An Innovative Agenda to Help You Boost Your Production and Capture More kWh

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Monday, November 12: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

08:30-08:40 Organizer’s Opening speech

New Energy Update Diana Dropol Project Director New Energy Update

08:40-08:50 Chairman’s Opening speech
08:50-09:20 KEYNOTE: The evolution of wind power - where we are now and where will be in 5 years?
  • How are technology innovations and choices impacting the O&M market?
  • What wind farm optimization tools and best practices are being achieved across the globe?
  • How are superior levels of availability being achieved across the globe?
  • How does project finance influence the approach to maintenance strategies, contracts and budgets?
  • Repowering - what to expect and when?
  • Storage - fad, fiction or reality?
  • Cyber security - what are we facing and how do we protect ourselves?

Apex Clean Energy Ken Young COO Apex Clean Energy

Algonquin Power Ian MacRobbie VP Operations Algonquin Powere

09:20-09:50 CASE STUDY: Self-performance best practice
  • Learn how to improve the transition process from your previous O&M model to your current one
  • Understand the balance points to boost your operational control and see ROI on operational knowledge
  • Assess the training, staffing expenses and the new skillset required to quantify/ monetize your data stream

Bluearth Renewables Mike Jablonicky Director, Wind Operations Bluearth Renewables

09:50-10:30 PANEL: Mitigating operational risk and driving performance through your operational model
  • Understand what criteria is relevant to assess for operational model decision-making
  • Assess the different regional O&M models, their impact on performance and the cost savings they are associated with

Kruger Energy JJ Davis O&M Manager - Ontario & West Coast Kruger Energy

Enbridge Inc. Willem Van der Ven Vice President Power Operations Enbridge Inc.

Cordelio Power Laura Jehn President & General Manager Cordelio Power

11:00-11:30 CASE STUDY: Working with your OEM and improving contractual language with metric tracking
  • Understand what’s needed to transition from contractual availability to energy-based availability
  • Find out steps to centralize terms, find efficiency within O&M and produce power as Operations has higher impact on profitability
  • Learn what can be done to transition from poor data streams and KPIs to monitoring power curve performance, icing, noise, temperature or grid curtailment

One Wind Services Grayson Swan VP Operations One Wind Services

11:30-12:00 CASE STUDY: How to get the right data to boost operational control and unlock data analytics
  • Learn to translate data into actionable information and manage it effectively so that can be linked with fixing performance issues
  • Untangle the monitoring ambiguity by analyzing metrics to do effective performance management
  • Gain access to the right data streams and improve the condition of older assets
  • Utilizing data analytics hand in hand with operational know-how
  • The role of AI and Machine learning in Data Analytics - is it worth it?

Capstone Infrastructure Tom Burge Director of Wind Operations - Eastern Canada Capstone Infrastructure

12:00-12:30 Real time asset control, data collection and reporting for GADS performance reporting
  • Explore methods and algorithms designed to both control, and report wind turbine downtime and underperformance to the North American (GADS) standard
  • Understand the procedures behind normalizing data from all original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to a unified GADS standard
  • Discuss procedures required to audit and shadow edit availability from turbine alarms.

Bazefield Americas Brad Johnson Lead Solutions Architect Bazefield Americas

14:00-14:30 Towards a hybrid domain - model data-driven approach for real-time diagnostics of WTGs subsystems failures
  • Discuss the domain and model-driven hybrid approach its positive financial impact on O&M
  • Learn how early detection of critical failures of big cross-platforms fleets can be a key aspect for you condition-based O&M strategy
  • Better communication across the organization to guarantee that the field teams can make practical use of the real-time diagnosis outputs

NEM Solutions Gorka Parada CEO NEM Solutions

14:30-15:00 PANEL: CMMS - how different companies do it
  • Hear what platforms are utilized and find out how effective they are for applying resources
  • Debate the best ways to store historical asset history, manage schedules, order and warehousing parts
  • Discuss the possibility of a tailor-made cloud-based solution for today’s wind technology employees

