The report describes the current status of wind generation technology and forecasting, with particular focus on how these elements relate to the interconnection with the regional transmission network and the operation of the bulk power system.
The study estimated New England's maximum theoretical wind generation potential as approximately 94,000 MW, of which 34,000 MW was from offshore resources. For offshore sites, the effective Forward Capacity Marketing (FCM) capacity rating was 26% for summer and 46% for winter.
The study examined a variety of factors - including technological, environmental, regulatory, and economic considerations - associated with potential sites off the coast of Georgia. The study identified Jekyll Island and Tybee Island as two locations with the best potential. Of the two locations, Tybee Island was deemed to be better suited because of reduced visual disturbance, improved wind resources, and closer proximity to industrial and maintenance resources.
The report estimates the technical potential (280,000 GWh/year and 70,000 MW capacity) and constrained potential (13,000 GWh/year and 3,300 MW capacity) of South Carolina's offshore wind energy.
The study examines the potential for wind power development in Maine, the cost of wind power, availability of potential
markets, impacts of wind power on the electric grid, and obstacles to wind power development in Maine.
After a detailed review of Maineﾒs wind resource, regional and projected markets for clean power, technology trends, and Maineﾒs greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals and policy commitments, the Task Force concludes that Maine should seek to host at least 2,000 MW of installed wind power capacity by 2015, and at least 3,000 MW by 2020. At least 300 MW of the 2020 goal could be achieved with projects built offshore.
The report found that substantial areas of at least 506 federal lease blocks have a wind-capacity factor of commercially attractive
(>30 percent) to outstanding (>40 percent) in which no serious conflicts with wildlife, existing human uses, or natural factors that would inhibit successful installment of wind turbines have been identified. These could accomodate as much as 50,000 MW of nameplate capacity, generating a yearly average of 20,000 MW of power.
Overview of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM's) goals and objectives for offshore renewable energy leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Summary of "facts and figures" concerning offshore wind energy in South Carolina.
The Assessment evaluates the existing, planned, and potential use of New Yorkﾒs renewable energy resources. New York's total offshore wind technical/practical potential was estimated to be 534 MW.