Invenergy exec discusses why you should attend AWEA’s Wind Energy Finance & Investment Seminar

The AWEA Wind Energy Finance & Investment Seminar is right around the corner and Jim Murphy of Invenergy LLC is the program chair. The seminar, held next week in New York, will focus on banking and financial issues as they pertain to investing in wind-energy projects. In this podcast, Jim will discuss a few seminar

Wind Talk: A look inside AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2014

Welcome to another edition of WindTalk, our podcast series that gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry’s news-makers in their own words. Today I’m joined by Paul Gallagher, COO of Fishermen’s Energy. Paul is a chairman for the upcoming AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER event in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is here to give

How benchmarking your company benefits clients

Not long ago, the wind-turbine service company UpWind Solutions asked the consulting firm DNV GL to benchmark it on nine key areas. The areas include O&M general service, availability, parts procurement & inventory, safety & quality, turbine experience, supplemental offerings, engineering & technical, organizational, and financial service. You many ask: Why these? So did we.

Romax Technology’s Dr. John Coultate talks scaling wind, Romax consultancy, and end of warranty inspection

In this episode of Wind Talk we speak with Dr. John Coultate, head of monitoring and O&M consultancy at Romax Technology. Romax offers turn-key solutions for drivetrain design; engineering and strategic consultancy; solutions for drivetrain health management and drivetrain simulation software. John talks about the challenges of scaling wind energy. He also discusses some of the lessons that

After hitting a major milestone, Siemens sets sights on growing investments

Siemens Energy recently announced it reached 10 GW of installed wind capacity in the Americas. This achievement highlights the company’s continued success and its commitment to the wind-energy industry. Kirk Edelman, CEO of Siemens Financial Services’ Project and Structured Finance – Energy business, joins us to discuss hitting this major milestone, investment trends, and the

Finding an ROI when up-rating or de-rating a wind turbine

O&M crews work hard making sure wind turbines hit the 20-year mark as profitable machines. As they close in on that birthday, it may be necessary to curb their power outputs, although some cases allow boosting it a bit. But how do the changes affect reliability and what its return on investment? Stephen Steen at

The changing face of O&M: A podcast with GE’s General Manager of Wind Services Andy Holt

The work of wind technicians is changing as wind turbines change. Most techs are finding that newer turbines call for less torquing and fewer oil changes but more control tuning. In this podcast, GE’s General Manager of Wind Services discusses trends in operations and maintenance practices, the skills the company looks for in wind technicians,

Offshore wind is the way to go: an interview with PMSS’ Taylor Roark

Investment in offshore wind is picking up in the U.S., but it still has a long way to go. In this episode of Wind Talk we spoke with Taylor Roark, senior consultant – project assurance with PMSS, about the incipient U.S. offshore wind industry and the challenges that still lie ahead. Roark also discusses the

A conversation with AWEA’s Peter Kelley on recent EPA proposed rules and Clean Air Benefits, an AWEA white paper

You might think the U.S. wind industry could not be busier.  Even without the PTC, construction is booming, for this year at least. The recently proposed EPA rules may provide some of the stimulus previously delivered by the tax credit. Although that remains to be seen, what is visible it that the air is getting

A better way to change wind turbine gearbox oil

There was a time when changing the oil in a wind turbine gearbox called for assembling, believe it or not, a bucket brigade. The back-breaking work could take more than a day. Don’t ask if any was spilled. But thanks to an inquisitive inventor, the job is now completed more cleanly in less than half