North America’s leading wind power companies are joining together within the Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a non-profit focused on providing standardized safety training and emergency procedures across the industry worldwide.
Members of the GWO North America committee represent wind turbine manufacturers and owner operators including:
· Brian Walencik – GE Wind, Onshore (Chair)
· Gary Aucoin – Equinor
· Karl Delooff – Acciona Energia
· Adell Heneghan – E.On Climate & Renewables
· Michael Hanson – GE Renewables – Offshore
· Isabelle Le Beau – Enercon
· Autumn Lewis – The Nordex Group
· Dan Ortega – Vestas
· Geoffrey Schmidt – Siemens Gamesa
· David Yang – Ørsted
A partnership of leading global companies, GWO is responsible for a portfolio of training standards designed for the industry, by the industry.
Training modules include Basic Safety, Basic Technical, Advanced Rescue, Enhanced First Aid and Blade Repair, with new Rigger Signal Person training standard available October 1, 2019. Training records are verified online through the GWO WINDA database, allowing companies to check the certification status of their employees and potential recruits.
Brian Walencik, chairman of the GWO North America committee and EHS Leader for GE Wind Onshore, says, “The wind turbine industry is growing as the demand for renewable energy is accelerating. The challenge we all face is hiring qualified technicians who have recognizable safety training and technical skills so they can more efficiently and effectively help meet demand while reducing total injuries.”
Highlights of the growth of the wind turbine industry include:
Walencik adds, “The role of our committee is to determine the best ways to collaborate on standardized training and procedures to benefit the industry, training providers, our employees and contractors. At the end of the day, the goal is simple: Safety.”