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AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report

AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report provides a snapshot view of the latest U.S. wind industry activity and trends. The report includes new wind capacity installations in 2018, wind projects under construction and in advanced development, new power purchase agreements, turbine OEM market share, project acquisition activity, offshore wind energy activity, and more.

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Evaluating Your O&M Provider's Quality Program

There are many factors that influence an owner when choosing an O&M service provider.  Price certainly plays the largest role for many. Past history, and therefore familiarity, with the service provider is important as well. Their safety record is increasingly becoming an important toll gate. But what about the providers quality management system? After all, a well-defined and functioning quality management system (QMS) is just that, a management system, and touches all areas of the company from training to records to even the company’s safety program.

From a broad industry perspective, many owners fall short when evaluating their existing or potential service providers QMS.

This webinar will define the primary elements of a good QMS as well as give practical guidelines for the decision makers who are involved with choosing a new service provider, or evaluating an existing one for an additional project or to extend their service agreement.

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Defining Quality in an O&M Context

The value of generation assets is the product of several factors, including the resource quality, the tangible value of the physical assets, and the efficiency with which the assets are operated. The outcome of these factors is a cash flow for the owners and stakeholders. Maximizing the value requires minimizing risk related to these factors. The efficiency with which the assets are operated is dependent on both the quality of the team assembled to do the work and the systems and programs in place to govern them.
Defining Quality in an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Context focuses on the structure, processes, programs, and controls used by successful companies within the wind industry. The purpose of these systems is aimed to maximize fleet performance and to minimize risk through the implementation of an effective quality program.

Regardless of the specifics of how a program is implemented, there will be a few program commonalities, including a set of common goals specifically focused around quality with processes in place to support them, committed resources assigned to execute the program, and a capability and desire to capture and use data to drive improvement.

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The Role of the Owner in Quality Assurance and Control

The Role of the Owner in Quality Assurance and Control focuses on how owners and operators can maximize long-term value of a wind project through the execution and management of a quality program. Whether the quality program is administered through a turbine manufacturer, a service provider, or otherwise, it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the quality program is executed successfully.

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White Paper-Quality during Wind Project Construction

Quality assurance is critical to the construction phase of a wind project. Executing quality practices at the beginning of a wind farm’s lifecycle ensure the longevity and reliability of assets, maximizing the return on business investment. “Quality during Wind Project Construction” includes four separate sample documents that together provide a template for quality assurance and control during the construction phase of a wind site including:

• Quality Assurance / Quality Plan
• Form of Job Books
• Inspections and Test Plan
• Quality Control Procedure

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Enclosed Spaces and Confined Spaces in the Wind Industry

The AWEA Enclosed and Confined Spaces Whitepaper is a guidance document created by the AWEA Environmental, Health and Safety Committee to assist Wind Energy employers in developing their confined/enclosed spaces program.

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Hoisting and Rigging Framework

This Hoisting and Rigging Framework document provides companies with a tool for the development and assessment of policies, procedures and management processes to control risks associated with hoisting and rigging activities.  It has been developed to assist organizations in defining and developing an effective risk management program for control of hoisting and rigging and it is not intended to be a mandate for its use.  It is not the intent of this document to address mobile or external crane management associated with construction and O&M activities.

 

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Recommended Practices-Guidelines for Proper body Position

The Guidelines for Proper Body Positioning training materials focus on heavy lifting, manually lifting loads, power zone lifting, reaching, and team lift activities and provides illustrated examples of the best ways to position your body to minimize the risk of injury.

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Health and Safety: Heat-Related Illness Prevention

The AWEA EHS O&M Working Group has created three awareness materials, to help workers best understand the signs of heat-related illness and how to prevent them. A reference card, a training module, and a heat awareness and tracking plan will help you understand all the signs of heat-related illness, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

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Quality Assurance-Lean in an Operational Environment

Lean in an Operational Environment provides key insights on lean implementation at operational wind projects. Wind site managers and operators can use lean concepts to reduce labor, materials, and cycle time during the operations phase – ultimately improving customer satisfaction and business performance in multiple areas such as safety, quality, cost, and on time delivery. Learn about the the history of lean, why it is critical for quality programs, and the most effective lean concepts being deployed today.

 

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ANSI/AWEA 61400-11 Acoustic Noise Measurement Techniques

Format: PDF
Number of pages: 61

AWEA Standard 61400-11 AWEA 61400-11 Acoustic Noise Measurement Techniques is an identical adoption of IEC 61400-11. This standard presents measurement procedures that enable noise emissions of a wind turbine to be characterized. This involves using measurement methods appropriate to noise emission assessment at locations close to the machine, in order to avoid errors due to sound propagation, but far enough away to allow for the finite source size. The procedures described are different in some respects from those that would be adopted for noise assessment in community noise studies. They are intended to facilitate characterization of wind turbine noise with respect to a range of wind speeds and directions. Standardization of measurement procedures will also facilitate comparisons between different wind turbines.

Once you complete your purchase, AWEA will send you an individual watermarked, digital copy for your use.

Disclaimer: This document is proprietary and its use is subject to a legally binding license agreement and disclaimer (the "Agreement") which can be found online at: https://www.awea.org/ANSI-61400-11, as it may be updated from time to time.

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ANSI/AWEA 61400 Part 27-1 Electrical Simulation Models - Wind Turbines

Format: PDF
Number of pages: 100

List Price: $375.00
Member Price: $249.00 (ANSI price $300.00)

This American National Standard (ANS) ANSI/AWEA Standard 61400-27-1 is an identical adoption of IEC 61400-27-1 Electrical Simulation Models - Wind Turbines.  This standard defines standard electrical simulation models for wind turbines and wind power plants. The specified models are time domain positive sequence simulation models, intended to be used in power system and grid stability analyses. The models are applicable for dynamic simulations of short term stability in power systems. IEC 61400-27 includes procedures for validation of the specified electrical simulation models. The validation procedure for IEC 61400-27 is based on tests specified in IEC 61400-21.

Disclaimer: This document is proprietary and its use is subject to a legally binding license agreement and disclaimer (the "Agreement") which can be found online at: https://www.awea.org/ANSI-61400-27, as it may be updated from time to time.