U.S. Offshore Wind Standards

ACP Offshore Wind Standards Subcommittee and Working Groups

  • ACP Offshore Wind Standards Subcommittee

    The five working groups developing the OCRP documents are organized under the ACP Offshore Wind Standards Subcommittee and oversees the development of U.S. based consensus standards and recommended practices to support the regulation and deployment of offshore wind in the U.S. It facilitates the promulgation of standards and recommended practices by the ACP Wind Technical Standards Committee to ensure timely approval. 

    Additionally, the subcommittee is responsible for overseeing the management, staffing, and development of new offshore wind standards and recommended practices, including revisions and updates that are required to address present and future physical, economic, or market conditions of the U.S. They assess the need for new standards and recommended practices to assist the industry. They initiate new work proposals that do not conflict with existing standards and recommended practices, write scopes for new offshore wind working groups, approve working group scopes, and facilitate the approval of scopes by the ACP Offshore Wind Technical Standards Committee and ANSI.  

  • Chair of ACP Offshore Wind Standards Subcommittee

    Walt Musial is a Principal Engineer and leads the offshore wind research platform at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he has worked for 35 years. In 2003 he initiated the offshore wind energy research program at NREL which focuses on a wide range of industry needs and critical technology challenges. He chairs the ACP Offshore Wind Standards Subcommittee and is the Senior Technical Advisor to the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium. Through the U.S. Department of Energy and with NREL’s strategic partnerships with industry and regulators, Walt is leading multiple research activities to build the knowledge base for U.S. offshore wind regional frontiers, which include the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Maine, and the Pacific Ocean. Previously, Walt developed and ran NREL’s full scale blade and drivetrain testing facilities for 15 years. Earlier, Walt worked five years as a field test engineer in the commercial wind energy industry in California. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, specializing in energy conversion with a focus on wind energy engineering. He has over 120 publications and two patent

  • Working Group 1 – ACP OCRP-1-2022 Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices (OCRP) Edition 2

  • Working Group 2 – ACP OCRP-2 ACP U.S. Floating Wind Systems Recommended Practices

  • Working Group 3 – ACP OCRP-3 ACP US Offshore Wind Metocean Conditions Characterization Recommended

  • Working Group 4 – ACP OCRP-4 ACP US Recommended Practices for Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigations and Design

  • Working Group 5 – ACP OCRP-5 ACP Recommended Practices for Submarine Cables

    Leadership: Georg Engelmann, Bob Hobson, and Darin Lawton 

Working under the newly established rules put in place by AWEA and ANSI, these new working groups adhered to a process that provides special protections that allows the regulators to use them as guidance to developers, certified verification agents in the project design and approval. In addition, the procedural protections provided by ACP/ANSI rules enables BOEM and BSEE to refer to them in the regulations and/or explicitly quote them. Although the regulators have no obligation to use them, they provide a powerful tool that helps can increase efficiency in the U.S. offshore wind regulatory process, confidence in design approvals, and clarify requirements for developers. They also provide transparency so the public can understand the process. 

Presentations & Annual Meetings:

  •  Presentations

    Click here for the presentation delivered by the ACP Offshore Wind Standards Working Group Co-conveners, presented at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum March 28, 2023, in Baltimore, MD. 

  • Annual Meetings

    Check back here for updates on annual public meetings being held or webinars to provide information on the OCRP documents and working groups. 

Get in Touch:

Please fill out the following form to apply for a U.S. Offshore Wind Standards working group. Other general inquiries can be directed to Julia Gerringer, grants & contracts manager, by filling out a form on our contact us page. 

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