The report describes the types of metocean data needed to inform and accelerate offshore wind project development, including recent results from Denmark that suggest how calibrated and traceable ground-based vertical-profiling Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) can reduce uncertainty in estimating annual energy production. It recommends a phased development approach to outfit the Chesapeake Light Tower (CLT) with appropriate instrumentation to begin characterizing Virginia's offshore wind resource at a fraction of the cost of a new met tower in the initial phases of work.
The report states that Massachusetts' offshore wind theoretical potential is 19,000 MW in waters less than 60 feet deep. The technical potential is 6,270 MW, based on available resources, policy restraints, and siting issues. Offshore wind reaches maximum market penetrations under an Accelerated Development scenario of 520 MW by 2012 and 1,550 MW by 2020. Such a scenario envisages extensions of the federal production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) through 2020, along with high state renewable energy credit (REC) prices.
The study considers potential environmental, user, and nautical conflicts, and electric system characteristics and policy in Maryland as they relate to the potential for offshore wind power development. The study concludes that by using existing, proven technology (monopile; 5 MW turbines) and accounting for various social, environmental, and nautical exclusion zones and conflict areas, Marylandﾒs available offshore wind resource could provide 67% of the stateﾒs electric load.
This report includes: (1) a summary of available information on the physical characteristics and wind and wave resources in the Gulf of Maine (GoM); (2) a study of potential electric grid interconnection points and offshore electric cabling requirements; (3) an evaluation of permitting requirements, potential environmental impacts and stakeholder considerations; (4) a summary of available construction and assembly resources in Maine; and, (5) a summary of offshore wind's economic and policy implications.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) rules that installation of buoy system was delayed for reasons not within the Garden State Offshore Energy's (GSOE) control, and so a subsequent extension was warranted from January 9, 2011 to May 31, 2011.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) rules that installation of buoy system was delayed for reasons not within Garden State Offshore Energy's (GSOE's) control, and so a third extension was warranted from May 31, 2011 to July 31, 2011.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) rules that installation of buoy system was delayed for reasons not within Fishermen's Energy's (FERN's) control, and so a subsequent extension was warranted from January 9, 2011 to May 31, 2011.
The Board of Public Utilities' (BPU) order authorizes staff to develop and issue an application for the proposed meteorological tower rebate program in accordance with specific criteria and conditions.
The study evaluated the most viable areas for wind energy development and assessed the potential energy generation associated with these areas. The analysis also included feasibility level project cost estimates, and an evaluation of project financing arrangements. A total of 10 potential different offshore areas, covering 98 square miles, were identified, with a potential to produce over 6 million MWh of energy annually. Estimated capital cost per kW of capacity ranged from $96-$137/MW.
The Executive Order establishes an Ocean Energy Task Force (OETF) to develop a strategy aimed at meeting or exceeding the goal of 300MW of ocean-based wind energy capacity by 2020.