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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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The Facts about Wind Energy’s Impacts on Electricity Markets

This whitepaper presents the facts on wind energy’s impact on electricity markets. Many claim that wind energy distorts markets and creates negative prices. However, the reality is that while wind energy does have an impact on markets by displacing more expensive forms of energy, this impact is entirely market-driven, is widely seen as beneficial, and occurs for all low-fuel-cost sources of energy. In addition, the majority of negative prices in the market are not caused by wind, and transmission upgrades across the U.S. are helping to eliminate negative pricing instances.

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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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Arc Flash Analysis Recommendation

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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Hazardous Energy Control (Lockout/Tagout) in the Wind Energy Industry

According to OSHA, approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year across all industries. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation. This document will provide a better understanding of LOTO in the wind energy industry.

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Guidelines for Qualified and Unqualified Electrical Workers

This guidance document provided suggested guidance for the development of personnel for the position of Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW) within the US wind Industry.

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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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Best Practice Guidelines for Offshore Wind Energy

The AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee created this guidance document to assist offshore wind energy employers with the development of the health and safety program for offshore wind energy.