Siemens and Duke Energy collaborate to offer expanded services to wind energy operators

  • Multi-brand wind service offering will draw upon complementary strengths and experience of both companies
  • Customers with multiple turbine brands to benefit from an array of customized solutions for their entire fleet

CALGARY, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Siemens and Duke Energy Renewable Services today announced an agreement to offer North American wind farm owners operations and maintenance services for multiple brands of wind turbines. Siemens and Duke Energy will combine their complementary service capabilities on Siemens and other OEM equipment.

The agreement offers a one-stop shop for customers who are managing multiple brands of wind turbines in their fleet, helping them stay competitive and derive maximum value from their wind energy assets. 

The cooperation between one of the world's top turbine manufacturers alongside one of North America's leading wind energy owner-operators with vast experience working on non-Siemens turbines, means the market now has a new and powerful choice. Customers may turn to either Siemens or Duke Energy Renewable Services when it comes to serving their multiple-brand O&M needs.

"This services cooperation between Siemens and Duke Energy Renewable Services combines the complementary strengths and experience of two key wind energy companies in the North American market," said Darnell Walker, head of Siemens Power Generation Services, Wind Power and Renewables, Americas region. "This is a powerful duo and by working together we can offer our customers new and expanded service product offerings and capabilities."

"We are pleased to be working with Siemens to offer flexible, effective and reliable O&M services for wind asset owners," said Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables Operations. "In addition to our services business for third parties, we are experienced wind energy owners and operators. This perspective and deep industry knowledge drives our efficient, customer-centric approach to our renewable services business." 

The North American wind energy market, particularly the U.S. market where the industry's maturation is continuing with nearly 50,000 wind turbines installed, is experiencing changing dynamics. Customers are seeking a single point of contact to provide service and maintenance for a wind project's entire fleet and flexibility in service contract scope.

Siemens is adapting to this changing environment through innovative solutions, as well as through increased investment in service R&D, a new modular and flexible portfolio and a robust digital services portfolio.

With expertise in a wide range of technology, including eight turbine manufacturers, Duke Energy Renewable Services maximizes wind asset performance and drives revenue. It also offers remote monitoring and asset optimization through its Renewable Control Center.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Portfolio, is a leader in developing  innovative wind and solar energy generation projects for customers throughout the United States. The company's growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 20 wind projects and more than 50 solar facilities in operation in 14 states, totaling about 2,800 megawatts in electric-generating capacity. Learn more at Duke Energy Renewables.

Duke Energy Renewable Services, part of Duke Energy Renewables, operates and maintains wind, solar and battery projects for customers throughout the United States. The company's growing fleet of owned and third-party wind and solar operations now spans 73 projects in 15 states, totaling more than 4,500 megawatts in electric-generating capacity.

SOURCE Siemens Canada Limited

For further information: Contact for journalists: Siemens Canada, Ann Adair, phone +1 416 567 7831, E-mail: ann.adair@siemens.com; Duke Energy Renewables, Tammie McGee, Tel.:+1 800 559 3853, E-Mail: tammie.mcgee@duke-energy.com

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