UVIG Announces 2014 Technical Achievement Honorees, Scholarship Recipients

  UVIG Announces 2014 Technical Achievement Honorees, Scholarship Recipients

Honors industry leaders for contributions, awards funds to students to further
their education

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RESTON, Va. -- April 24, 2014

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) announced Mark
Ahlstrom of WindLogics, Melinda Marquis of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, Brad Reeve of Kotzebue Electric Association, Nick
Brown of SPP, Ken Schuyler of PJM Interconnection, Gene Hinkle and Bahman
Daryanian of GE Energy Consulting, and Paul Bonavia of Tucson Electric
Power/UNS Energy as recipients of its 2014 Annual Achievement Awards.

UVIG President Steve Beuning will present the awards and recognize recipients
of the 2014 UVIG Academic Scholarships at a reception during its 2014 UVIG
Spring Technical Workshop and Annual Meeting to be held in Anchorage, Alaska
May 20-22.

The citation for the award to Ahlstrom, the CEO of WindLogics notes “…
sustained leadership in and contributions to understanding the intersection of
variable generation forecasting, power system integration, and market design
and operation.”

The citation for the award to Marquis, who works at NOAA’s Earth System
Research Laboratory notes “…sustained leadership in and contributions to
raising the priority of wind energy forecasting work on the NOAA agenda,
bringing the perspective of the meteorological research community to wind
integration projects, and developing a better understanding of variable
generation forecasting requirements.”

The citation for the award to Reeve, the General Manager of Kotzebue Electric
Association, notes “…sustained local, state, national and international
leadership in the integration of renewable energy into village power systems.”

The citation for the award to Brown, President of SPP, notes “…sustained
leadership in market design and operation in SPP and the successful launch of
their energy and ancillary service markets providing greater flexibility for
the integration of VG.”

The citation for the award to Schuyler, Hinkle, and Daryanian recognizes them
“for expanding the knowledge of variable generation integration study modeling
and methodology and gaining new insights into power system behavior through
the PJM VG Integration Study.”

The citation for the award to Bonavia, who is retiring as president of Tucson
Electric, recognizes his “visionary leadership at Xcel Energy and Tucson
Electric Power in advancing the integration of wind and solar power into
electric utility systems.”

According to UVIG’s Beuning, this year’s slate of honorees reflects the core
missions for the organization: “All of these recipients have provided
leadership and extended the science and understanding of integrating wind and
solar generation into utility power systems. Not only has there been an
expansion of the state of the art of how to integrate variable generation, but
there has been significant work undertaken in understanding application of
variable generation in a variety of utility operating environments and
business models. As President of UVIG, it gives me great pleasure to announce
these awards and to congratulate the recipients.”

In addition, the organization announced that Armando Gurrola of Texas State
College, Spencer Hill of Redstone College, Zachary Lee of John Brown
University, Samantha McPeak of the University of Alabama and Derek Meiman of
St. Cloud State University/University of Minnesota are the recipients of the
2014 UVIG Academic Scholarships. Gurrola and Hill will receive $1,000 VG plant
technician scholarships while Lee, McPeak, and Meiman will receive $2,000
engineering scholarships. Beuning hailed the three as “outstanding students
who are poised to make a difference in their areas of study.”

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, previously known as the
Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), was established in 1989 to provide a
forum for the critical analysis of wind and solar technology for utility
applications and to serve as a source of credible information on the status of
wind and solar technology and deployment. The group’s mission is to accelerate
the development and application of good engineering and operational practices
supporting the appropriate integration of variable generation for utility
applications through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members, in
collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, its National Renewable
Energy Laboratory and utility research organizations. UVIG currently has over
175 members from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including
investor-owned, public power, and rural electric cooperative utilities;
transmission system operators; and associate member corporate, government, and
academic organizations. For more information, visit the UVIG web site at
www.variablegen.org.

Contact:

Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group
Sandy Smith, 865-218-4600, ext. 6141
Conference and Communications Coordinator
sandy@variablegen.org
 
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