Energy & Climate Change Planning

Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008- Green Communities Act

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Description: 

The law requires that electric distribution companies solicit long-term contracts (defined as 10-15 years) for renewable energy two times between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2014.

Link to Massachusetts Legislature website:  Green Communities Act page

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Resource Type: 
Website

Chapter 298 of the Acts of 2008- Global Warming Solutions Act

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Description: 

The law establishes state goals to achieve greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions of between 10-25% below statewide 1990 GHG emissions levels by 2020, and 80% below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2050.

Link to Massachusetts Legislature website:  Global Warming Solutions Act page

Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Resource Type: 
Website

2011 Wind Technologies Market Report

Source/Sponsor: 
US Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley Energy Laboratory (LBL)
Creator/Author: 
US Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley Energy Laboratory (LBL)
Description: 
The report provides a detailed overview of developments and trends in the US wind power market, including areas of installation growth, price, cost, and performance, as well as market and policy drivers.
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 26, 2012
3 MB
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Executive Order 59- Governor's Commission on Climate Change

Source/Sponsor: 
Governor Timothy Kaine
Creator/Author: 
Governor Timothy Kaine
Description: 

The Executive Order establishes the Governor's Commission on Climate Change to prepare a climate change action plan for Virginia that identifies the additional steps needed to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 30% by 2025, as recommended in the 2007 Virginia Energy Plan.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2007
109 KB
Resource Type: 
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Virginia Energy Plan 2007

Source/Sponsor: 
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
Creator/Author: 
Virginia Energy Plan Advisory Group
Description: 
The 2007 Virginia Plan establishes goals to: a) reduce the rate of growith of energy use by 40% by 2017, and increase Virginia's indigenous energy production by 20% by 2017; b) reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 30% by 2025 (back to 2000 levels); and, c) capitalize on economic development opportunities through business expansion and increased research and development (R&D) in areas of strength, including coastal energy production. The plan encourages all cost-effective, environmentally responsible development of Virginia's offshore wind resources.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2007
6 MB
Resource Type: 
Document
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New Poll Numbers Give More Definition to Support for Offshore Wind Power

Source/Sponsor: 
Marylanders for Offshore Wind Coalition
Creator/Author: 
OpinionWorks
Description: 

The poll questioned 1,405 registered voters about their specific beliefs on the cost and benefits of developing offshore wind power. Statewide and across the key regions surveyed – Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, the Lower Eastern Shore, and Baltimore City – voter support for offshore wind power reaches a solid majority that approaches two-thirds of voters, despite a potential $2 per month cost to households. The two most important reasons for voters were the potential jobs impact and beneficial health impacts of offshore wind.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
190 KB
Resource Type: 
Document
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Maryland Climate Action Plan- Chapter Five: Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change- Phase I: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms

Source/Sponsor: 
Governor Martin O'Malley
Creator/Author: 
Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC)-Adaptation and Response Working Group
Description: 

Chapter 5 outlines specific policy recommendations for reducing the vulnerability of the state’s natural and cultural resources and communities to the impacts of climate change, with an initial focus on sea level rise and coastal hazards.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
13 MB
Resource Type: 
Document
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Update to the Analysis of the Impact of Cape Wind on Lowering New England Energy Prices

Source/Sponsor: 
Cape Wind Associates, LLC
Creator/Author: 
Charles River Associates (CRA)
Description: 

Using updated input assumptions, the report projected wholesale power prices over the period 2014-2038, for scenarios with and without Cape Wind in service, and quantified the expected reduction in wholesale power prices and wholesale electricity costs that would result from the power supplied by the project. The report found that Cape Wind would lead to a reduction in the wholesale cost of power averaging $286 million annually over the years 2014–2038, resulting in an aggregate savings of $7.2 billion over 25 years. If Cape Wind were in service, the price of power in the New England wholesale market is projected to be $1.86/MWh lower on average. Over the combined 16-year period spanning construction and the first 15 years of operations, Cape Wind would create an average estimated net addition of 514 jobs in Massachusetts and 1,119 jobs in New England.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2012
210 KB
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The Virginia Energy Plan

Source/Sponsor: 
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
Creator/Author: 
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
Description: 

The plan assesses the adequacy of Virginia's primary energy sources and electricity generation, transmission, and distribution resources. Renewable sources of energy provided approximately 3 percent of electricity generated in-state. Virginia will need to grow its energy supply by 14.6 percent (397.8 trillion Btus) to meet the growing energy demand through 2020. The Energy Plan recommends that the Commonwealth increase in-state production of energy by 20 percent over the next 10 years. It also recommends that the state should support the private sector’s efforts to grow Virginia’s offshore wind development and supply chain industries, through the work of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC) and the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA); and by working with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to streamline the federal offshore wind leasing process.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2010
5 MB
Resource Type: 
Document
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Survey of Residents & Visitors in Four Communities Along the Southern New Jersey Shore

Source/Sponsor: 
Fishermen's Energy of New Jersey (FERN)
Creator/Author: 
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy; Zogby International
Description: 

The public opinion survey found that support for an offshore wind farm off the Atlantic City shore was almost 30 percentage points higher than a similar question asked in 2006. Sixty-six percent of respondents felt that an offshore wind project would have a positive impact on Atlantic City and the local environment. More than three-quartes of visitors said it would have no effect on whether or not they would visit Atlantic City, and another 19% said the would be more likely to visit the area.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, August 3, 2009
194 KB
Resource Type: 
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