NaturEner's Glacier Wind farm is a unique entity in the electrical grid. It is the first wind generation facility that has operated as a wind-only balancing authority. This poses a number of challenges in operating the wind farm reliably and economically, as we are faced with the additional complexity of integrating into the electrical system and selling our energy as a merchant plant. The PI System, as well as our partnerships with OSIsoft partners, Versify and Transpara, have enabled us to consolidate data from the various entities which we work with to monitor, report, and optimize our operating assets and their integration into the electrical grid. This presentation will document how we have used the PI System to integrate data from our wind farm, our balancing authority, the electrical grid, weather data and forecasts, and the energy markets to expose real-time information to our 24-hour operations desk. We will also discuss how we are using this data to improve our economic performance and reliable operations.
Devon V. Yates
Devon has worked in the wind industry for 10 years developing scientific and software solutions to derive value from the massive amount of data associated with operating a wind farm. She has a B.S. MechE from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters Degree in Wind Energy from the Technical University of Denmark.
Scott Hooper has 19 years of experience as an IT Professional in a wide range of industries. Currently, he's a Senior IT Manager for NaturEner USA, LLC. Scott has previous experience in the retail, software, health insurance and financial sectors creating, where he implemented and supported enterprise systems.