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February 20
Press Release: Crow Lake Wind Farm Utilizes SPS’ ORAPWind™ Product for Required NERC GADS Reporting
Charlotte, North Carolina – February 19, 2019

Basin Electric Power Cooperative has successfully submitted the required NERC GADS input using Strategic Power Systems, Inc. (SPS®), automated ORAPWind reporting services for their Crow Lake Wind Farm for Q3 and Q4 2018. Operating, Event, and Performance data was collected automatically from individual wind turbines and populated in the ORAP® database. Operators were then able to login to the system and review the information and make any necessary updates.

As the NERC GADS reporting deadline approached, SPS automatically converted the reported information into the required GADS data format and provided it to the site contacts via the ORAP Analytics Portal for their review, extract, and submittal to NERC. Once the data was reviewed and approved, the data was submitted in a timely manner to NERC to satisfy Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s mandatory reporting requirement for this Wind Farm.

“As we reviewed the Wind NERC GADS requirement, we realized that this would be a lot of data entries every day in order to comply with the NERC standard. This would require additional employees entering data, and the increased possibility of error. We were looking for an automated system where the data could be collected and reviewed before submittal. SPS works well to collect the necessary data needed to fulfill our NERC reporting.” Kevin Tschosik, Manager of Distributed Generation for Basin Electric Power Cooperative quoted on the project.

ORAPWind is a cloud-based data collection and reporting service that securely delivers performance and RAM metrics, benchmarking, event analysis and other actionable data directly to plant personnel using any major browser; including the option to convert the ORAP data to the required NERC GADS format for wind turbine operators. SPS’ long-term track record of providing industry best practice analysis and RAM metrics (Monitoring and Measuring the Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Performance) for the thermal power market is now available to the wind industry. SPS developed and tested this program as part of a multi-year DOE project to evaluate wind turbine reliability and availability in the US.

“Working with Basin Electric as our first customer to utilize ORAPWind for NERC GADS reporting was a valuable learning opportunity for SPS to optimize this tool for wind farm operators. We have years of experience collecting and transforming ORAP gas & steam turbine data into the required NERC GADS input, but this project gave us the chance to leverage our experience for this new market. Collecting data automatically, transforming that data with little human input, and then exporting the information into the required format allows wind farm operators a meaningful productivity benefit. We thank Basin Electric for being our partner in this.” Tom Christiansen, SVP of SPS noted.

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About Strategic Power Systems, Inc.
SPS’ philosophy is Data First. Data is what we do. We are experts in the field of data collection, validation, analysis, and benchmarking of power plant performance across the various technologies. We provide key performance metrics or (KPIs), following industry standards, to power plant owners, operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other industry stakeholders through the Operational Reliability Analysis Program (ORAP®). This information allows them to make informed business decisions relating to the performance and operational readiness of their equipment. There is no system in the world that collects power plant data in such a comprehensive way as ORAP. Visit us at www.spsinc.com for more information.

The marks appearing in this document including, but not limited to, Strategic Power Systems, SPS, ORAP, Parts-Trac, Field Service, Asset Insight, NERC DRE, RAM, IBCT, MyORAP, and ORAPWind, and their respective logos or emblems are registered or common law trademarks of Strategic Power Systems, Inc.®
January 23
Article: Gas-turbine operating metrics in an uncertain energy market

Sal DellaVilla, CEO of SPS, was recently interviewed by the publishers at the Combined Cycle Journal.  Sal provided his perspective, along with data from Operational Reliability Analysis Program (ORAP), to discuss how he sees the current energy market.  

He is quoted as saying the déjá vu he normally experiences when reflecting on the industry he has served for more than two-score years was replaced this year with a feeling of what the organizational theorist Karl Weick calls vu jádé—the feeling or sense this is something that has never been experienced before.

