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AWEA recognizes industry leaders in operations and safety


Invenergy, Apex Clean Energy, Third Planet Windpower, Wanzek Construction and Acciona were honored last week at AWEA’s O&M and Safety Conference

WASHINGTON—The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) last week recognized five accomplished individuals and companies as part of its Safety and Health Excellence Recognition and Excellence in Operations programs. Each year, these programs recognize industry leaders that go above and beyond to prioritize operational efficiency and workforce safety.
Chris Meehan, Vice President of Wind Operations at Invenergy, a leading U.S.-based wind farm developer and operator earned the Excellence in Operations Award. The award distinguishes an individual or company for excellence in efficiency and effective operations of its wind projects and for constructive collaboration with others in the industry to improve the quality of O&M services.  
“Chris Meehan was nominated and selected by his industry peers for always prioritizing safety and exemplifying operations best practices,” said Tom Vinson, Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at AWEA. “He helped create a culture of engagement among managers and technicians at Invenergy projects to ensure safety always comes first and employees are empowered to address workplace safety concerns. He is a true champion of operations and safety excellence.”
AWEA also recognized four companies for their dedication to advancing safety and health in the wind industry through the Safety and Health Excellence Recognition Program. This program has two levels of recognition highlighting the companies’ commitment to environmental, health and safety (EHS) best practices and for laudable safety achievements.
AWEA’s Safety and Health Gold Achievement was presented to Apex Clean Energy, Third Planet Windpower and Wanzek Construction for demonstrating safety as a core value and for their active participation in AWEA’s efforts to advance EHS in the industry.
Acciona Energy was awarded AWEA’s Safety and Health Silver Recognition for successfully integrating health and safety as key values in their company and making measurable achievements in their safety performance.
“AWEA congratulates and thanks these companies for their dedication to workforce safety in the wind industry,” said Michele Mihelic, Senior Director of Standards & Asset Management at AWEA. “Our industry takes pride in going above and beyond to ensure our workers have a safe and healthy environment to perform their jobs and supply clean energy to American homes and businesses.”
All three awards were presented at AWEA’s annual Wind Project Operations & Maintenance and Safety Conference in San Diego. This annual conference brings together industry professionals to identify and solve unique challenges in the health & safety, O&M, workforce training & development, and quality assurance sectors.

The vision and content for the conference are put together by AWEA’s O&M and Safety Committees.  Throughout the year, these committees also develop important resources for the industry including recommended practices, standards, safety awareness campaigns, OSHA 10 training, safety data collection and more. Any AWEA member interested in joining an O&M or Safety committee can contact


AWEA is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, the largest source of renewable energy in the country. We represent 1,000 member companies, 120,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, and a nationwide workforce located across all 50 states. AWEA serves as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies, the AWEA CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Indianapolis, June 7-10, 2021. An outgrowth of the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, CLEANPOWER is the first trade show focused exclusively on the utility-scale renewable power sector, bringing together all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers and buyers under one roof. Visit AWEA’s website to learn more about the enormous economic benefits wind power brings to America and be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.