The Value of Wind Energy

This webinar, the fourth in a series, provides information on the advances in wind technology and how one of the region’s leading utilities values and manages its wind resource.

Webinar Agenda:

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Karin Wadsack, Project Director, College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University; Four Corners Wind Resource Center

Ms. Wadsack introduces the Four Corners Wind Resource Center and some resources that provide information on advances in wind technology and the value of wind. Ms. Wadsack's presentation is available here and her slides are available here.

Value and Services of a Modern Wind Turbine
Mark Rush, Technical Director, Renewable Energy Sales, GE Power and Water

GE Renewable Energy is one of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers, with over 25,000 turbines installed globally. They offer turbines in a range of rated capacities from 1.7 MW to 3.2 MW. Nationally wind energy is the fastest growing energy resource. What are the characteristics of this energy resource?

Mr. Rush provides information on characteristics of wind turbines, expected improvements and new opportunities with low-speed wind turbines. Mr. Rush's presentation is available here and his slides are available here.

The Value of Wind Energy – A Utility’s Perspective
Steve Beuning, Director, Market Operations, Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy is a regional leader in the integration of wind energy, managing a wind portfolio of 6,419 MW. When a utility adds wind power to its energy portfolio what value does it bring? How do utilities manage this variable resource? What operational and system modifications are necessary, if any, to assimilate wind energy into a utility’s energy generation?

Mr. Beuning shares Xcel Energy's experience managing wind energy that provided 15% of the company’s aggregate annual energy supply in 2014 and an hourly supply high of 61% for its operating company, Public Service Company of Colorado. Mr. Beuning also discusses the value of wind for the utility and operational and system modifications made for efficient integration. Mr. Beuning's presentation is available here and his slides are available here.

Q & A and wrap up

For questions or more information contact Meghan Dutton: meghan@utahcleanenergy.org.

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