The Issue Brief provides an overview of the legal framework governing the siting review processes for new infrastructure, including electric transmission and generating facilities.
Energy & Climate Change Planning
The report offers 56 policy recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Full adoption and implementation of all the recommendations is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 47%, to within 1% of 1990 levels.
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.
The presentation illustrates trends and relationships of New Jersey's fuel sources, end uses, prices, and economic and environmental impacts over time.
In aggregate, policies outlined in the Plan, which include measures put in place since 2007 and new initiatives, are projected to achieve emissions reductions in the range of 18 percent to 33 percent by 2020. These policies include energy efficiency programs, advanced building codes, requirements for increased renewable electricity generation, federal vehicle efficiency standards, state incentives for purchasing more efficient vehicles, incentives to reduce vehicle miles traveled, and smart growth policies. Through both direct and indirect impacts, these policies are projected to create an estimated 42,000 to 48,000 jobs in Massachusetts by 2020.
A brief profile of the electric grid and wholesale markets serving Massachusetts. ISO New England forecasted the state’s overall electricity demand to grow at a rate of 1.1% annually over the next decade, slightly above the 0.9% rate projected for New England. The ISO forecasted the state’s peak (summer) demand to grow 1.4% annually over the next decade—equal to the rate projected for the region.
The plan proposes four actions to achieve the goals of "keeping consumers' bills down, their lights on, and meet climate and environmental objectives": 1. create a Strategic Energy Investment Fund, using revenues generated by the sale of carbon allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), to invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and Maryland’s clean energy industry; 2. require utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency programs; 3. increase generation by strengthening the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS); and, 4. plan for the future by improving Maryland’s energy plans and stimulating its emerging clean energy industry.
Summary of future possibilities for wind power development in Maine.
The Task Force recommends that New Jersey proceed with a limited test project, not to exceed 350 MW, to obtain practical knowledge of benefits and impacts resulting from offshore wind turbine facilities. These efforts must be preceded by scientific baseline studies that collect basic data about the existence, location and nature of New Jersey’s offshore natural resources, in addition to information regarding potential economic impacts of offshore wind. Based on information available today, offshore wind turbine technology offers a range of potential benefits and possible drawbacks. Too much remains unknown to characterize the appropriateness of offshore wind development for New Jersey’s coastal waters. Some of the unknown and/or incomplete information can be learned through practical application of the technology.
The Executive Order mandates the creation of a State Energy Planning Board to develop a final State Energy Plan on or before June 30, 2009 and at least every three years thereafter.