EDF Renewable Services (EDF RS), the leading provider of renewable operations and maintenance services in North America, announced today it has entered into a contract with ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc., to provide 24/7/365 remote monitoring and turbine resets for five of its wind projects located in Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
EDF Renewable Services wins contract with ALLETE Clean Energy (Photo: Business Wire)
The projects include Condon (49.8 MW) in Oregon; Storm Lake I (108 MW) and Storm Lake II (76.5 MW) in Iowa; Lake Benton I (104.25 MW) in Minnesota; and Armenia Mountain (100.5 MW) in Pennsylvania. In addition, EDF RS currently provides full service O&M to Chanarambie (85.5 MW) and Viking (9 MW) in Minnesota for a total of 534 MW comprised of GE, Mitsubishi, and Zond wind turbines.
Under the terms of the agreement, EDF Renewable Services will provide remote services performed by the company’s NERC registered Operations Control Center (OCC). The OCC provides an efficient, reliable, and secure operating platform, while benefiting from the centralization of SCADA functions and consolidation of multiple vendor environments to provide a common operating view. With enhanced service offerings with strategic partnerships, EDF RS brings auxiliary engineering and SCADA solutions to its customers.
Chris Burch, O&M Business Development Manager, commented, “EDF Renewable Services looks forward to utilizing the capabilities of our state-of-the-art Operations Control Center in order to optimize performance and maximize the returns across all seven projects and to extend our business relationship with ALLETE Clean Energy. We are confident that our expertise in this area will contribute to the long-term success of these assets.”
Dave Leveille, Director of Operations, added, “As ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) continues to grow our portfolio of operating wind assets we have been pleased to expand our relationship with EDF Renewable Services. This relationship has provided us with access to extensive real-time operational experience and expertise while allowing ACE to focus on our core strengths in operations and maintenance.”
About EDF Renewable Services:
EDF Renewable Services is the leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North America. With 28 years of experience, EDF Renewable Services understands renewable energy facilities represent a substantial investment. The company takes an owner-operator approach to ensure maximum returns on the asset, full project value, and ongoing profitability for new and existing facilities. As part of a global organization with utility-scale wind and solar plants, the company brings depth of experience to every project. With more than 10.5 gigawatts of wind, solar, and bioenergy under contract, EDF Renewable Services is the trusted leader in O&M. For more information visit:
About ALLETE Clean Energy:
ALLETE, Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth, Minnesota, BNI Coal in Center, North Dakota, U.S. Water Services in St. Michael, Minnesota, and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at