The industry's leading workshop on wind and solar forecasting
Workshop on Variable Generation Forecasting Applications to Power System Planning and Operations
February 26-27, 2013 - Salt Lake City, Utah
This multi-day workshop will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek beginning on Tuesday morning, February 26 and ending at 5:30 pm Wednesday, February 27. The primary audience for the workshop include participants in the UVIG Operating Impacts and Integration Study User Group, as well as other UVIG members. The workshop is open to UVIG members and invited guests and the attendance will be limited to facilitate discussion amongst the participants
This workshop is intended for utility, wind and solar industry personnel associated with producing and using variable generation (VG) plant output forecasts for power system operation. The workshop purposes are to:
This workshop is organized around a collection of 8 sessions and 3 themes. The first three sessions are trying to get at the questions associated with the value of forecasting. Forecasting value is driven in large part by three things: market design, system design and operating practices, and trading strategies. If you change the rules or approach in any of these areas, you change the aspects of the forecasts that matter and the perceived value of the forecasts. The first three sessions will examine these questions in more detail, followed by a session on implementation.
The second theme is forecasting operation experience, which will consist of 2 sessions, followed by the theme of R&D developments, consisting of the next 2 sessions. The workshop will be concluded with a summary session outlining some ideas for the future.
Workshop topics include:
The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Solar Programs plan to hold co-located meetings around the workshop. Here are descriptions of these meetings:
DOE Solar Program Meeting
Purpose: To solicit detailed input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, on appropriate metrics, their definition, calculation method, and applications, to measure accuracy of solar forecasts. Attendance and active participation from electric utilities, ISO/RTOs, solar forecasting industry, and other stakeholders are requested by DOE at this workshop. Input from stakeholders will assist in guiding the development of a common set of metrics and their applications. Attendees input - especially the end-users of solar forecasts - will be invaluable in shaping the discussions.
The workshop will begin with brief presentations on the Forecasting FOA scope by DOE, brief proposed scope of work and initial thoughts on metrics by NCAR and by IBM, and proposed colloborative efforts, by NOAA - each presentation to last about 15 minutes. After these presentations, the workshop will enter into a facilitated discussion mode in which input will be solicited from the participants on what are the metrics by which they think accuracy of forecasts should be measured, and how to define those metrics. Next, the discussion will turn towards gathering input on baseline establishment processes for forecast accuracy measurement, and the process for setting achievable target values to measure improvement in accuracy. Some read-ahead material on metrics will be provided to the registered participants closer to the workshop date.
DOE Wind Program Meeting
Purpose: To discuss how DOE has responded to the feedback from last year's R&D priorities meeting, discuss what activities DOE has initiated and plans to undertake going forward, and solicit feedback on those plans. Attendance and active participation from electric utilities, ISO/RTOs, forecasting industry, and other stakeholders are requested by DOE at this workshop. Input from stakeholders will assist in guiding the further development of the Wind and Water Power Programs research agenda.
Location and Accommodations
The workshop will take place at the
Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
Please mention UVIG or the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group to receive the rate of $140 per night plus applicable taxes. Please note that the group block has expired and the hotel will honor the group rate on a space available basis. The hotel does not have availability the night of February 28.
The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown's published rate for one night is $139 per night plus tax. They are also offering a 20% discount if you stay a minimum of 2 nights which brings the advertised rate to $112.
Registration for this workshop is available online. Registration for this event will be limited to employees of UVIG member organizations and invited guests.
Registration costs are as follows:
$575 - workshop registrants
$425 - workshop speakers
For information about eligibility to attend the workshop and the registration link, contact:
Cancellations and Refunds
All requests for refunds must be submitted to UVIG in writing. Refunds may not be processed until after the event.