Standards Development

Standards establish requirements or recommended practices to guide safety, equipment and behavior in the wind energy industry.

Standard development & AWEA

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is an accredited standard development body for consensus wind energy standards in the United States; as well as the adminsitrator for the US TAG IEC TC 88. 

Wind Standards Committee

As secretariat for the AWEA Wind Standards Committee (WSC), AWEA organizes the committees that develop and maintain voluntary national consensus standards for the industry, ensures that the process for revision of standards are timely and in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Essential Requirements procedures, and publishes the final product of the consensus process.

On June 2, 2015, ANSI notified the Secretariat that "the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) reaccreditation of the American Wind Energy Association under its recently revised operating procedures for documenting consensus on AWEA-sponsored American National Standards is APPROVED". Under AWEA’s Standards Development Procedures, three different types of standards may be developed:

  • Standard – documents with mandatory requirements
  • Recommended Practices – documents in which procedures and positions represent good practices
  • Technical Reports – documents in which alternative approaches to good practices are described and suggested but which make no clear-cut recommendations

The consensus standards process is open to all persons who are directly and materially affected by the standard being developed. To participate on an AWEA standards committee, complete and return the AWEA WSC Membershp Application form.

Existing industry standards

There are three existing industry recommeded practices, developed under the AWEA standards process:

Small Wind Turbine Performance & Safety Standard
Recommended Practice for Compliance of Large Land-based Wind Turbine Structures
Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices


The U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation and use of globally-relevant standards for the wind energy industry.  As the United States’ representative to the IEC TC 88 (a subcommittee specific to wind energy), AWEA serves as the admoinistrator to the global standards-setting community for technical and policy positions arising in the U.S. for the IEC TC 88 and brings issues from the global arena to the U.S. for review, consideration, and response.

The scope of the IEC TC 88  Wind Turbines is to prepare international standards for wind turbines that convert wind energy into electrical energy. These standards address design requirements, engineering integrity, measurement techniques and test procedures. Their purpose is to provide a basis for design, quality assurance and certification.

The standards are concerned with all subsystems of wind turbines, such as mechanical and internal electrical systems, support structures and control and protection systems. They are intended to be used together with appropriate IEC/ISO stand


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