An Otter Tail Power Case Study
Otter Tail Power is an investor-owned electric utility company that provides electricity and energy services for approximately 133,300 residential, commercial, and industrial customers across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The Challenge: Otter Tail Power turned to Thread for automated software and comprehensive training to conduct its annual blade inspections in-house.
The Payoff: The installation and training of the Thread software delivered these results:
Committed to a cleaner future, Otter Tail Power is transitioning to new technologies and energy sources that will help deliver reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible power to customers for decades to come. In fact, Otter Tail Power recently completed one of the company’s most significant capital investments and milestones toward a cleaner energy future in the Merricourt Wind Energy Center, harnessing some of the nation’s best wind resources to generate power.
In addition, Otter Tail Power owns and operates 206 wind turbines at several locations across eastern and central North Dakota. While wind turbines are great for the future of power, the infrastructure (also called wind turbine assets) is time-consuming and costly for Otter Tail Power to maintain in-house without the proper equipment, training, and technology.
Otter Tail Power identified Thread as a solution in their search for a more efficient and cost-effective management program for their wind turbines, as opposed to hiring an external contractor. The team at Otter Tail Power partnered with Thread for expert guidance on purchasing and managing its own commercial-grade drone – this would allow Otter Tail Power to directly oversee their program.
Additionally, Thread provided Otter Tail Power with its automated asset inspection software and comprehensive training to conduct its blade maintenance program in house. Thread’s platform delivers timely and accurate asset data to customers like Otter Tail Power, helping to identify when and where inspections are required while eliminating the need for external service provider scheduling and costs. Thread’s software allows customers to compare critical inspection data, analyze trends, and assess overall asset health and performance. This collection of attributes is saving customers like Otter Tail Power thousands of hours in asset data organization and analysis.
As a result, Otter Tail Power is able to self-perform two blade inspections on each wind turbine generator (WTG) every year with the support of Thread. The installation and training of the Thread software allowed Otter Tail Power to achieve its goals and deliver these results: