtyard by Marriott
Denver Marriott West
Days Inn and Suites
Hilton Homewood Suites
Residence Inn by Marriott Denver West Golden
Table Mountain Inn