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How would you answer the question, “How can the wind industry achieve O&M excellence?”

AWEA and sponsor Uptake asked that question of industry leaders at the AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference in February. During a Leadership Forum on operational excellence held the day before the conference, participants were split into two groups – one of managers and directors, and one of executives. Attendees then completed a series of exercises to outline the industry’s biggest barriers to O&M excellence and brainstormed how we might overcome them.

The challenge and opportunity that came up most in both groups was data– whether it was making that data actionable, having a single objective source of truth, or ensuring transparency.

The combined result? See for yourself!

Data dominated

Data was the most-discussed topic in both groups, which followed an emerging trend from this year’s OMS conference overall. No surprise, given that global consulting firm McKinsey & Company found that 99 percent of data in some industrial sectors is unused.

Both groups identified O&M “nirvana” as a single source of truth for all operations information. An ideal solution would minimize silos between management, operations, service providers and equipment manufacturers. What that looks like took several directions:

  1. Increasing transparency by using aligning OEM and operator goals through shared tools and open OEM technical information.
  2. Optimizing data access through reliable real-time data, as well as standard measures of asset performance tracking and efficiency.
  3. Prioritizing information and data through decreased noise. This would be achieved through less and better-connected systems, as well as data systems that are actionable.
  4. Optimizing field services through data-driven maintenance that is less manual, facilitates the capture of “tribal knowledge,” and switches operations from reactive to proactive.

Learn more: The executive view vs. the director/manager view

Wondering which group was more focused on safety? Information transparency? It’s not what you’d expect.

Join AWEA for a webinar on March 28 at noon ET to learn what differed between the two operational excellence sessions at AWEA OMS, and how they prioritized the challenges and opportunities. REGISTER HERE.

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WINDPOWER 2018 is the place where the industry comes together to plan for future challenges, to get business done and ultimately to keep this American success story growing. There is no better time to head to the windy city, a hub for businesses with a strong commitment to renewable energy.

What’s new in 2018?

  • Ted-style Talks: Hear from policy leaders, industry experts and visionaries with thought provoking content in our General Sessions.
  • Thursday Town Hall Event: Attendees will gather on the show floor to hear from industry leaders, but more importantly, to hear from you!  Come with your questions, your insights, your perspective.
  • New e-Poster Gallery: A modern take on poster presentations allowing for more self-directed and collaborative learning opportunities.
  • Over 100 New Exhibiting Companies: Meet new players who weren’t in the hall last year. Take a look at cutting-edge developments in the industry and the opportunities they create.

Each year, WINDPOWER hosts a variety of networking events to help attendees foster positive business relationships in engaging environments. The 2018 event will have even more networking opportunities, including additional meet-ups in the evening, morning runs, and a unique “choose your own ending,” where attendees can participate in one of three iconic Chicago activities after the exhibit hall closes. There will also be a new area on the show floor where attendees can collaborate on areas of interest to increase learning opportunities.

We are also excited to bring back the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition and the National KidWind Challenge. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to engage with these future wind industry professionals throughout the event.

The wind industry has momentum in the push to expand our lead as the largest renewable energy source in the U.S. WINDPOWER is the place to turn that momentum into action– make the connections, get the training, and learn about the innovative technologies that will power this industry forward.

We hope to see you in Chicago, May 7 – 10!

Register today and book your hotel before the April 10th deadline.