U.S. Offshore Wind Standards aims to develop a comprehensive set of consensus-based roadmaps under ANSI/ACP (formally known as AWEA) rules which navigates the existing offshore wind standards and guidelines. This is to facilitate safe designs and orderly deployment of offshore wind in the United States by accounting for unique U.S. geophysics, administrative and environmental constraints and providing the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) with recommendations for industry best practice procedures.
From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. offshore wind industry, in collaboration with MMS/BOEM, NREL, DOE, and ACP, developed a roadmap from existing standards to facilitate the definition of “best practices”, which was titled AWEA Offshore Compliance Recommended Practice (OCRP) 2012.
AWEA OCRP 2012 no longer adequately addresses the regulatory requirements for BOEM/BSEE and the offshore wind development community. In September 2017, the AWEA Wind Standards Committee (later renamed the ACP Wind Technical Standards Committee) voted to approve the formation of the Offshore Wind Subcommittee to oversee the development of this initiative. This subcommittee was formed under the leadership of Walt Musial, Principal Engineer at NREL. Five working groups were formed to address the AWEA OCRP 2012 deficiencies.
- Working Group 1 – Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices (OCRP) Edition 2 under the leadership of Rain Byars and Graham Cranston.
- Working Group 2 – US Floating Wind Systems Recommended Practices under the leadership of Lars Samuelsson and Leif Delp.
- Working Group 3 – US Offshore Wind Metocean Conditions Characterization Recommended Practices under the leadership of Mike Drunsic and Lorry Wagner.
- Working Group 4 – US Recommended Practices for Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigations and Design under the leadership of Matt Palmer and Mathieu Guinard.
- Working Group 5 – Recommended Practices for Submarine Cables under the leadership of Georg Engelmann and Bob Hobson.