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This is a guest post from Peter Lukens, Chair of the AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety O&M Working Group. The working group develops operating guidelines, training modules, and support materials for the safe and healthful operations and maintenance of the wind industry. Peter is the Project Manager, Training, for Siemens Gamesa and has worked in wind for 11 years, holding various roles in manufacturing, quality, operations & maintenance, training, and environmental, health, and safety.

We all know that communication is essential to a strong relationship. This is certainly true when working on a wind farm. Down-tower to up-tower, up-tower to down-tower, back to the shop, and especially in an emergency, knowing the proper way to communicate via radio will ensure a smooth and clear operations.

Over, stand-by, copy, go ahead…these are just a few of the phrases you’ll need to know when communicating via radio. When communicating via two-way radio, it helps when everyone understands and uses similar language and etiquette, especially when there are more than two people using the channel.

When communicating via radio:

  • Identify the recipient of the message and yourself.
  • Be sure to identify your location at the start of the transmission.
  • Use short, clear, and concise messages.
  • Pause before speaking.
  • Release the push to talk button so you don’t block communications.

The EHS O&M Working Group created three PowerPoint training modules that address communication systems and equipment, proper radio discipline and etiquette, and emergency radio communications. These modules provide best practices that you can incorporate into your daily activities, training courses, and emergency response procedures.  Our hope is that it will help ensure you and your team are on the same page when communicating. Make sure to check out the training modules here.

October 31, 2018

One Permanent, Full-Time Position available in either Edmonton or Calgary.

Capital Power Corporation is currently seeking an innovative and results-oriented individual to join our Commercial Management team.

Reporting to the Director, Commercial Services (Renewables), the Commercial Manager, Renewables is accountable for proactively identifying commercial risks and opportunities for existing assets, both for the short-term and the longer term.  In coordination with Operations and other internal functional groups and external parties the Commercial Manager develops and implements risk management strategies and mitigating plans to preserve and enhance and optimize the value of existing assets. This includes accountability for delivering the value add targets for commercial management assigned for each asset. In coordination with Operations, Strategic Planning and Finance — and consistent with corporate objectives and external markets and regulatory conditions — the Commercial Manager provides expert input and drafts assigned sections of a strategic asset management plan for the assigned generation facilities.

The Commercial Manager owns and manages the day-to-day relationship with the applicable counterparties or joint venture partners, works independently (and/or in coordination with Operations/CPM) on short-term and long-term asset optimization opportunities, issues or disputes, ensures compliance with applicable agreements, and is the lead point of contact on applicable asset matters with legal, regulatory, finance, environment and external regulatory agencies and government entities. The Commercial Manager will also be responsible for monitoring market development and their impact on the value of the asset and in coordination with other internal groups, develops and implements strategies to preserve and enhance the market of the assets with a broader portfolio view. This includes developing and presenting information to external parties for any asset divestiture process.

Key Accountabilities Include:

  • Leads and coordinates internal subject matter expert teams for the commercial management and optimization of value for the assigned asset and the generation fleet.
  • Steering interaction with appropriate SMEs – operations, legal, credit, regulatory, finance, environmental, external suppliers, off-takers and regulators on commercial activities that generate revenue, reduce cost, or reduce and/or mitigate risks and/or provide opportunities for enhancing value.
  • Conducts the negotiation of commercial contracts with external third-parties for supply of key facility inputs and sale of products and services – e.g. PPAs, REC contracts, long-term service agreements.
  • Independently coordinates and manages relationships with external stakeholders, working in consultation with internal stakeholders;
  • Identifies and analyzes a variety of opportunities with respect to the current or future commercial management and operation of the asset(s), including monitoring and assessing the external environment for trends, threats or opportunities, including developing action strategies by leading and coordinating activities with internal stakeholders to address, optimize, and mitigate such trends, threats and / or opportunities.
  • Provides commercial support to facility managers on operating and capital investment issues to preserve or enhance the value of the facility; including cost / benefit analysis and alternatives, if applicable.
  • Makes recommendations and leads efforts to resolve and manage issues or disputes with counterparties and JV partners; serves as a primary contact on such issues to resolve disputes.
  • Leading and/or reporting on opportunities, challenges and/or issues at regular stakeholder meetings.
  • Proactively manages and ensures compliance with all related commercial agreements; based on a strong working knowledge of relevant commercial environments, counterparties, and contracts that interface with the facility.
  • Leads and manages to completion ad-hoc special projects or initiatives with respect to specific assets, or common initiatives across all assets, as applicable.
  • Participates in the evaluation of new assets/opportunities identified by Business Development for acquisition or greenfield/brownfield development.


  • Degree in Engineering, Commerce or Economics; Masters or working toward Masters an asset.
  • A professional designation is considered an asset.


