GWO has adopted new statutes to maintain efficient governance while we grow our global membership of wind turbine manufacturers and owners.
All members will meet twice a year in a General Assembly in March or April, and a strategy session in September/October. In these sessions, the members will formally agree on work plans for coming years and will elect Chairs of the Association and the Committees.
The new structure establishes an Executive Committee to oversee the operational aspects of the association work and to ensure coordination between the committees. TheExCo will have a chair and two vice chairs at the helm. These roles last for two years, with the vice chair terms overlapping. Chairs of the Committee will be represented in the ExCo as ordinary members.
The Training Committee will continue to drive standardization work and prepare decisions on reviews of new standards going forward.
The Audit and Compliance Committee will continue to drive improved governance and quality assurance of the training provider network, as well as performing a compliance function for the association.
Regional Committees shall be created in key markets, to promote recognition of GWO standards in these regions, and to ensure that the global standards align and can co-exist with regional and national legal requirements.
The first General Assembly will take place in Bilbao on 4th April. GWO will elect its new Executive Committee and make announcements in due course.
Over 100 community colleges teach wind turbine technician programs in North America. One GWO training provider, Safety Technology (STL) USA is moving quickly to offer a new pathway into work for college students.
EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is the latest addition to the growing list of GWO training providers in the US market.
The next generation of wind turbine technicians were placed front and centre at GWO’s Safety & Training Forum, as training providers and employers debated the best approach to onboard thousands of new people.
Standard increases safety around supervised, infrequent WTG visitors.
Specialized safety training highlighted as a significant gap for offshore wind construction and O&M; More GWO Sea Survival training will be needed to safely deliver on the 30GW 2030 target; Companies will need to guide new technicians and rapidly deploy full-scope training for them to keep up with the hastening pace of construction activity.
Among the provisions for version 11 are: a definition of non-conformity, further provision related to GWO’s Auditor Qualification Training, clarification on the qualification process for GWO auditors, criteria for defining multi-site training providers as well as specific requirements for their certification such as the production of an internal audit plan.