During 2013, the CREW team performed an internal reassessment of their effort to identify the benchmark’s value, any data gaps, and opportunities to be better aligned with the wind industry and found that wind-plant owners and operators have been developing in-house reliability-data collection tools with similar goals to the CREW project and that the original CREW strategy has been overtaken by a fast-growing wind industry. However, a national reliability benchmark remains highly desirable for the wind industry to assist them in their objectives of maximizing power performance yield; decreasing financial risk and uncertainty; and understanding reliability trends across turbine models (and components), geographical locations, and age.
The central strategic goals for the CREW project remain the same—to capture a significant portion of the installed US wind-turbine fleet in order to decrease uncertainty and wind-energy cost through performance and reliability analysis of a national database.
The project formed the CREW Steering Committee to ensure that it aligns with the owner/operator needs and expectations from a reliability perspective. The CREW Steering Committee met to begin the dialogue to determine a consistent standardized process for providing aggregated wind plant data from a variety of owner/operators and to discuss preliminary requirements for data sharing (NDA or similar). The meeting included presentations from the Steering Committee members on their current reliability perspectives and practices, as well as their expectations for the CREW project. The group ended the meeting with an agreement to share sample reliability data sheets and legal agreements to continue to develop a standardized process for data collection and aggregation.