Texas will host one of the largest-ever gatherings of wind energy operations and maintenance (O&M) professionals when Wind Operations Dallas kicks off this April.
The annual two-day event, now in its 12th year, hosts 500+ attendees representing 80+ gigawatts of operational assets, or more than 10% of all the turbine capacity installed worldwide, according to organizer New Energy Update, part of Reuters Events.
Those attending include representatives of some of the biggest names in the sector, including the turbine makers GE Renewable Energy, Goldwind Americas, Suzlon and Vestas, and the wind farm operators Duke Energy, Enel Green Power, MidAmerican, Engie, NextEra Energy Resources and Southern Power.
“The U.S. wind sector is focusing on O&M as a way to cut costs as the production tax credit gets phased out,” said Wind Operations Dallas project director Rhys Watt. “That’s why we are seeing unprecedented interest in this event: people are looking for ways to reduce costs safely.”
Wind Operations Dallas will feature 60 exhibition booths and more than 100 speakers spread across three tracks: strategic asset management, technical O&M and training and workshops. The agenda is designed to help wind farm owners, asset managers and operators understand how to:
- Use digital data and the Internet of Things for predictive maintenance
- Recruit and retain the best possible workforce for wind asset O&M
- Use contracts that maximize value in the service and supply chain
- Plan for operations after the production tax credit is phased out
- Cut downtime and losses from unexpected component failures.
- Improve the lifetime value of turbines and wind farms
As with last year, Wind Operations Dallas will be co-located with PV Operations Dallas to give mixed portfolio owners and operators the chance to review the latest O&M trends and developments, and seamlessly network across both wind and solar.
“For two days in April, nowhere on the planet will have more wind industry O&M expertise than Dallas,” Watt said. “And as the industry looks to how operations will shape up after 2020, it is crucial for professionals to share best practice with their peers at this event.”