GE combines renewable generation and grid businesses to increase efficiency

GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs.

The company is moving from one in which it sells products to projects, he said.

He highlighted India as a market where GE might sell a wind project that would also need a substation and perhaps a transmission line.

“Our commitment to the customer becomes a commitment that the wind farm will be spinning and that the whole wind farm will be connected to the grid and working that day,” he said.

In addition, according to Pecresse, the combining of the two businesses will allow the company to continue to focus on hybrid solutions, such as wind + storage; wind + solar; or solar + storage.

“Many of our customers are thinking about solar and storage,” he said.

GE said in a press release that the proposed moves are part of a broader effort on the part of GE to position the company to meet the evolving needs of the power market, including the growth of renewable energy and that once complete GE will have the most diverse and broadest renewable portfolios in the industry.

Together the combined renewable energy business will employ more than 40,000 people and be worth $16 billion, said Pecresse.

GE will report financial earnings tomorrow, Jan 31, 2019.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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