Effective Generation Fleet Management

Todd Williams, partner at ScottMadden, recently joined wind energy thought leaders as a speaker at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2016 conference. Here, he reviewed the concept of a playbook for effective operation of generating assets.

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Effective Generation Fleet Management

    • Lessons from Conventional Generation
    • May 25, 2016


    • Introduction
      Playbook Overview
      Case Study
      Lessons Learned


    • Conventional generation operators have a compelling way to manage their fleets for success
      Playbooks (or management systems) are used to manage the business of running a generation fleet
      Drive intended results
      Standardize operations
      Encourage continuous improvement
      Wind generation is at scale to benefit from the application of a playbook

Playbook Overview

    • Similar to a sports team playbook
      Coherent framework (or roadmap) to define how the business will operate
      Four key components, all fundamental to sound management

Playbook Benefits

    • Drive specific results through planning
      Identify specific outcomes required and plan for them
      Ensure resources and priorities are aligned to common goals
      Increase operational consistency and make it replicable
      Identify and transfer best practices throughout the generation fleet
      Document the proven model
      Train new employees on the standards
      Facilitate knowledge transfer
      Monitor and control results
      Establish continuous assessment
      Document progress and change

Case Study Wind Safety Playbook

  • Started with Operational Controls
    Identified and prepared two key documents
    Safety Program defined high-level accountabilities and requirements
    Safety Process key safety activities, including communications, hazard identification, observations, and corrective action
    Other supporting documents followed
    Conducted training
    Implemented metrics tracking and reporting

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  • AWEA Poster Presentation
  • As a result of the Playbook implementation, contractor safety improved exponentially and corporate safety incidents continued to remain very low.

Case Study Wind Safety Playbook

Playbook Applications for Wind Operators

    • Operations
      Business Development/Forecasting
      Construction and Project Management
      Supporting Areas (Supply Chain, HR, IT, Finance)

Lessons Learned Why Implement a Playbook?

    • Drive standardization across the business
      Establish a framework that links parts of the business:
      Vision and Values
      Planning and Monitoring
      Operational Controls
      Organization and Accountability
      Allow knowledge transfer and retention
      Drive adoption of leading practices
      Track how new programs impact key metrics and results

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