In this Action Plan, the Delaware Climate Change Consortium (DCCC) developed a set of policy options to reduce Delaware's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7% below the 1990 level by 2010. Included is a call for the implementation of a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which could utilize wind power and other renewable sources to generate a minimum of 1% of Delaware's electricity generation.
Energy & Climate Change Planning
In this updated Energy Master Plan (EMP), the Christie Administration affirms its commitment to the renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) of 22.5% of energy from renewable sources by 2021, and aspires to fulfill 70% of the Stateﾒs electric needs from ﾓcleanﾔ energy sources by 2050. The Christie Administration supports the Board of Public Utilities' (BPU) due diligence process to safeguard the economic interests of ratepayers while promoting job creation and environmental benefits associated with offshore wind. The BPU is confident that the target objective of 1,100 MW of offshore wind generation by the end of 2012 is achievable.
The report provides details of transmission requirements for gigawatt scale implementation of off-shore wind generation off the coast of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Based on the production cost simulations, adding 8.5 GW of offshore wind requires some local reinforcement, but probably wouldnﾒt require significant new onshore transmission lines.
A two-page fact sheet of resources, legislation, and organizations in support of wind energy development in Massachusetts.
The report describes how developing Marylandﾒs offshore wind resource would bring benefits to all regions of the state- in the form of cleaner air, new jobs and economic activity, and greater protection against the threat posed by global warming to the environment and human health.
The report describes offshore wind research results in areas of feasibility-level design and economic assessment, preliminary mapping offshore areas, and evaluation of economic development potential. It offers recommendations for applied research and government policy.
The report summarizes offshore wind energy's production potential along the Atlantic Coast, with state-by-state highlights.
The report urges Marylandﾒs Public Service Commission (PSC) to encourage development of the state's offshore wind energy resources, setting a goal of commercial operation of the first major offshore wind farm by 2014. Nearly 60 percent of Maryland's electricity generation comes from coal-fired power plants. In addition, the state imports nearly a third of its electricity supply from coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Maryland's dependence on fossil fuels and other states for its electricity supply leaves it vulnerable to supply disruptions and price spikes, and contributes to the pollution that drives global warming.
In this public opinion survey, MassINC found that while most residents still do not look at global warming as a high long-term priority, a majority sees it as a problem, supports policy efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and takes steps as individuals to reduce their personal energy consumption: 80% of residents would spend one extra dollar per month on their electric bill for renewable energy; 69% would pay up to three dollars more; 60% would spend up to five dollars more. A majority of residents (53%) think acting to curb global warming will help the Massachusetts economy; just 16% say the stateﾒs climate change efforts are detrimental to the economy.
The white paper discusses wind energy potential on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), available offshore wind energy technology, and economic and environmental considerations.