Wind Turbine Operations & Maintenance
Wind turbine operations and maintenance (O&M) represents a growing segment and business opportunity in the wind energy industry. When properly maintained and operated, wind turbines can provide large amounts of electricity, cleanly and reliably, at prices competitive with any other new electricity source. As of 2016, the U.S. wind energy industry has installed more than 74,000 megawatts of wind projects and accumulated millions of hours of wind turbine operation and maintenance experience. The industry is facing nearly $40 billion worth of wind installations in the United States that will be out of warranty, thrusting the financial risk on the owner to provide cost-effective operation and maintenance. Furthermore, in the next 20 years, the United States will require more than 100,000 additional wind turbines to supply 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. Operations and maintenance, safety management systems, and other project reliability activities are becoming the critical elements affecting profitability in the sector.
Operations in Excellence Award
The AWEA Operations in Excellence Award recognizes an individual or company for excellence in efficient and effective operation of a wind farm collaborating with others in the wind industry to improve the quality of O&M services. The Excellence in Operations Award is presented at the annual AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference. Click here for more information.
Operations and Maintenance Committee
AWEA's Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Committee and Subcommittees provide a forum for members to share information and support the industry through a variety of activities to ensure operational excellence. The committees develop recommended practices for effective operation and maintenance procedures, ensures education and technician training programs deliver the essential knowledge and skills needed for effective operation of wind projects, and supports the development of component reliability databases to establish a benchmark to track improvements in operation, maintenance, and repair practices. AWEA members are invited to participate on committees. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the O&M Committee.
These recommended practices are the creation of dozens of expert wind project operators, engineers, technicians, and designers who have teamed up to provide state-of-the-art guidance on the operation and maintenance of modern wind turbines and projects. The recommended practices are available online at the AWEA Bookstore.