Wind energy professionals across Europe now have a local source for the exchange of ideas, success stories and information about geospatial technology for onshore and offshore wind farms: the Esri European Wind User Group (EWUG).
The group's mission is to discuss the best ways to meet daily challenges and learn how proven applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology from Esri and its partners can support wind farm business processes.
‘GIS technology allows us to develop, plan and maintain wind farms,’ explains Anders Ropke, president of the EWUG and GIS and environmental engineer for DONG Energy. ‘Spatial overview and analysis adds direct value to the DONG Energy wind power organization. Applied GIS services and analysis contribute positively to the business case for offshore wind power production.’
"The formation of our wind user group gives us a great forum to share best practices with peers committed to GIS excellence," adds John Shaw, vice president of the EWUG and chief information officer for Mainstream Renewable Power.
The first EWUG meeting was held in May in Gentofte, Denmark. The event was hosted by DONG Energy, along with Informi GIS, Esri's distributor in Denmark. Wind energy professionals, including operators and developers, are welcome to join the group via LinkedIn.