GE, E.ON sign deal for U.S. wind turbines

Schenectady, N.Y., November 12, 2009 – GE and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America have signed a seven-year operation and maintenance agreement covering E.ON’s fleet of 529 GE wind turbines installed in the U.S.

The deal is one of the largest wind services agreements ever signed by GE, and is meant to maximize turbine availability and energy production across E.ON’s U.S. installed base of GE wind turbines.

In addition, the agreement reflects GE and E.ON’s shared goal of maintaining peak performance and reliability and building the world’s best running fleet.

Under the milestone agreement, GE will provide 24/7 remote monitoring and diagnostics from GE’s Schenectady, N.Y.-based Renewable Operations Center; flow and capital parts support; as well as complete site services for all GE 1.5-MW wind turbines installed at five project sites: the Pyron phase of Roscoe, Panther Creek I & II and Panther Creek III in Texas, Munnsville in New York and Stony Creek in Pennsylvania. The contract includes an availability guarantee, ensuring turbine performance.

Working closely with E.ON’s team in the U.S. and Germany, GE developed a services agreement that addresses E.ON’s need for predictable and competitive service costs, while maintaining operational excellence at the multiple sites.

A single point of availability across E.ON’s fleet of 529 GE wind turbines can equate to more than 25,000 MW-hours of additional energy produced annually.

GE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine has more than 12,000 units now installed. According to the American Wind Energy Association, GE 1.5-MW wind turbines accounted for 43 percent of all new wind power capacity in the U.S. in 2008.

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