EDF will provide support for another DTE wind project

EDF Renewable Services said June 11 that it has signed another contract to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services to a DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) wind power project in Michigan.

The latest deal covers the 75-MW Brookfield Wind Park. The facility is located in Huron County, Mich., and consists of 44 General Electric (NYSE:GE) 1.7-MW turbines, Brookfield joins the Thumb, Echo, and Gratiot Wind Parks, currently under contract with EDF Renewable Services, for a total of 400 MW.

DTE recently announced that it had purchased Brookfield, previously known as Pheasant Run from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE). DTE has been expanding its renewable footprint in order to comply with Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 10% by 2015.

Under the terms of the agreement, EDF Renewable Services will provide selected O&M for the turbines and balance of plant, project oversight, and 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC compliant Operations Control Center.

EDF said its Operations Control Center (OCC) manages wind and solar projects across North America. The $4m newly-constructed facility combines the OCC, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), and Operations & Maintenance auxiliary services into a technical services hub with a “One Touch” integrated front end monitoring system to improve response times and more efficiently track key performance indicators.

“We are confident our extensive experience, which includes over 2,000 GE turbines under contract, and resources will ensure the long-term success of this project,” said EDF Renewable Services Director of Business Development Dalen Copeland.

EDF Renewable Services is an industry leader, providing O&M services to more than 7.4 GW of renewable energy projects across North America.

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