The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited standards development organization for consensus wind energy standards in the United States.

Industry standards enhance the safety of industry operations, assure quality, help keep costs down, reduce waste, and minimize confusion. They help speed acceptance, bring products to market quicker, and avoid having to reinvent the wheel every time a product is manufactured.

Standards play an important role in everyday life. They may establish size or shape or capacity of a product, process or system. They can specify performance of products or personnel. They also can define terms so that there is no misunderstanding among those using the standard.

Standards Development Committees

As the Secretariat, AWEA administers the ANSI standards process through AWEA consensus bodies (committees) that develop and maintain voluntary national consensus standards for the U.S. wind 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:

  • Standards: 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

AWEA Standards Committees

Wind Technical Standards Committee (WTSC) focusing on design and technical standards. Click here to download the membership application.

Wind Workforce Standards Committee (WWSC) focusing on workforce development standards. Click here to download the membership application.

Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee (WEHSSC) focusing on environmental, health and safety standards. Click here to download the membership application.

Existing industry recommended practices, developed under the AWEA standards process:

Approved AWEA standards are available online at the AWEA Bookstore.

The consensus standards process is open to all persons who are directly and materially affected by the standard being developed, click here to view the AWEA Standards Development Committees Public Page. To participate on an AWEA standards committee, download and complete a membership application form and email the completed form to standards@awea.org.