The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG), previously known as the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), was established in 1989 to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind for utility applications. Initially focused on wind power, UWIG expanded its focus to include solar power and distributed generation and become known as the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group in 2011. Today, UVIG is the leading source of global expertise for wind and solar operations and power system integration.
UVIG provides unique access to credible information and applied research to facilitate renewable energy decisions. The group’s objectives are to provide forums for the critical analysis of wind and solar technology for utility applications. Through this forum, UVIG provides one-of-a-kind industry insights, research and advances to support wind and solar technology and deployment worldwide. We do this by providing:
- Collaborative thought leadership at the forefront of renewable integration and operations,
- Technically-grounded information and education without lobbying, selling or advocating,
- Timely review and distribution of research on emerging technologies and practices, and
- Solutions that maximize asset utilization and optimize profits.
The mission of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) is to chart the future of wind and solar power integration and operations. We do this by accelerating the development of technically-grounded engineering and operational practices supporting the appropriate integration and reusable operation of variable generation for electric power systems. We accomplish this through the collaborative efforts of our members, utilities, independent power producers and systems operators, government laboratories, universities, consulting firms, forecasters, developers and manufacturers.
Through our technical and O&M user groups, UVIG members are provided access to credible information on the status of wind and solar technology and deployment.
- Technical Workshops and Special Topical Workshops – Technical Workshops offer panel presentations on the latest studies, experiences and information. Designed to provide timely and broad updates on the most important issues, they are complemented by Special Topical Workshops focused on areas that require in-depth presentations and interactive discussions.
- Technical User Groups – User Group meetings provide a less formal forum for developing emerging topics. At this time, four Technical User Groups are operating, each focused on specific areas of interest to its members:
- Variable-Generation Plant Modeling and Interconnection Studies
- Operating Impacts and Integration Studies
- Distributed Generation
- Market Operation and Transmission Planning
- O&M User Group – The Operations & Maintenance User Group offers turbine and solar-specific O&M discussion roundtables where owners/operators of these assets can share and discuss experiences. This group has special membership rules and protocols so that operating facilities members can speak frankly and share sensitive information in a safe environment.