Emerson helps Alaska’s largest wind farm provide affordable clean energy

Aug. 9, 2021
The project improves the management of Alaska’s largest wind farm, which provides electricity to customers while reducing fossil-fuel usage.

Emerson announced the completion of a digital-transformation project to increase the reliability of clean energy generation at Golden Valley Electric Association’s (GVEA) Eva Creek wind farm. The project improves the management of Alaska’s largest wind farm, which provides nearly 25MW of reliable, low-cost electricity to customers, while reducing fossil-fuel usage.

Emerson’s sustainable-grid solutions have delivered fast results, increasing the reliability of GVEA’s wind turbines and contributing to a 65% reduction in operations and maintenance costs, they note.

“Emerson is a key collaborator in our goal to increase access to clean energy for our customers in northern Alaska,” said Frank Perkins, GVEA vice president of power supply. “Our investment in a common automation platform helps us efficiently incorporate more renewable energy and minimize our carbon footprint.”

Emerson’s solutions simplify management of the Eva Creek wind farm and provide more accurate equipment diagnostics and analytics for forecasting and dispatch, the partners claim. The end-to-end solution incorporates Emerson’s Ovation automation platform and OSI monarch software to help utilities achieve a more resilient, responsible and smarter power grid.

“Increased visibility into Eva Creek operations enables GVEA to further safeguard the reliable operation of this critical source of renewable energy for northern Alaska,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water solutions business. “With Emerson’s comprehensive portfolio of sustainable-grid solutions, GVEA is well positioned to optimize operations across its entire power system, from generation to meter.”