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General Electric launches renewables service business

General Electric has launched a new renewable energy services business, becoming the latest wind turbine supplier to delineate plans in the fast-growing wind operations and maintenance sector.

While GE already offers O&M services in the wind market, the goal of the new standalone unit is to “expand service agreements and explore new OEM services”, Paris-based GE Renewable Energy says. The unit will cover the onshore and offshore wind and hydropower sectors.

A spokesman confirmed to Recharge that the new unit will service turbine models made by other OEMs, in addition to those from GE and Alstom.

GE Renewable Energy Services will be led by Anne McEntee, who has helmed GE’s onshore wind business since 2013, and helped oversee the integration of GE and Alstom’s wind divisions.

Pete McCabe, a GE veteran who was most recently vice president of the company’s Global Services Organization, has taken over McEntee’s role as head of GE’s onshore wind business. Both appointments went into effect on 1 February.

Many of the world’s leading wind manufacturers and operators have been ramping their ambitions for O&M in recent years, as the world's fleet of operating wind turbines expands and ages.

Vestas has moved to bolster its leading position in the global wind O&M market through acquisitions of UpWind Solutions in the US and Availon in Europe. Siemens and Duke recently joined forces in the US wind O&M market, where several other large European renewables operators – including EDF and E.ON – are already active.

“The creation of a services offering is critical for our business to be even smarter, more efficient and faster,” says GE Renewable Energy chief executive Jérôme Pécresse.

“I am confident that under Anne’s leadership our dedicated service business will continue to grow and I know that Pete, with his strategic problem- solving and willingness to embrace disruptive technology, is well suited to keep our onshore wind business on this positive track.”

GE’s onshore wind business chalked up record orders in 2016, although lost its long-held number-one spot in the domestic US market to rival Vestas.

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