New industry standards will help to lower costs to offshore wind

In another significant step that will help to advance the offshore wind energy industry in the United States, AWEA’s Standards Development Board, with support from the DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), released the final version of recommended practices for U.S. offshore wind facilities titled AWEA Offshore RP2012: Recommended Practices for Design, Deployment, and Operations of Offshore Wind Turbines.

AWEA and NREL began developing these recommended practices in 2009 in an effort that enlisted over 50 expert stakeholders in the offshore wind community.

The Offshore RP2012 employs a hierarchy of existing standards – (1) international, (2) American, (3) classification society, and (4) commercial standards and guidelines – to address five critical areas:

  • Structural reliability,
  • Manufacturing, qualification testing, installation, and construction,
  • Safety of equipment,
  • Operation and inspection, and
  • Decommissioning.     

These new standards will help to reduce uncertainty and project risk, and ultimately, lower costs.

Click hereto download the recommended practices document.