The decision of FRI-EL Green Power S.p.A. to provide its wind power plants with Vestas PowerForecast shows customers’ needs to reduce risks, increase forecast of their wind parks’ production and comply with current legal requirements.
Last November, the Italian Authority for Electricity and Gas approved a new regulation covering compensation fees for imbalance charges. The new rules entail penalties if wind power producers fail to provide correct power forecast data.
Vestas’ knowledge and ability to plan, build and service complete wind power plants for its customers and to consistently answer to their demand for individual solutions for increased business case certainty, reduced cost and maximised revenue has resulted in VestasOnline Power Forecast, the advanced solution that makes site-specific forecasts at single turbine and at park level.
“We are proud to have presented this new solution to our customers in Italy and that it has been already chosen by some of our partners here,” comments Rainer Karan, General Manager, Vestas Italia. He continues, “We believe in this tool as it represents a valid support for the sector’s operators for them to comply with legal forecast requirements by producing site-specific power forecasts.”
Power forecasting is becoming an ever more important tool to enhance business case certainty. The latest service renewal contracts signed in Italy with FRI-El Green Power S.p.A. for the service and maintenance of 192 MW of installed capacity in Italy confirm growing customer needs for this capability.
Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 47,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by approximately 55 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence. Today, Vestas has installed turbines in more than 70 countries, providing jobs for around 18,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 65 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 53 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.
Vestas has been operating in the Italian market since 1998 through the company Vestas Italia which is the sales unit in Vestas Mediterranean handing all sales operations and maintenance activities in Italy. The Italian sales unit is also responsible for the business development activities in the markets of Switzerland, the Balkans, Libya, Egypt and Jordan.
Vestas Italia’s headquarters and main sales office are located in Rome. The company also has an operations office in Taranto, a customer service centre in San Giorgio, as well as service and logistics facilities spread all over the country and on the main islands. In addition, Vestas currently has two production facilities for blades and nacelles in Taranto.