GE Celebrates 10 Years of Advancing Wind Energy

June 4, 2012 by  
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ATLANTA, Jun 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
–Company Celebrates a Decade of Industry Leadership at AWEA Windpower 2012

–18,000 GE Wind Turbines Installed Globally

–Technology Innovation to Drive Future Growth a Top Priority

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, a global technology leader and supplier of wind turbines
and related services, is celebrating 10 years of industry leadership in
wind energy. Since GE entered the industry through the acquisition of
Enron Wind in 2002, it has installed 18,000 wind
turbines and grown the business from 500 megawatts to 28 gigawatts
of installed capacity. This year, GE expects its wind turbine
installed base to exceed 20,000 worldwide.

The company’s global operating fleet produces enough clean energy each
year to power the equivalent of New York City. Over the last decade,
nearly one of every two wind turbines installed in the U.S. has been a
GE wind turbine, and the company has introduced its wind technology into
new markets such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Poland and Turkey.

“Our 10th anniversary is a time to acknowledge our
achievements of the past decade and recognize this is only the beginning
of our journey in the alternative energy sector,” said Vic Abate, vice
president of renewable energy for GE and former chairman of the American
Wind Energy Association board of directors. “Our $2 billion in
innovation investments over the past decade have transformed the wind
industry and helped make wind a reliable, competitive, renewable source
of carbon-free energy.”

Abate says GE “is bullish” on wind power. “The cost of wind power has
gone from mid-double digits to mid-single digits, largely due to wind
turbine efficiency, manufacturing productivity and availability
improvements,” he said. “Within the next two years, wind will generate 5
percent of the planet’s electricity and continue to be one of the top
three new power generation sources in the next decade.”

A result of this work is GE’s
1.6-100 wind turbine, developed specifically to meet higher
performance and efficiency needs of today’s wind industry. GE has
secured more than 2,750 megawatts of global commitments for this
technology since it was launched in May 2011. Featuring a 100-meter
rotor, the 1.6-100 captures more energy in low-wind environments.

Another technology milestone, GE’s
advanced technology 2.5-series wind turbines have surpassed 2
gigawatts of installed capacity worldwide. Like other members of GE’s
wind turbine family, both the 2.5 and the 1.6-100 benefit from the vast
experience of the company’s 1.5-megawatt wind turbine, the most widely
deployed wind turbine in the world.

Abate points to Europe, Canada, Brazil, China and India as the top
growth markets for GE’s wind business in the immediate future, and GE is
well positioned in each of those areas. “We are rapidly growing in
Europe, and both Canada and Brazil are very active,” he said.

Over the past 10 years, GE has supported many of the world’s most
important wind projects. These include two of the world’s largest wind
projects, the 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon and CEZ
Romania’s 600-megawattt Fantanele wind farm, Europe’s largest onshore
wind project, both of which will use GE’s 2.5 wind turbine technology.

In addition to equipment supply, GE’s
wind services business continues to grow rapidly. The company more
than doubled its investment in services research and development in both
2010 and 2011 as it develops its world-class portfolio. GE’s service
solutions incorporate the company’s advanced technology, global
resources and service facilities and a network of skilled, highly
trained local technicians who are closely connected to GE’s engineering
organization.

Data from GE’s installed base that is monitored from Schenectady, N.Y.,
and Salzbergen, Germany, provides GE and its customers with valuable
intelligence that helps drive the long-term competitiveness of wind.

About GE

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works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in
energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering,
moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For
more information, visit the company’s website at
www.ge.com .

GE
Energy works connecting people and ideas everywhere to create
advanced technologies for powering a cleaner, more productive
world. With more than 100,000 employees in over 100 countries, our
diverse portfolio of product and service solutions and deep industry
expertise help our customers solve their challenges locally. We serve
the energy sector with technologies in such areas as natural gas, oil,
coal and nuclear energy; wind, solar, biogas and water processing;
energy management; and grid modernization. We also offer integrated
solutions to serve energy- and water-intensive industries such as
mining, metals, marine, petrochemical, food beverage and
unconventional fuels.

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