Take a look at the article on the CCJOnsite Webpage here 

http://www.ccj-online.com/gas-turbine-operating-metrics-in-an-uncertain-energy-market/


July 31
SPS Featured in Turbomachinery International Article Titled "Transforming Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)."

Sal DellaVilla, CEO of SPS, was quoted in the recent Turbomachinery International article titled Transforming Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO). Sal was quoted as saying "We are in a new world of big data and analytics. Owner operators demand efficiency, flexibility, durability, environmental friendliness and reliability from OEMs." He observed that each OEM has a different standard on how to test and validate machines. And the standard is changing in the face of digitization and new modes of plant operation. In the past, perhaps 100,000 hours were needed for a turbine design to be fully validated in the field. Some now promote 8,000 as being enough. He stressed that digitization is nothing new. Data and analytical tools have always been in use. But now the pace is accelerating. We can look at assets in near real time in detail to see what is really going on.

Check out the link below and scroll down to the turbine icon under "Analysis and Optimization" to read about it!

https://www.turbomachinerymag.com/transforming-maintenance-repair-and-overhaul-mro/

April 20
Missed Tom's Presentation During the OSIsoft Webinar? - Register Here to Watch it On Demand

Enabling Your Community to Increase Efficiencies Webinar with OSIsoft

If you weren't able to attend Tom Christiansen's presentation during the OSIsoft Webinar last week, you can watch it On Demand by clicking Here.

Hear how SPS collects data from multiple power generation companies then analyzes this data for industry-wide performance benchmarking and new levels of efficiencies.  Go beyond the enterprise with cloud technology and analytics to provide new operational insights.



April 2
Enabling Your Community to Increase Efficiencies - SPS and OSIsoft Webinar

Join SPS and OSIsoft for a webinar on 12 April 2018 ​to learn more about the ORAP community and how you can leverage the experiences and insights you gain in ORAP to increase effeciencies at your plant!


March 12
Case Study - Tracking High Cost Capital Parts to Enhance Plant Resale Value

​This ORAP Case Study looks at a merchant combined cycle F class power station in the Southeast US that was recently sold. The selling merchant generator kept poor records on the hot gas path parts, so these parts were assumed to be scrapped at the next inspection and added no value in the sale. The purchasing organization recognized the potential to maximize the value of their own capital parts moving forward and sought to install a parts tracking solution soon after the transaction was completed.

The purchasing organization utilized SPS' ORAP Parts-Trac tool to help them do that.

Tracking High Cost Capital Parts to Enhance Plant Resale Value.pdf

January 3
Automating Power Plant Data - ORAP Asset Insight - Experience Update

Welcome to 2018!

We have been working hard with many of you throughout 2017 to streamline your data reporting needs, we are happy to say that we now have 27 sites & 123 units using ORAP Asset Insight!!!

We are collecting data on Heavy Duty Gas Turbines, Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, and Steam Turbines from all of the major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Let us know if you want to learn more about how we can help!  


November 16
The NEW ORAP PDF Reports are Arriving Soon!

ORAP Customers: The new ORAP® PDF quarterly reports should be making their way to your Inbox soon!  Let us know how you like them, email us using our web form by clicking the icon below.

July 12
New SPS Immersion Video - Reporting to ORAP Starts with Your Plant Arrangement and Technology Selection

A new video has just been posted to the SPS Immersion YouTube page!  This video​ is an introduction to the ORAP RAM data entry process, and is focused on explaining how variations in Plant Arrangements and Technologies affect the RAM data required by ORAP.  Make sure you come take a look here https://youtu.be/OrHS3Wl-mMU

Stay Tuned for More to Come!



May 23
Case Study - Using ORAP to Support Wholesale Market Offer

ORAP is more than just a reliability benchmarking system.  We are here to help you with all of your data reporting needs.

The Case Study below describes how SPS worked with one of our long time ORAP participating power plants, to help support them with an offer into a US capacity market. 

Case Study - Using ORAP to Support Wholesale Market Offer RevC.pdf

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