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Lean Management: GE’s Wind Turbine Plant In Pensacola, Florida Is Using Continuous Improvement To Serve Customers Better

by FloridaWest News




Workers at GE Renewable Energy’s plant in Pensacola, Florida, have a reason to feel good about their work. They make some of the most popular onshore wind turbines on the planet. The GE unit’s 2-megawatt (MW) onshore wind turbines reached a mind-blowing milestone in 2020 — a combined 20 gigawatts of installed capacity in 23 U.S. states and 10 countries. That’s enough to power the equivalent of 12.9 million homes around the world.

Just in January, the Pattern Energy Group brought online electricity from Western Spirit Wind, a constellation of four wind farms using 377 of the 2-megawatt turbines, which together are capable of producing a total of 1,050 megawatts (MW) of renewable power, enough to meet the electricity needs of more than 590,000 U.S. homes. It took the company a little more than a year to complete the huge installation. “This project literally changed the map of our state’s energy landscape,” said U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

Clearly, the turbine is a hit, but the numbers don’t mean that GE workers in Pensacola couldn’t find ways to improve productivity.

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