Chapter 7 summarizes recently enacted state legislation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate climate change impacts.
Energy & Climate Change Planning
The report is a preliminary analysis of the effects of climate change in Maine during the 21st century. The initial assessment is intended to help frame the policy and management discussions on necessary adaptation plans.
In response to Energy Master Plan (EMP), the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) seeks to amend the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for Class I resources by incorporating an off-shore wind carve out for 1,000 MW by 2012 and 3,000 MW by 2020.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act requires the state to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% from 2006 levels by 2020 and adopt a final plan to achieve the reductions by December 31, 2012.
The report summarizes anticipated effects of climate change on the built environment, natural ecosystems, and human health. To achieve the Governorﾒs greenhouse gas emission target of 30% below the business-as-usual projection of emissions by 2025, the Commission recommended that Virginia increase energy efficiency and conservation; advocate for comprehensive federal climate change legislation; expand commuter choice and transportation system efficiency; increase fuel efficiency; accelerate clean technology research and development; increase use of renewable and emissions-free energy sources; promote carbon capture and storage technology; and, lead by example through public building renovations and vehicle usage.
The law mandates reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, approximately a 20 percent reduction below estimated 2020 business-as-usual emissions, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.
The report identifies major issues involved in restructuring the electric industry in Georgia to expand retail competition, and proposes potential solutions.
The report states that Maine met the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. Maineﾒs gross state product continued to increase while energy consumption and emissions declined.
Overview of the Public Service Commission's (PSC) final report's findings on whether and how Maryland might "re-regulate" its electricity markets. It includes graphs used in modeling the economic benefits and costs of offshore wind.
The report reviews the scientific consensus on global climate change, evaluates the economic implications and opportunities, and offers policy recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address potential impacts. The report recommends developing a comprehensive permitting system for wind energy facilities.