United States

United States

First industry guidelines for US offshore wind

AWEA sets out model processes for full project lifecycle

The first set of "recommended practices" designed to support the development of offshore wind farms in US waters has been produced by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The Recommended Practices for Design, Deployment and Operation of Offshore Wind Turbines in the United States document is freely available and drawn up with the support of the US Department of Energy and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Five "critical areas" are focused on:

-         structural reliability

-         manufacturing, qualification testing, installation and construction

-         equipment safety

-         operation and inspection

-         decommissioning.

As yet, the US has no offshore wind capacity, though at least one 30MW demonstration project, Block Island, is scheduled to begin generating electricity by 2015.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Windpower Monthly Events

Latest Offshore Wind Jobs