AWEA Standards Development Groups

Participation on committees and subcommittees is open to all materially affected stakeholders. Email standards@awea.org if you would like to participate.

AWEA-1 Subcommittee (WTSC)
This subcommittee will review IEC 61400-1 and adopt as an AWEA US national standard, with a US specific Annex if needed.

AWEA-24 Subcommittee
This subcommittee will review IEC 61400-24 and adopt as an AWEA US national standard, with a US specific Annex if needed. The group will consider incorporation of applicable UL and NFPA standards into the US adoption of 61400-24 and review the comments from NFPA and ensure that this new standard does not duplicate or conflict with any information in NFPA 780.
 
Electrical Task Force
The task force will evaluate potential paths forward for electrical standards in the US given the known conflicts between various domestic and international standards.

Floating Offshore Working Group (WTSC)
An Offshore Wind Subcommittee Working Group. The working group shall write Recommended Practices (RP) for Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) systems in U.S. waters in compliance with the ANSI/AWEA Standards Development Procedures. The scope of the RP shall address the unique aspects of unmanned floating offshore wind turbine technologies in U.S. state and federal waters throughout the life of the installation including design, fabrication, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning. A wind turbine shall be considered as a FOWT if the floating sub-structure is subject to hydrodynamic loading and supported by buoyancy and a stationkeeping system. A FOWT encompasses five principal subsystems: the Rotor Nacelle Assembly, (RNA), the tower, the floating sub-structure, the stationkeeping system and the onboard machinery, equipment and systems that are not part of the RNA.
 
Geotech and Geophysical Offshore Working Group (WTSC)
An Offshore Wind Subcommittee Working Group. The working group shall write Recommended Practices (RP) in compliance with the ANSI/AWEA Standards Development Procedures. The RP developed under this scope shall apply to the following:
    • Offshore wind facilities that may potentially be installed in U.S. state and federal waters in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska, including inland bodies of water such as the Great Lakes
    • Fresh and saltwater at any water depth
    • All wind turbine generating (WTG) substructures and foundations in contact with the sea floor
    • All offshore substations, meteorological towers and other offshore wind components in contact with the sea floor
    • Fixed bottom and floating structure associated with offshore wind components
    • All phases of project life: planning, designing, constructing, operating, decommissioning and re-powering
 
Metocean Offshore Working Group (WTSC)
An Offshore Wind Subcommittee Working Group. The working group shall write Recommended Practices (RP) in compliance with the ANSI/AWEA Standards Development Procedures. The RP shall provide guidance for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information related to metocean conditions to support planning, designing, constructing, operating, and decommissioning offshore wind energy projects. The RP shall apply to all bottom-fixed and floating structures that may potentially be installed in U.S. state and federal waters in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska, including inland bodies of water such as the Great Lakes. It shall apply to both salt and fresh water conditions and shall apply to any water depth. It shall cover metocean conditions relevant for all offshore facilities associated with offshore wind energy systems including turbines, support structures, offshore substations, cables, met towers, and buoys.
 
OCRP 2012 Maintenance Offshore Working Group (WTSC)
An Offshore Wind Subcommittee Working Group. The scope of the working group shall cover all offshore wind energy systems that extract kinetic energy from wind, transmits the electricity to shore-based grids, and/or store that energy using facilities or devices located offshore or on land. The scope includes all wind energy systems that may potentially be installed in state and federal waters in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska, including inland bodies of water such as the Great Lakes. The scope shall include any wind energy system installed in salt or fresh water with a rotor swept area greater than 200 m2. The scope shall include the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, operation and service, decommissioning, and re-powering within the project development cycle of the facility.
 
Offshore Safety Subcommittee (WEHSSC)
This group will identify and publish a standard of the adopted occupational health and safety practices and standards to be applied for offshore wind farms

Offshore Safety Training Subcommittee (WEHSSC)
This group will focus on developing a standard to provide the offshore wind industry with an identified list of minimum and recommended safety training and medical requirements for persons performing work activities on offshore structures and vessels within the United States Outer Continental Shelf.

Offshore Wind Subcommittee (WTSC)
The Offshore Wind Subcommittee is part of AWEA’s Wind Standards Committee focusing on offshore wind turbine design standards.
 
Repower Subcommittee (WEHSSC)
Wind EHS Standard Committee's subordinate group to address repowering from an EHS perspective.
 
Rescue & Self-Evacuation Subcommittee (WEHSSC)
This Wind EHS Standard Committee's Subcommittee will explore the development of a rescue and self-evacuation program for the wind industry.
 
Service Lift Task Force (WEHSSC)
To evaluate ANSI/ASME A17.8 (Standard for Wind Turbine Tower Elevators) and recommend appropriate next steps.
 
Structures Subcommittee (WTSC)
Develop structures-related design standards, recommended practices, and technical reports as needed for the wind energy industry. Incorporate national and international consensus standards, as needed.
 
Submarine Cables Offshore Working Group (WTSC)
An Offshore Wind Subcommittee Working Group. The working group shall write Recommended Practices (RP) in compliance with the ANSI/AWEA Standards Development Procedures, for the use of developers, designers, and regulators covering all offshore wind submarine cable systems (i.e. submarine cables, appurtenances and interface devices) that may potentially be installed in U.S. state and federal waters in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska, including inland bodies of water such as the Great Lakes. The RP content shall span the submarine cable life cycle from design, material selection, specification, manufacturing, transportation, storage, handling, installation and commissioning, to operations, maintenance, integrity verification and decommissioning of submarine cable systems. The submarine array cable system scope shall cover the cable between the terminations of the offshore wind facility structures, typically from the wind turbine to the substation, or between the turbine and a shore based interconnect (if a substation does not exist). For export cables, the scope of the RP covers the cable between the termination on the offshore wind facility structure and where the submarine cable either terminates or transitions to a land cable design in a transition joint (splice).
 
TR-1 Subcommittee (WTSC)
Wind Plant Power Performance
 
Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee (WEHSSC) prepares consensus standards documents to facilitate EHS process and procedures. The AWEA WEHSSC is a leader in the development and industry acceptance of US Wind Energy consensus standards related to EHS to develop new standards for specific US wind industry, adopt relevant international or national standards, as needed, and represent industry needs with other standards organizations that affect wind.
 
Wind Safety Standard Subcommittee (WEHSSC)
To nationally adopt European standards that impact wind energy (worker) safety and health standards (EN 50308 and others).
 
Wind Technical Standards Committee
 AWEA prepares standards documents to facilitate uniform practices in the technology of Wind Energy Conversion Systems. AWEA also coordinates U.S. input and response to the international standards activities. AWEA will take a leadership role in the development and industry acceptance of US Wind Energy standards while resolving discrepancies between US Standards and Internationally accepted Standards, seeking to harmonize at the highest possible level.
 
Wind Technician Entry-Level Minimum Standard (WWSC)
This group will develop the draft standard for minimum entry-level wind technicians - curriculum/learning objectives.
 
Wind Workforce Standards Committee WS
The AWEA Wind Workforce Standards Committee (WWSC) prepares consensus standards documents to facilitate uniform workforce competencies. The AWEA WWSC is a leader in the development and industry acceptance of US Wind Energy consensus standards related to workforce training and competencies.
 
Workforce Definition Standards Subcommittee (WWSC)
To develop a document to standardize terms and definitions, which would incorporate other ANSI and known standards, for workforce purposes.