The report examines various approaches to re-regulation, and offers a sets of recommendations for Delaware, including: periodic public debate and determination of electricity priorities; adoption of a portfolio approach; creation of a state power authority; limitation of retail choice; and, approaching immediate needs from a long-term perspective.
Energy & Climate Change Planning
Overview of Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), its five action teams, and mapping and planning portal.
The report estimates the technical potential of specific renewable electricity generation technologies, including offshore wind, to allow cross-technology comparison. The total estimated technical potential generation of offshore wind is estimated to be 17,000 TWh. The total technical potential capacity of offshore wind is estimated to be 4,200 GW. Estimates are provided for each individual state.
Overview of National Ocean Policy and Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) framework.
Chapter 2 is an assessment of the likely consequences of recent and likely climate changes in Maryland. Changes in temperature and precipitation were projected through the 21st century. In order to estimate the degree of climate change in Maryland that could be avoided by actions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs), two emissions scenarios were employed. The higher emissions scenario assumes continued growth in global emissions throughout the century, while the lower emissions scenario assumes slower growth, a peak at mid-century, and thereafter a decline to about 40 per cent of present levels by the end of the century.
The Order establishes the Governor's Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy to report on the potential of all offshore energy resources available to North Carolina, and offer policy recommendations for their wise use and benefit.
The report assesses the costs, challenges, and impacts in areas of technology, manufacturing and employment, transmission and grid integration, markets, siting and permitting strategies, and potential environmental effects associated with providing 20% of U.S. electricity needs through wind energy by 2030, an increase of more than 290 GW within 23 years.
Chapter 3 highlights the economic impacts of climate change in Maryland, including impairment of coastal development and transportation infrastructure, and tourism, agriculture, and health-related economic losses.
The Introduction describes the process by which the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) developed the Climate Action Plan.
Chapter 4 provides the basis for the Commission's recommendation to reduce Marylandﾒs greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 per cent to 50 per cent below 2006 levels by 2020 and a goal of 90 per cent below 2006 levels by 2050. The Commission also recommends interim reduction targets of 10 per cent reductions by 2012 and 15 per cent reductions by 2015, using the 2006 baseline. The Chapter outlines 42 policy options to achieve these targets, including long-term contracts for offshore wind, which are characterized as "lower emission reduction/easier implementation."