Variable-Generation on Power Systems: A Short Course on the Integration and Interconnection of Variable Generation into Electric Power Systems
September 18-21, 2012 - Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, N.M.
An Outstanding Education Opportunity!
This course provides an unparalleled opportunity for a rapid introduction to the major issues and concerns associated with the addition of large amounts of transmission or distribution connected generation on the power system. The faculty consists of outstanding leaders and practitioners in their fields of expertise from Europe and North America. The scope of the short course is extremely comprehensive, and the breadth and depth of the faculty expertise available is unprecedented. There is no better opportunity available to introduce new or existing staff to the broad range of considerations associated with applications of variable generation on power systems. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best in the business and to discuss your own issues and concerns with them!
In addition, attendees will receive copies of two leading texts on integrating wind generation as well as distributed generation. Finally, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss applications of leading power system analytical software as well as tour a local solar/energy storage installation.
Wind and solar generation are being installed at a rapid pace on both the bulk electric grid and on utility distribution networks. This variable-output generation presents a set of challenges for electric power system operators, generation owners/operators, transmission and distribution engineers, regulators, policy makers, and other stakeholders involved in the reliable operation of the electric grid.
In order to properly study and evaluate the impact of this new capacity, which behaves differently from fossil or nuclear generation, an understanding of its characteristics is essential. This short course will provide an introduction to the underlying technology and operation of wind and solar plants, their interconnection requirements and operating impacts, how to model them for power system analysis purposes for planning and operating studies, and associated considerations of transmission and distribution planning, capacity value, forecasting and market operation. An introduction to the use of actual models in simulation programs will also be provided.
This course is intended to provide the necessary background for engineers and researchers on the interconnection and integration of wind and solar generation on electric power systems. It is also geared towards experts already working in this area, as there will be an opportunity to exchange knowledge and discuss experiences from around the globe. Experts from the US and Europe will provide state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise on the application of power system engineering methods to address the incorporation of wind and solar generation into electric power systems.
This course is targeted towards power systems engineering and management personnel from utilities, RTOs/ISOs, and independent transmission companies as well as consultants, manufacturers and developers involved with the evaluation and planning of the interconnection and operation of new variable generation plants. Regional planning entities, regulatory authorities, and policymakers will also benefit from this course.
Background and Introduction
Power System Planning Issues
Power System Operation Issues
Wind and Solar Generation Modeling and Simulation
UWIG Members and Government Employees $1995
Academic - $1495
Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. The fee covers breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch daily as well as a reception and a group dinner. Course materials and a copy of the book Wind Power in Power Systems, Editor: Thomas Ackermann, Publisher: Wiley & Sons, will be provided as well as the book Integration of Distributed Generation in the Power System, Math H. Bollen and Fainan Hassan, Publisher Wiley & Sons.
A discount on registration can be extended to multiple individuals with a single organization. Please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Attendees can participate in an optional field trip to Public Service Company of New Mexico's Prosperity Energy Storage Project on Friday afternoon. The tour is available at no additional charge, but advance registration is required. Transportation will be provided to the facility as well as to the Albuquerque airport afterward.
Short Course Faculty
Thomas Ackermann, Ph.D. - Energynautics and Lecturer at the Royal University of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. International consultant and Editor of Wind Power in Power Systems, Wiley Press.
Mark Ahlstrom – CEO of WindLogics, leading-edge wind and solar forecasting company. Frequent lecturer on topics of forecasting and value of forecasting in power system operations.
Steve Beuning - Xcel Energy. Expert on regional market design, energy trading, and transmission rights management.
Abraham Ellis, Ph.D. - Sandia National Laboratories. Leading researcher on topics of PV integration on T&D systems and former transmission engineer with PNM.
Lynn Hecker, Ph.D. – Manger, Economic Studies, MISO. Experienced in transmission planning for large-scale wind integration studies, recognized expert on production cost modeling and simulation tools.
Gene Hinkle - GE Energy - leading consultant on large-scale wind integration studies and nationally recognized specialist on power system modeling and simulation with GE MAPS and MARS
Debbie Lew, Ph.D. - National Renewable Energy Laboratory – leading wind and solar integration system researcher and project manager on major variable generation integration studies
Jason MacDowell - GE Energy – leading consultant with expertise in wind turbines, protection, modeling, model verification testing, and grid code development as well as a nationally recognized specialist on transmission system modeling and simulation with PSLF
Tom McDermott, Ph.D. - Meltran, Inc. – experienced power engineering consultant, internationally recognized specialist on T&D system modeling and simulation tools and methods
Joergen Nygaard Nielsen – Siemens – internationally recognized power engineering specialist for model development and validation for wind turbines
Steve Saylors – Vestas – nationally recognized for his lecturing and applications engineering experience with wind turbine technology development and application on power systems
Charlie Smith – Executive Director, Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, internationally recognized variable generation integration consultant and speaker
Bob Zavadil – EnerNex – Internationally recognized power engineering consultant on renewable energy and specialist on utility wind integration studies, modeling and simulation tools
Ross Altman, Siemens/PTI - experienced power engineering consultant, nationally recognized specialist on transmission system modeling and simulation with PSS/E
Tao Guo – Energy Exemplar - experienced power engineering consultant, nationally recognized specialist on production cost modeling and simulation tools and methods
Location and Accommodations
The course will be conducted at the Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, N.M. Hotel Andaluz has a rich history in downtown Albuquerque. Only the fourth hotel ever built by Conrad Hilton, Hotel Andaluz was returned to its former glory in 2008 by current owner Gary Goodman. Hotel Andaluz is one of only two historic GOLD Leed certified hotels in the U.S. Among other green innovations, the hotel features a solar water heating system. For more information on the hotel, visit the Hotel Andaluz web site.
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Cancellations and Refunds
All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Refunds may not be processed until after the course takes place. There is a $75 cancellation fee up to September 13, after which the fee increases to $750. Registrations can be transferred within an organization. Refunds for no shows will be granted only under extreme circumstances. Payment must be received by September 13 or the registration may be cancelled.
Credit for Attendance
2.8 Continuing Education Units will be awarded to course attendees.