  • 7+ years of experience of in an operational, commercial, engineering, business development, or financial and analytical roles; preferably in the deregulated electricity or other related industry.
  • Knowledge/experience with respect to power markets, power generation, power marketing, regulatory, commodities and related agreements, transmission/transport and related agreements and power purchase agreements is preferred.

Technical Skills:

  • Deep understanding and experience in power markets, electricity generating plants, plant operations for each region where the asset is situated.
  • Experience working with complex legal agreements or contracts.
  • Commercial management or negotiating experience.
  • Reasonable levels of financial analysis skills, familiarity with financial statements, budgets, forecasting and development of asset earnings profiles.
  • Proficient in contract review and negotiations.
  • Project management experience and ability to interface with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability for travel in the North American market to plant sites and other offices.

Social Process Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Well-presented with the ability to represent the company with external parties.
  • Ability to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders, on multi-disciplinary issues and opportunities.
  • Team player.
  • Initiative, ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict, ability to exercise influence.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to handle dynamic and heavy workload.
  • Capable of making sound decisions of an independent nature.
  • Provide recommendations to Senior Management to resolve issues in a proactive manner that benefits the interests of Capital Power.

Working Conditions:



October 31, 2018

The Wind Power Plant Technician is responsible for the onsite operations, maintenance, repairs and replacement of equipment at the commissioned Wind Power project (KEMONT).

The Wind Power Plant Technician reports directly to the Operations and Maintenance Manager – QC

No position reports directly to the Wind Power Plant Technician.


  • Operate and maintain the wind plant equipment in an efficient manner to maximize short and long-term power generation.
  • Perform mechanical and electrical component repair or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions following all manufacturers’ requirements, especially for balance-of-plant (BOP).
  • Perform continuous improvement activities and/or troubleshooting to improve operations.
  • Comply with all project environmental health and safety programs to both worker and employer safety.
  • Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals and/or Kruger maintenance schedules to maximize equipment life in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Assist and participate in on-site visits by employees, partners and the public (give tours, accompany visitors, ensure visitors’ safety, etc.)
  • Support operations via on-call rotation.
  • Assist in duties related to landowner properties or similarly-related issues as directed.
  • Additional duties as required.


  • Renewable Energy or Electromechanical diploma or equivalent, preferably with wind industry experience.
  • Ability to climb 100 meter towers on a regular basis to perform work in the nacelle and hub.
  • Ability to frequently lift items weighing 1 to 60 pounds and occasionally lift items up to 100 pounds.
  • Computer skills utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, email, facility control, management and reporting systems. Including the use of computerized diagnostic and troubleshooting tools.
  • Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Possession of writing skills to meet reporting obligations.
  • Willing to work schedule, overtime, on holidays, weekends, call in and on short notice.
  • Ability to work in extremely adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to work with low and medium voltage and around high voltage.
  • Familiarity with maintenance and electronic testing equipment. (i.e. multimeter, hydraulic torquing, alignment and various hand and power tools.)

Every employee must implement Kruger environmental policy in their daily tasks. In particular, employees are responsible to abide by legal and corporate environmental requirements, and must adhere to all environmental procedures. Every employee is responsible to report all environmental incidents and any potential environmental hazards.

Every employee has the duty to take the necessary measures to protect their health and safety, as well as the safety of others in their work environment. Every employee should participate in the identification and elimination of hazards at work.

To apply, please click here

Green growth in Colombia is becoming a major priority for the country as recent reports from the Ministry of Mines and Energy warn of the impact of El Nino on the economy, which has already decreased the country’s GDP by 0.2% in 2015. It is clear that policies need to be put in place for climate change adaptation. The Ministry has highlighted an important tool achieve this objective – non-conventional sources of renewable energy (FNCER).

Integrating FNCER’s into Colombia’s energy mix will simultaneously lower their carbon emissions and strengthen the country’s power generation matrix to buffer against the increased variability brought on by climate change. To do this, a specific mechanism has been put in place for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) long-term contracting in the energy wholesale market. On the 2 January 2019, the first call for auction of long-term PPAs will take place, attracting a great interest from the industry, investors, and bidding specialists in renewable energy.

In this one-day interactive seminar organised by GWEC for the first time in Colombia, we will gather high-level figures from this group of stakeholders together with energy authorities and regulators to address any questions and issues surrounding the bidding procedure for the development of wind projects to participate in this inaugural auction. From policy, to market, to technical content – this seminar will provide you with all the information you need to drive wind industry development in Colombia.

See the draft programme for the seminar here.

The sessions will conducted in Spanish only.

Entry is free of charge for the first edition of this event.

Register for the event here.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Isabelle Prosser.