Recently, I was invited to speak at the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group (UVIG) Conference, which was focused on improving the integration of variable generation into the electric power system. UVIG was established in 1989 and currently has more than 160 members from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. The conference was well-attended with participants from Europe, North America and Asia.

This year’s conference topics included a tutorial on stochastic forecasting methods as they apply to quantifying wind and solar generation forecast uncertainty, how to run a solar and wind forecasting trial, integrating stochastic generation forecasts into an EMS system, and industry trends with distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) forecasting.

During the conference, I participated on a panel that discussed ways to incorporate distributed PV into a load forecast. My co-presenters, Jim Blatchford of the California ISO and Dr. Tom Hoff of Clean Power Research, and I discussed how we incorporate the PV forecasts that Clean Power Research develops into the real-time load forecast model Itron developed for the California ISO. If you would like to find out more about the how we do this, feel free to reach me at

If you are interested in learning more about wind and solar generation forecasting, you should consider attending a future UVIG conference.