Transalta Michael Nar Performance E.I.T Transalta

Tracy Duncan Principle Consultant Renewable Intelligence

15:30-16:00 PANEL: Status and adoption of new technologies
  • Share insights on lessons learnt and how to best tackle biggest challenges and opportunities
  • Discuss what are technologies in the pipeline, what is required to adopt them and what are the guarantees that operators want to see
  • Assess pros and cons of Oil chip detection technology

Clir Energy Gareth Brown CEO Clir Energy

16:00-16:30 Demonstrating O&M CM data analysis value and efficiency with automation tools like Python and RESTFul APIs
  • Leverage data models to move from reactive to proactive maintenance strategies.
  • Interconnect and increase program efficiency with automation tools like Python and RESTFul APIs
  • Completion of the Corrective Action Feedback Loop
  • What KPIs can be used right now to demonstrate End User ROI?
  • Case Study Material

Gram & Juhl Jeff Walkup Vice President of Sales & Operations (North America) Gram & Juhl


Tuesday, November 13: DAY 2 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

08:30-09:00 PRESENTATION: Evolution of the supply chain for wind power in Canada
  • Understand the evolution of parts sourcing in Canada and the effects on how owner-operators carry out O&M
  • Hear the latest on pricing for O&M spare parts and how this will advance with a smarter, more robust supply chain
  • Discuss methods to drive down supply chain costs and ultimately localize it

Capstone Infrastructure John Kirby Director of Wind Operations Capstone Infrastructure

09:00-09:30 PANEL: OEM Innovation
  • Share insights on lessons learnt and how to best tackle biggest challenges and opportunities
  • Discuss what are technologies in the pipeline, what is required to adopt them and what are the guarantees that operators want to see
  • Assess pros and cons of Oil chip detection technology

Capital Power Sandeep Sharma Head of Renewables Capital Power

Vestas Jessica Joyce Director Service Sales Vestas

10:00-10:30 PRESENTATION: What components are becoming bigger issues?
  • Discuss lessons learnt on leading edge erosion
  • Tackle challenges with components on older plants vs newer plants

Enbridge Inc. Willem Van der Ven Vice President Power Operations Enbridge Inc.

10:30-11:00 How to reduce weather downtime costs and quality issues in blade repairs?
  • Discuss the weather as a cost and quality factor in blade repairs
  • Examine the previous experiences, such as cost overruns and quality issues
  • Learn about new innovations to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve repair quality

Bladefence Ville Karkkolainen Director Of Business Development Bladefence

11:00-11:30 Bearing Reliability
  • Session description coming soon

Timken Rick Brooks Manager - Wind & Energy Markets Timken

11:30-12:00 Oil as a component of a gearbox and the importance of filtration
  • This presentation will discuss how wind turbine gearbox oil should be regarded not as merely a consumable, but itself as an integral gearbox component.
  • Oil that is used in a gearbox is a valuable asset and should be designed with this, and its role as a component, in mind.
  • The value and importance of gearbox oil filtration will also be discussed.

Amsoil Brian Burks Senior Application Sales Engineer Wind & Industrial Business Amsoil

13:30-14:00 PANEL: Major component repairs and retrofit strategy
  • Discover unconventional and innovative solutions to do main component change outs more efficiently and proficiently to minimize downtime on your site
  • Examine the scope and magnitude of previously successful component change outs, allowing you to plan resources efficiently
  • Learn how to overcome the logistical and safety challenges when carrying out main component change outs on remote sites

APEX Clean Energy Neil James Director Site Operations APEX Clean Energy

Enercon Canada Dan Barker Managing Director - Service Enercon Canada

14:00-14:30 CLOSING SPEECH

Got a question? Get in touch below!

Diana Dropol

Diana Dropol

Project Director
New Energy Update
(Global) +44 (0) 207 375 7528

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Business Development
New Energy Update
(Global) +44 (0) 207 375 7521

Paul Robinson

Dovile Kantauskaite

Head of Delegate Registrations
New Energy Update
(Global) +44 (0) 207 375 4334

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Silver Sponsors

  • bladefence
  • CGI
  • Gearbox Express
  • Gram & Juhl
  • Moventas

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bazefield
  • Bureau-Veritas
  • NEM Solutions
  • Timken


  • LiftWerx
  • Mersen
  • NEM Solutions
  • TEAM-1-Academy-Inc