GE recently celebrated its 20,000th wind turbine installation with its 10-year anniversary in the wind industry. Altogether, GE’s 20,000-turbine fleet has the capacity to power the cities of Hong Kong and London for an entire year. “We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without our development partners,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE. “Together, we have advanced wind to its current status as a relevant, reliable, competitive source of energy.”
In the U.S. and Europe, 40% of new power generation installations over the last four years have been wind. GE achieved its 10,000th turbine milestone in November 2008, and its 15,000th in February 2011.
“We congratulate GE on this impressive achievement,” said Jim Shield, Invenergy’s executive vice president and chief development officer. “Our longstanding association has resulted in the installation of more than 2,000 GE wind turbines at Invenergy projects across the United States. As America’s largest independent wind power generation company, we look forward to a continued, successful relationship with GE in the years to come.”
“Congratulations to GE on reaching this milestone. From our vantage point, it appears to be the culmination of working with customers, driving down prices, continuously advancing technology and then backing it all up with responsive service,” said David Boyce, chief executive officer of Wind Capital Group. “I would expect that winning combination to serve them well into the future.”
“EDF Renewable Energy has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with GE for nearly a decade. During this time we have put into service more than 1,500 wind turbine generators representing over 2 GW of capacity,” said Tristan Grimbert, president and chief executive officer of EDF Renewable Energy. “Our partnership is built on a shared goal of delivering exceptional wind projects. We congratulate GE on reaching this milestone.” During the past decade, technology has driven wind’s availability from 85% to 98.5% and a reduction in the cost of electricity to 1/3 of what it was in 2002.
This year, GE will install more than 3,000 wind turbines around the world. The company’s extensive manufacturing, sourcing, and logistics have proven essential to delivering to tight timelines and schedules. Projects range from single turbine installations on farms in the Midwest to multi-megawatt projects on the West Coast, each requiring special attention for successful delivery.
“As a company that will have more than 840 GE turbines as the backbone of our fleet by the end of 2012, we’re proud to be a part of this significant milestone in wind development,” said Steve Trenholm, CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America. “Partnering with GE lets us provide clean, affordable homegrown energy among our 18 wind farms from New York to West Texas.”
“Based on nearly a decade of experience, we know we can count on GE wind turbines for safe, reliable, environmentally-friendly power generation. Today, we are adding 218 MW of GE turbines to our fleet at projects in rural Massachusetts and California’s Tehachapi region,” said Kevin Devlin, vice president of Commercial Operations for Iberdrola Renewables.
“We have 300 MW of the company’s turbines deployed at three projects, including our newest wind farm dedicated recently in Nebraska,” said Oded J. Rhone, vice president Wind Development at Edison Mission Energy.
With its 20,000 wind turbines operating worldwide, data analytics are critical to optimizing wind power and maximizing investment in the technology. GE’s PulsePOINT monitoring and diagnostic software is analogous to predictive health for a human being, according to the company. It works to identify problems on the turbine before causing downtime or major failures.
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