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ACP is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited standards development organization for consensus renewable energy standards in the United States.

Standards play an important role in everyday life.

Developing consensus renewable energy standards in the United States.

ACP is an ANSI accredited standards development organization for consensus renewable energy standards in the United States. 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, ACP administers the ANSI standards process through ACP consensus bodies (committees) that develop and maintain voluntary national consensus standards for the renewable energy industry, ensures that the process for revision of standards is timely and in accordance with the ANSI Essential Requirements procedures, and publishes the final product of the consensus process.

On January 7, ACP notified and filed an application to ANSI for the transfer of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) standards accreditation, with an expanded scope. On February 16, the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) approved ACP’s application. ANSI published the scope in their Standards Action publication on March 5, for a 30-day public comment.

Under ACP’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

 

Developing consensus renewable energy standards in the United States.

All committee work is done on a voluntary basis. Participation on committees and subcommittees is open to all parties who are directly and materially interested in the activity in question. The ACP Standards Committees are responsible for the creation, revision, and withdrawal of ACP standards.

Standards Committees

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

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

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

Standards Subcommittees

Participation on committees and subcommittees is open to all parties who are directly and materially interested in the activity in question. Email standards@cleanpower.org if you would like to participate.

Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee (WEHSSC)
The Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee (WEHSSC) prepares consensus standards documents to facilitate EHS process and procedures. The ACP 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.

WEHSSC Subordinate Groups:

  • Offshore Safety Subcommittee: 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: 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.
  • Repower Subcommittee: Wind EHS Standard Committee’s subordinate group to address repowering from an EHS perspective.
  • Rescue & Self-Evacuation Subcommittee: 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: To evaluate ANSI/ASME A17.8 (Standard for Wind Turbine Tower Elevators) and recommend appropriate next steps.
  • Wind Safety Standard Subcommittee: To nationally adopt European standards that impact wind energy (worker) safety and health standards (EN 50308 and others).

Wind Workforce Standards Committee (WWSC)
The ACP WWSC prepares consensus standards documents to facilitate uniform workforce competencies. The ACP WWSC is a leader in the development and industry acceptance of US Wind Energy consensus standards related to workforce training and competencies.

WWSC Subordinate Groups:

  • Micro-Credentialing Subcommittee
  • Wind Technician Entry-Level Minimum Standard Subcommittee: This group will develop the draft standard for minimum entry-level wind technicians – curriculum/learning objectives.
  • Workforce Definition Standards Subcommittee: To develop a document to standardize terms and definitions, which would incorporate other ANSI and known standards, for workforce purposes.

Wind Technical Standards Committee (WTSC)
ACP prepares standards documents to facilitate uniform practices in the technology of Wind Energy Conversion Systems. ACP also coordinates U.S. input and response to the international standards activities. ACP 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.

WTSC Subordinate Groups:

  • ACP-1 Subcommittee: This subcommittee will review IEC 61400-1 and adopt as an ACP US national standard, with a US specific Annex if needed.
  • ACP-24 Subcommittee: This subcommittee will review IEC 61400-24 and adopt as an ACP 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.
  • Offshore Wind Subcommittee: The Offshore Wind Subcommittee is part of ACP’s Wind Standards Committee focusing on offshore wind turbine design standards. This subcommittee has the following working groups:
    • Floating Offshore Working Group
    • Geotech and Geophysical Offshore Working Group
    • Metocean Offshore Working Group
    • OCRP 2012 Maintenance Offshore Working Group
    • Submarine Cables Offshore Working Group
  • Sound Subcommittee: Develop a standard that will standardize modeling methods for the prediction of wind turbine sound levels at far field locations.
  • Structures Subcommittee: 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. This subcommittee has the following working group:
    • TR-2 Working Group: Create a technical report on Cyclic Degradation in the Geotechnical Design of Wind Turbine Foundations
  • SWT-1 Subcommittee: The goal of this standard is to provide meaningful criteria upon which to assess the quality of the engineering that has gone into a small wind turbine and to provide consumers with performance data that will help them make informed purchasing decisions and an assurance that a turbine has been certified to a national standard.
  • TR-1 Subcommittee: Wind plant power performance

 

 

Public Comment Documents

ANSI procedures require that a draft standard be available for public review so that all parties who are directly and materially interested in the activity in question have an opportunity to provide comments. When drafts are ready for public review and comment they will be posted here on this page. Contact standards@cleanpower.org with questions.

Public Comment Drafts

ACP 61400-1-202x Wind Energy Generation Systems – Part 1: Design requirements – Modified Adoption of IEC 61400-1 draft standard.
Public Comment Deadline: July 5, 2021
Click here to download the draft standard.
Click here to download the comment form. Please use the form for comments and email to standards@cleanpower.org.

ACP 101-1-202x The Small Wind Turbine Standard Updated Draft
This draft incorporates the updates made from the first comment period. New content is highlighted in yellow.
Public Comment Deadline: July 5, 2021
Click here to download the draft standard.
Click here to download the comment form. Please use the form for comments and email to standards@cleanpower.org.

ACP OCRP-1-202x ACP Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices (OCRP) Edition 2 draft standard
Public Comment Deadline: July 5, 2021
Click here to download the draft standard.
Click here to download the comment form. Please use the form for comments and email to standards@cleanpower.org.

Meeting Schedule

These proposed meetings are open to the public. Contact standards@cleanpower.org for login information.

Wind Technical Standards Committee (WTSC)
March 23, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call
June 22, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call
August 23, during OMS Round Rock, TX (TBD) – In-person or Conference Call
November 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call

Wind Workforce Standards Committee (WWSC)
March 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call
June 24, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call
August 23, during OMS Round Rock, TX (TBD) – In person or Conference Call
November 18, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call

Wind Environmental, Health, and Safety Standards Committee (WEHSSC)
March 24, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Eastern – Conference Call
August 23, during OMS Round Rock, TX (TBD) – In person or Conference Call

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