GE has announced that Nick Miller, senior technical director of GE’s Energy Consulting business, has been recognized by the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) for his contributions to the integration of wind and solar plants into power system operations. He was honored with a UVIG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 UVIG Spring Technical Workshop in Tucson, Arizona.
“Nick Miller has dedicated his career to finding the most effective and efficient ways to integrate wind and solar energy into electric power grids. His work on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Western Wind and Solar Integration Study was pioneering and vital to the future of our industry. We are grateful to Nick for his contributions to the integration of renewables into power system operations, and we congratulate him on being selected for the lifetime achievement award,” said Charles Smith, executive director, UVIG.
UVIG recognized Miller for his career in renewable integration, which includes:
For more than 15 years, working as an inventor and technology developer—including holding several patents—for GE’s wind equipment business to help make wind plants grid-friendly and wind turbines operate effectively on the grid. He also led the GE team that built wind turbine and plant models that utilities use for planning.
Developing the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Western Wind and Solar Integration Study and its three phases of research. In particular, Miller’s work on the third phase, which investigated the dynamic performance of the Western Interconnection in the fractions of one second to one minute following a large disturbance, was critical to grid reliability.
Counseling utilities and governments in more than three dozen countries—both well developed and developing countries and countries very low in electrical infrastructure—on how they can make their grids more reliable, cleaner and more economical.
“UVIG is the only professional organization focused exclusively on renewable integration and operation. Its members are leaders in the industry, the best of the best, a society that together shares best practices and solves challenges,” said Miller. “I am humbled and honored to receive this award from such a highly accomplished and diverse group of experts in our field. I look forward to continued collaboration with my peers to find ways to push the envelope to integrate more renewables onto the grid.”
UVIG, first established in 1989 as the Utility Wind Integration Group, provides a forum for the critical analysis of wind and solar technology for utility applications. It also serves 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 and reliable operation of variable generation on the electric power system.
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