UWIG Announces 2010 Technical Achievement Honorees, Scholarship Recipients

The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) has announced the winners of its 2010 Annual Achievement Award. The recipients are Brian Parsons of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); team members for the Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study and Western Wind and Solar Integration Study; North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC); Kodiak Electric Cooperative; and the University of Minnesota's Ned Mohan.

The awards will be presented at a reception during UWIG's 2010 Spring Technical Workshop and Annual Meeting in April in Portland, Ore.

The citation for the award to Parsons notes his ‘sustained leadership in development and management of a national wind integration program in support of electric utility requirements.’

The citation for the award for Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study members Dave Corbus of NREL, Matt Schuerger of Energy Systems Consulting Services, and Bob Zavadil and Jack King of EnerNex Corp. highlights the effort's role in breaking new ground in the largest and most comprehensive analysis of transmission planning and wind integration in the Eastern Interconnection.

The citation for the award for Western Wind and Solar Integration Study members Debbie Lew of NREL and Dick Piwko, Nick Miller, Gary Jordan, Kara Clark and Lavelle Freeman of GE Energy highlights this effort's role in breaking new ground in the analysis of integrating wind and solar generation in the Western Interconnection.

The citation for the award for NERC recognizes the efforts of Rick Sergal and Mark Lauby in establishing and leading NERC's Integration of Variable Generation Task Force, a seminal effort in investigating the impact of such resources on bulk system reliability, according to UWIG.

UWIG also honored the Kodiak Electric Association, which developed the Pillar Mountain Wind Project, the first utility-scale wind facility built in Alaska.

Finally, UWIG recognized the University of Minnesota's Ned Mohan for ‘sustained leadership in power engineering curriculum development and revitalization in support of renewable energy integration.’

UWIG also announced winners for the second year of its scholarship program: Nathan Schares, of Iowa State University; Justin Hughes, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Neal Lightle, of Iowa Lakes Community College. Schares and Hughes will receive $2000 engineering scholarships, while Lightle – studying wind plant/turbine technology – will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

SOURCE: Utility Wind Integration Group Â

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