Clarke Energy Starts Operation in the Midwestern USA

  • Establishing a Sales and Services Agreement for GE’s Growing Gas Engines Presence in Six States in the Midwestern U.S.
  • Clarke Energy to Enhance Local Service Excellence for GE’s Jenbacher Gas Engine Customers
  • Initiative Supports GE and Clarke’s Strategy for Meeting Midwestern Demand for Distributed Power
A photograph of the new members of Clarke Energy's US operations and a Clarke Energy service van

First members of Clarke Energy’s new team in the USA

WAUKESHA, WISC.—August 9, 2016—Seeking to ensure regional customer sales and services excellence for its growing Jenbacher gas engine technology portfolio in the Midwestern United States, GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) today announced it is establishing an agreement with Clarke Energy to serve as GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. This agreement will cover the entire range of Jenbacher products and genuine service parts, including Clarke Energy’s fully comprehensive maintenance contracts as standard, encompassing preventative and corrective maintenance, parts, lube oil and expert field service technicians.

The relationship comes as GE continues to rapidly expand its Jenbacher engine technology offerings in the United States. With hundreds of Jenbacher gas engines installed across the U.S., GE’s systems offer customers needing energy for their operations on or off the grid with reliable, efficient power generated by engines that can run on a wide variety of natural gas fuels, from biogas to coal-bed methane.

“As the Midwest continues to transform parts of its energy portfolio to renewable energy resources, we are pleased to work with Clarke Energy to showcase how our fuel-flexible Jenbacher solutions can be customized for a broad range of industrial and residential on-site power projects,” said Wouter-Jan van der Wurff, general manager, channel for GE’s Distributed Power business. “Energy security and supply resiliency are emerging as key drivers for a number of municipalities and cooperatives that are exploring distributed power as a means to supplement their existing power supply contracts.”

For example, there is a greater potential for commercial and industrial power generation and cogeneration opportunities in Chicago and other large urban areas that offer favorable policies.

The Midwest has been long dependent on coal for the majority of its electricity, and the region now is set to significantly ramp up its renewable energy supplies as well as alternative energy sources such as natural gas in the years ahead. With more than 1,000 highly qualified employees and a worldwide distribution network, Clarke Energy currently services a 5,000-megawatt (MW) installed base across the globe and is well-prepared to meet the Midwestern United States’ increasing need for more complementary solutions for renewables. It can either supply customers with a Jenbacher gas engine or deliver a full turnkey, integrated, multiengine power plant.

“The distributed power needs in the Midwest will continue to change and grow, and we are excited to be part of this great energy transformation in the Midwest. Clarke Energy brings its expertise to the six states in the Midwest for the engineering, installation and maintenance of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines,” said Jamie Clarke, CEO of Clarke Energy. “Our extensive application engineering resources, coupled with comprehensive maintenance agreements given as standard will enable the highest levels of convenience for our customers.”

About Clarke Energy

Clarke Energy is a leader in the engineering design, installation and long-term maintenance of gas engine-based power plants. The company is the authorized distributor and service provider for GE’s Jenbacher gas engines in 18 countries. Clarke Energy employs over 1000 staff and has over 5,000 MW of Jenbacher generation equipment installed in its operational areas.

Follow Clarke Energy on Twitter @ClarkeEnergy and on LinkedIn or Facebook.

About GE’s Distributed Power business

GE’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW each of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 36,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics—anywhere and anytime. Backed by our authorized service providers in more than 170 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with you locally for rapid response to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

For more information, visit the company’s website at Follow GE Power on Twitter @GE_Power and on LinkedIn at GE Power.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.


For more information, contact:

Alex Marshall
Group Marketing & Compliance Manager (UK, main Clarke Energy contact)
+44 7917 066 242
[email protected]

Jon Going
Sales Manager
Clarke Energy (USA)
+1 262 444 7720
[email protected]

Susanne Reichelt
Media Relations Leader
GE’s Distributed Power
+43 664 80833 2382
[email protected]

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