Emerson Assists Alaska's Largest Wind Farm In Providing Dependable, Affordable Clean Energy
Emerson | August 10, 2021
Emerson recently revealed the conclusion of a digitalisation project at Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) Eva Creek wind farm to boost the reliability of sustainable energy generation. The project will help to improve the management of Alaska's largest wind farm.
Because of the region's harsh weather, rural Alaskan towns are on the front lines of climate change. GVEA, the major electric company serving northern Alaska, and its Eva Creek wind farm provide almost 25MW of reliable, low-cost electricity to customers while reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Emerson's sustainable grid solutions provided quick results, enhancing the reliability of GVEA's wind turbines and leading to a 65 percent decrease in operations and maintenance expenses.
“Emerson is an important partner in our aim of expanding access to sustainable energy for our clients in northern Alaska,” said Frank Perkins, GVEA vice president of power supply. “Our investment in a shared automation platform enables us to more efficiently utilise renewable energy while reducing our carbon footprint.”
Emerson's solutions simplify wind farm management and enable more accurate equipment diagnostics and analytics for prediction and dispatch. Emerson's OvationTM automation platform and OSI monarchTM software are used throughout the solution to professionally assist utilities in achieving a more resilient, responsible, and smarter power grid.
“With improved exposure into Eva Creek operations, GVEA can further ensure the proper functioning of this essential source of renewable energy for northern Alaska,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson's power and water solutions group. “With Emerson's full range of sustainable grid solutions, GVEA is well positioned to optimise operations throughout the entire power system, from generation to metre,” says the company.
According to Omdia, Emerson is the largest producer of distributed control systems for the global power generation business.
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering firm that provides creative solutions to customers in the industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Automation Solutions division assists process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers in increasing output, protecting employees and the environment, and lowering energy and operating costs. Our Commercial and Residential Solutions division contributes to human comfort and health, food quality and safety, energy efficiency, and the development of sustainable infrastructure.