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Shermco Industries Executives Provide Expertise for Upcoming AWEA Project O&M & Safety Conference
By: Shermco Industries
Shermco Industries’ executives will participate in the event, the largest gathering of U.S. operating wind industry stakeholders. Kevin Alewine, director of marketing and formerly the director of renewable energy services for Shermco, will be presenting an update regarding the AWEA Operations and Maintenance Committee at the opening ceremony on Monday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Alewine serves as the co-chair of the committee. He will also chair a panel discussion titled “Optimizing Asset Reliability Data” on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11:10 a.m., focusing on improving reliability and reducing maintenance costs by better utilizing SCADA and condition monitoring data collection and analysis programs.
Jim White, Shermco’s director of training and a NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional will on a panel that discusses the “Best Practices for Electrical Safety” on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9:40 a.m. White is a NETA Level IV certified technician with more than twenty years of experience in the electrical industry. The panel will discuss best practices for managing electrical safety on wind projects and effectively addressing changing technology while following safety and compliance standards. White will provide guidance on defining and certifying a Qualified Electrical Worker.
Paul Idziak, vice-president of Shermco’s Machine Services Division and previously the sales manager for wind industry accounts, will contribute to a panel discussion covering wind plant balance of plant maintenance challenges and solutions. Maintaining high voltage collector systems, multiple transformers and a major utility sub-station presents many opportunities for unexpected failures and some solutions for improving long term reliability, which will be discussed.
“For anyone in the operations and maintenance side of the wind industry, this conference is a must,” said Alewine. “The quality of information as well as the networking opportunities can’t be surpassed.”
For more information, visit http://www.awea.org/
Shermco Industries is the leading independent provider of safe and reliable acceptance testing, commissioning, maintenance, repair and remanufacturing of electrical equipment and power distribution systems. With service centers located throughout North America, certified technicians and engineers focus on servicing both scheduled and unexpected projects for large commercial, industrial and utility customers. Shermco, a leader in electrical safety and technical training, focuses on industrial electrical contracting, utility, wind turbine maintenance and disaster recovery services. Shermco Industries is a member in good standing with the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, American Wind Energy Association, Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League, and the InterNational Electrical Testing Association. For more information about Shermco Industries, visit www.shermco.com.