RESTON, Va.–()–The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a resolution to name its Operations & Maintenance Annual Achievement Award after wind industry veteran Ross Newlin. Newlin, a long-time employee of enXco Service Corporation, now EDF Renewable Services, passed away in July following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Ross’s belief in the value of information sharing has greatly benefited UVIG, EDF Renewable Services, and the wind industry in general”
The resolution, approved by the UVIG Board on August 22, hailed Newlin as a champion of its Operations & Maintenance Users Group. As the resolution reads: “Ross was a strong proponent of UVIG and its cooperative goal to improve the wind industry through open communication and information sharing among plant owners. He believed that learning from each other’s experiences was the only way to get through the learning curve. This was reflective of his philosophical view and the genuine principle that innovation is all around us and by seeking it collectively, we will all achieve success.”
The resolution was brought before the UVIG Board by the leadership of its O&M Users Group, who successfully sought to have the award named the “Ross Newlin Annual Achievement Award for Variable-Generation Plant Operations & Maintenance.”
According to UVIG President Henry Durrwachter, the Board felt this recognition was an appropriate honor for a longtime supporter and friend of the organization. “Ross was an early embracer of the concept of our turbine discussion roundtables, serving as an early co-leader of the GE Roundtable and leader of the Mitsubishi-Gamesa Roundtable. He sought to increase the involvement of his co-workers and colleagues in the wind industry in the O&M Users Group. Naming the award after him is a very appropriate way to honor his memory. We join EDF Renewable Services and his family in mourning his passing.”
“Ross’s belief in the value of information sharing has greatly benefited UVIG, EDF Renewable Services, and the wind industry in general,” said Larry Barr, Executive Vice President, EDF Renewable Services. “He generously contributed significant amounts of his time in support of UVIG, NREL and various other industry organizations and individual relationships. Within our company, Ross was a respected engineer, an inspirational leader, and most importantly a caring coworker to all. He is deeply missed in many ways but mostly as a friend. This award is a very meaningful tribute.”
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 and reliable operation of variable generation on the electric power system. This will be accomplished through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members in collaboration with electric power and variable generation industry stakeholders, including federal agencies, trade associations, and industry research organizations. UVIG currently has over 170 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.uwig.org.