Over the course of a year, TransAlta conducted 20 successful PowerUp implementations across the organization. These began immediately following the facilitation training, and included sites in Alberta, Ontario, and Washington State.
“We realized significant financial returns,” Samaroden reports. For example, a facilitated PowerUp session at the Alberta Thermal Plant led to significant improvement in the time it takes to conduct forced outages, when equipment is taken offline for maintenance. Samaroden says, “They shaved a number of hours, significantly reducing the duration of historically similar outages. Over the year, this equates to $353,000 annual savings to the organization.” In addition, the Centralia, WA plant used a facilitated PowerUp session to address an existing safety issue and rectified a potentially hazardous situation.