The UVIG Operations & Maintenance Users Group provides a forum for personnel working with wind and solar generation equipment and at wind and solar power plants to network, share experiences, and learn up-to-date knowledge on technical topics.
The schedule of events begins March 27 with a tour of the ZF gearbox rebuild facility in nearby Vernon Hills. The tour will be followed by a half day workshop (roundtable discussion) focused on padmount transformers.
The core meeting will begin the morning of March 28 with a plenary session focusing on generators and power converters. The plenary session is open to attendance by employees of all UVIG member organizations.
That session will be followed in the afternoon by meetings of the Siemens, Clipper, and Mitsubishi/Gamesa Roundtables. The day will conclude with a networking reception with the presentation of the Ross Newlin Annual Achievement Award for Variable-Generation Plant Operations and Maintenance.
Running in parallel the morning of March 29 will be meetings of the GE, Vestas, and Senvion/Nordex/Suzlon Roundtables. The afternoon will feature a Roundtable focusing on Balance of Plant issues and an update on NERC topics.
The Solar O&M Roundtable will meet all-day on March 30 (separate registration required).
Attendees will board the bus at the hotel between 7:45 and 8:00 AM on March 27. Breakfast and a box lunch will be provided.
The group should be back at the hotel around 1 PM.
Following the positive feedback from the Blades Workshop in Destin, UVIG will hold a pre-meeting workshop on padmount transformers. This will be a discussion that is not specific to any turbine manufacturer. The workshop will be followed by a networking reception.
Based on feedback from the user group membership, the plenary session will focus on generators and power converters.
The heart of the meeting is manufacturer-specific Roundtables for user group members only. The format consists of open discussions, moderated by Roundtable chairpersons, centered on a specific wind turbine component or specific model of wind turbine, or solar power equipment. The Roundtables provide the opportunity for frank and open discussion among users, who share their information, knowledge and experience.
Participation in the Roundtables is limited to employees of UVIG member organizations that own, operate, or maintain wind and/or solar generation equipment.
The meeting will be held at:
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
The group rate is USD 139 per night plus tax. The room block expires March 5.
Online registration is only available to user group members and interested parties from UVIG member organizations. One’s employer must be a UVIG member in good standing to attend this event.
Below you will find our rate table with a breakdown of registration costs for the Chicago meeting.
All registration cancellations and requests for refunds of registration fees must be submitted to UVIG in writing.
Requests received by 5 PM Eastern on March 20 – receive full refund.
Requests received after 5 PM Eastern on March 20 – receive refund less $250 administrative fee (full meeting attendees) or $50 (plenary session only attendees).
Registrants who have not paid by March 20 will need to make arrangements to pay in advance via credit card or risk having their registrations cancelled.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Education Units will be available to attendees of this event. Information will be available on site.