COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today announced that Northland Power Inc. (NPI) has selected the EtaPRO™ Performance and Condition Monitoring System for implementation at selected thermal plants, solar farms and wind turbine sites located in Canada. The system will provide critical production, performance and reliability information to facility and corporate asset managers.
NPI selected the EtaPRO System for broader deployment following its success at the Thorold Cogeneration Plant. “The Thorold plant staff quickly took hold of the EtaPRO technologies to streamline many day-to-day tasks, including load forecasting and interacting with the market,” said Greg Lennox, Construction General Manager for NPI. “We were impressed with the breadth of EtaPRO System technologies and GP Strategies’ willingness to be flexible in meeting our needs.”
The EtaPRO System will be installed at each generating site, as well at the Northland Power corporate offices in Toronto. The system will provide real-time monitoring, thermodynamic modeling and anomaly detection, as well as dashboards, reports, screens, alerts and roll-up of facility information. In addition, GP Strategies will automate the collection of data from Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which will allow Northland Power to more efficiently market its power for each facility with less manpower required.
“We are pleased that NPI selected GP Strategies to expand the EtaPRO System. We look forward to working directly with NPI’s management and operations groups,” stated Joe Nasal, Senior Vice President of GP Strategies’ Energy Services Group. “The NPI projects showcase how the EtaPRO System technologies can bring value to both thermal plants and renewables,” added Mr. Nasal.
The EtaPRO System is deployed in 34 countries on over 1,000 generating units. For more information about GP Strategies’ Performance Engineering Services, visit http://powerplant.gpstrategies.com/.
About Northland Power
Northland Power is an independent power producer founded in 1987 and publicly traded since 1997. Northland produces “clean” (natural gas) and “green” (wind, solar and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders and host communities. The company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,319 MW of operating generating capacity, with an additional 90 MW of generating capacity currently in construction, and another 800 MW of wind, solar and run-of-river hydro-projects with awarded power contracts. Northland Power also holds the rights to a majority equity stake in Gemini, a 600 MW offshore wind project located 85 km off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea. Northland’s cash flows are diversified over five geographically separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada, Europe and the United States.
About GP Strategies
GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.
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