First Wind Picks GE Advanced Software to Enhance Output of Two Wind Farms in Maine

  First Wind Picks GE Advanced Software to Enhance Output of Two Wind Farms in

  *WindCONTROL Technology Maximizes Wind Power While Complying with Grid
  *Part of a Suite of GE Software Offerings to Provide Value, Increased
    Energy Production, Efficiency and Reliability

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- January 8, 2013

GE (NYSE: GE) will install its WindCONTROL advanced software to help maximize
energy output at two First Wind projects in Maine that feature a total of 95
GE wind turbines. The GE technology will regulate curtailment by monitoring
and controlling the wind turbines’ ramp rates, effectively easing power spikes
and putting less strain on the turbine compared to constant starts and stops.
Click here to learn more about WindCONTROL technology.

First Wind is a Boston-based independent wind energy company that owns and
operates turbines throughout the United States.

“The effect of curtailment on wind turbines has been an area of concern for
us. The application of GE’s WindCONTROL technology to our wind turbines in
Maine will help the units maximize energy capture while mitigating the strain
on our units as we regulate power production,” said First Wind’s Vice
President of Operations EJ Martin.

Using GE’s WindCONTROL, turbine owners can earn back power that may have been
lost due to inefficient controls for meeting curtailment. The software
automatically controls the output of each wind turbine in the wind farm,
versus an approach that depends on starting and stopping units to meet a power
demand. The more precise regulation of power not only meets requirements
despite wind variation but also allows the wind turbines to run more
efficiently and reliably without compromising grid stability. By avoiding the
continual stop and start of the turbines for power regulation, GE’s
WindCONTROL eases the stresses on the wind turbines and helps to extend the
life of turbine components.

The two Maine-based wind farms that will be upgraded with GE’s WindCONTROL
technology are located in Rollins and Stetson. The Rollins site has 40 GE
1.5-77 turbines while Stetson contains 55 1.5-77 turbines.

GE previously announced that First Wind selected GE as its service provider
for First Wind’s entire fleet of 264 GE wind turbines at eight sites across
the United States. The eight-year comprehensive service agreement expanded
upon existing contracts with First Wind and was the first contract to cover an
entire fleet of wind turbines signed by GE at that time.

“GE’s comprehensive offering of wind service solutions is a testament to our
commitment to help our renewable energy customers increase power production
and revenues from their installed equipment. We have a long-standing history
with First Wind, and the addition of WindCONTROL software to its existing
service agreement will further benefit the fleet,” said Andy Holt, general
manager of wind services for GE’s renewable energy business.

WindCONTROL is one of many software and controls upgrades provided by GE’s
wind services business, and it is part of GE’s broader Industrial Internet
solution suite. The Industrial Internet represents an open, global ecosystem
of highly intelligent machines that connect, communicate and cooperate with
each other and people, leading to breakthrough levels of efficiency and
productivity. In addition to WindCONTROL, GE wind services provide value to
customers through advanced software products such as WindBoost, Turbine
Performance Optimization, Winter Ice Operation Mode and PulsePOINT.

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