Small Wind Certification Committee Formed

January 22, 2004 [] The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently established a Small Wind Certification Committee, chartered with the development of a U.S. certification standard for small wind turbines. Bill Colavecchio of Underwriters Laboratory and Michael Bergey of Bergey Windpower will co-chair the new committee. AWEA is a recognized standards making body under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and plans to work closely with Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to create a product certification program that will help public-supported commercialization programs sort out the “wheat from the chaff,” provide consumers with realistic and comparable performance metrics, and allow the industry to certify existing and newly developed products without undue costs or delays. The Committee will follow a “voluntary consensus standards development process” to obtain ANSI recognition for the final standard. In the consensus standards process, a committee of diverse stakeholders crafts and approves a draft, which is then released for public comment. The committee takes the public comments and prepares a “final” draft, which must be approved by committee ballot. If it is not approved, the draft is reworked and balloted until it is approved. The standard then gets approved by the AWEA Standards Committee and submitted to ANSI for adoption as a national standard.
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