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2013 Solar and Wind Interconnection Workshop to take place May 21-22 in Colorado


From the April 5, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 5, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

APPA's Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program is among the sponsors of a two-day workshop on distributed wind power and solar interconnection issues. The workshop will be held May 21-22 in Golden, Colo. 

The workshop will cover interconnecting wind and solar plants and other distributed generation and look at issues involved with integrating large-scale renewable generation into the transmission system. The first day will take place at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility; the second day will take place at the Western Area Power Administration's Electric Power Training Center.

The workshop will include a tour of NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, where researchers design, test and analyze components and systems for integration of renewable electricity, fuel production, storage, and building efficiency technologies with electric transmission and distribution infrastructure.

The workshop will include a hands-on introduction to the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group's Internet-based tools, designed to assess a distributed wind project's impact on a local distribution system. 

Instructors will lead a tour of the Western Area Power Administration's Electric Power Training Center and demonstrate a miniature power system. The tiny system includes a wind farm simulator developed in partnership with the NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Program.

APPA's DEED program co-funded the development of the tools/applets used in this course. Workshop participants will earn continuing education credit.

Other sponsors of the workshop are the NREL, WAPA, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 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.

The workshop registration fee is $300; a set of four webinars also will be offered for $99. Registration is available online.

For more information, contact Sandy Smith, Utility Variable Integration Group, at 865/218-4600, extension 6141; sandy@uwig.org. Lodging information is posted on UVIG's website. (The organization was formerly known as the Utility Wind Integration Group, and its website has not been updated yet to show the new name.)


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