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DOE Study: Markets and Infrastructure Key to Electric Reliability and Resilience (August 2017)

DOE Study: Markets and Infrastructure Key to Electric Reliability and Resilience (August 2017)

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Grid Vision: The Electric Highway to a 21st Century Economy (May 2019)

Grid Vision: The Electric Highway to a 21st Century Economy (May 2019)

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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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Renewable Energy Builds a More Reliable and Resilient Electricity Mix (May 2017)

Renewable Energy Builds a More Reliable and Resilient Electricity Mix (May 2017)

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Wind Brings Jobs and Economic Development to All 50 States(Opens in a new window) (March 2017)

Wind Brings Jobs and Economic Development to All 50 State March 2017)

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Wind Energy Helps Build a More Reliable and Balanced Electricity Portfolio

Wind Energy Helps Build a More Reliable and Balanced Electricity Portfolio

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Wind Energy Saves Consumers Money during the Polar Vortex (January 2015)

Wind Energy Saves Consumers Money during the Polar Vortex  (January 2015)

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The Economic Benefits of Wind Energy in the Southwest Power Pool (November 2014)

The Economic Benefits of Wind Energy in the Southwest Power Pool  (November 2014)

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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.