Wind development activity remains strong globally. Improved economics and advanced technology support project viability and continued wind investment.
Full and Partial wind repowers enable owners to utilize existing infrastructure, expand megawatt (MW) output, extend the operating life of assets, and maximize return on investment with upgraded wind facilities. Offshore wind is underway in Europe and developing in other regions.
Market conditions continually drive owners toward faster project delivery, improved operating plant quality, enhanced transmission integration, and prudent financial management. With over 40 years of wind project development and implementation experience, Black & Veatch is your partner for any wind installation.
Black & Veatch Wind Solutions
- Policy/regulatory guidance, rates
- Power purchase agreement support
- Feasibility studies
- Reviews — Fatal flaw, environmental desktop, constructability
- Wind resource assessments
- Microwave studies
- Federal Aviation Administration impact analysis
- Siting/permitting, licensing support
- Technology selection
- Technical, environmental, financial due diligence
- Interconnection studies, applications
- Transmission power flow studies, routing, site selection
- Substations/related transmission infrastructure
- Engineering — Conceptual/detailed design and reviews, construction specifications
- Procurement — RFP development, bid evaluations, negotiations support
- Construction — Management/monitoring
- BOP EPC delivery
- Owner’s Engineer
- Remote monitoring/diagnostics (M&D)
- Asset Optimization
- Wind Field Surveys
Foote Creek Repower
Black & Veatch is engaged in a full repower project involving 13 4.3 MW WTGs. The company is providing late stage owner's engineer/development solutions, balance of plant construction support and other services to replace the entire turbine assemblies. Additional activities include technology evaluation, WTG siting, performance estimates, conceptual designs, decommissioning and repower estimates, tower design, foundation analysis, interconnection options evaluation and design, and information for analysis.
Michigan Wind Program
Black & Veatch performed the initial siting study that identified the area around Huron County as the most feasible for wind energy development in DTE Energy's service territory. The company assisted DTE in developing a strategy for wind resource monitoring and land easements and coordinated the installation and operation of multiple meteorological towers. The data from these towers generated monthly updates to the client that provided timely information for analysis.
Emporia Energy Center
Black & Veatch provided Westar Energy with conceptual planning and power supply modeling for its Kansas Wind Generation project. Along with a Black & Veatch designed power generation plant, the project is providing the backup generation reserves that Westar can call on for its wind energy program. With the added transmission upgrades that Black & Veatch helped Westar make, these peaking units help serve as backup to the wind generators, maximizing the value of wind to Westar and its customers.
Cardinal Point Wind Project
Black & Veatch is implementing balance of plant engineering, procurement, and construction services for the 150 MW Cardinal Point Wind Project, including the substation and interconnecting transmission line. Once completed, Cardinal Point will provide sustainable clean energy in the region, and expand the client's footprint in North America.
5 Things to Consider When Planning for Repowered Wind in Your Generation Portfolio
It’s no secret that repowering can offer new life to North America’s aging wind fleet. With an average lifespan of 20-25 years, wind turbines installed in the early 2000s are nearing their end-of-life, making aging assets top of mind for many in the industry.
Making Wind Farms More Productive
Underperforming wind farms are putting some owners at risk, but Black & Veatch is helping to combat this issue by devoting more research and data into the site selection process.