An industry-based standards project set up in 2017 under the auspices of the ACP Offshore Wind Subcommittee is seen as having reached its goal after five years of work with the successful approval of new wind power recommendations. The American Clean Power Association’s Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices: 2022 Edition (OCRP-1-2022) is the guidance report. It emphasizes the capability of accelerating the offshore wind industry’s development and cutting down on regulatory processing times while enhancing worker safety.
According to Walt Musial , the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) offshore wind research lead and chair of the ACP Offshore Wind Subcommittee, under which the initiative was formed, “This could become one of the primary guidance documents for the development of offshore wind energy on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf and could lead to shorter regulatory timelines and increased worker safety.”
All phases of offshore wind farm development are covered by OCRP-1-2022. Integral systems discussed here include design, production, fabrication, transportation, installation, operations, in-service inspections, and life-cycle planning.
These suggested procedures, according to Musial, “cover a wider scope than anything previously available to the offshore wind energy business.” “Although OCRP-1-2022 mainly relies on IEC standards, it covers every stage of the project’s life cycle, from the design of the turbine and substructure to end-of-life decommissioning. From conception to death, regulators are in charge of all stages of development, and we have now given them more thorough instructions in a single document.
This is the first collection of its kind, according to NREL . It took a huge amount of work. The U.S. Offshore Wind Standards Initiative is a joint effort between NREL, , Bureau of Ocean Energy Management , U.S. Department of Energy, , Business Network for Offshore Wind , ACP , and Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices: 2022 Edition (OCRP-1-2022) 0 from the U.S. Department of the Interior. More than 300 people from different offshore wind energy sectors make up the subcommittee.
These suggested procedures, according to Musial, “cover a wider scope than anything previously available to the offshore wind energy business.” “Although OCRP-1-2022 mainly relies on IEC standards, it covers every stage of the project’s life cycle, from the design of the turbine and substructure to end-of-life decommissioning. Regulators are in charge of overseeing the entire development process, from conception to death, and we have now given them more detailed instructions in a single document.
The first of five documents, OCRP-1-2022, has been released. More than 100 individuals of the offshore wind energy industry collaborated to write it. Together with Graham Cranston, a DNV project manager and principal structural engineer, Rain Byars, the technical and delivery director for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America), co-chaired the meeting.
The previously established ANSI/ACP consensus standards development process is respected and maintained by the new advice. “OCRP-1-2022 is a crucial component to achieving the aim because it offers uniform guidelines, eliminates uncertainty, and makes it possible to create the necessary federal permitting design papers more efficiently. According to Liz Burdock, president and CEO of Business Network for Offshore Wind, “this could assist shorten overall permitting timelines and get turbines in the sea faster to help prevent the climate crisis.”
ONE OF A RANDOM PACK OF FIVE The U.S. Offshore Wind Standards Initiative’s overarching flagship document is OCRP-1-2022, the first of five offshore wind energy recommended-practice guidelines to be issued. Consequently, it is a significant step to make the regulatory procedure for the U.S. offshore wind energy business transparent, consistent, and clear.
In accordance with ANSI/ACP regulations, the remaining four guidance documents will each address a particular subject and constitute a full set of consensus-based principles, including:
Offshore wind electricity that floats criteria for meteorological and oceanographic data prerequisites for offshore wind energy systems in terms of geophysics and technology the minimal specifications for undersea cables. “The combined, the five guidance documents will facilitate safe designs and the orderly deployment of U.S. offshore wind energy by accounting for specific U.S. geophysical, administrative, and environmental constraints, providing the U.S. Department of Interior with recommendations for best practices in the industry,” says NREL further.
Later in 2022, the Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices: 2022 Edition (OCRP-1-2022) 1 are slated for ANSI approval and public assessment.
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