Offshore Wind Electrical Safety Standards Harmonization: Workshop Proceedings

Walter Musial, Chloe Constant, Aubryn Cooperman, Michelle Fogarty, Emily Chambers, Brandon Burke, Edgar DeMeo

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Offshore wind (OSW) development activity is accelerating in the United States, with over 10 gigawatts (GW) of capacity likely to be installed on the Atlantic coast before 2030. In addition, states have committed to procure over 29 GW of offshore wind. Experienced European offshore wind energy developers are beginning to make large investments into offshore wind projects in American waters, and some U.S. developers have submitted key design documents for regulatory review. European offshore wind developers possess extensive experience in other geographic markets, which greatly increases confidence that the U.S. offshore wind industry will be successful. Nonetheless, existing U.S. electrical standards and European electrical standards are significantly different. If not addressed, these differences could potentially impact worker safety.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages145
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-76849


  • electrical safety
  • offshore wind energy
  • standards


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