AWEA and ASCE sign joint agreement

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have signed a joint agreement establishing a framework for the two organizations to administer recommended permitting practices and future standards for wind turbine structures.

Through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), AWEA and ASCE plan to jointly issue recommended procedures for issuing permits for large wind turbine structures, including towers and foundations. The agreement will also govern the management and release of new wind turbine structural standards that may be developed under the voluntary consensus standards process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The consensus standards process would follow the ASCE standards development procedures and tap both wind energy and structural expert volunteers in the development of any new wind turbine structural standards.

“AWEA is excited to work with ASCE in advancing our evolving and growing industry,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “Through this agreement, the two organizations will engage wind and structural technical experts to develop permitting recommended guidelines and new standards to help drive our dynamic industry forward.”

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