The study estimated New England's maximum theoretical wind generation potential as approximately 94,000 MW, of which 34,000 MW was from offshore resources. For offshore sites, the effective Forward Capacity Marketing (FCM) capacity rating was 26% for summer and 46% for winter.
Energy & Climate Change Planning
The plan outlines the action steps the State of Maine should consider implementing in order to achieve energy independence over the next 50 years, and consists of six main components: 1) strengthening energy efficiency, conservation, and weatherization; fostering renewable energy; improving transportation and fuel efficiencies; upgrading electricity and natural gas services and transmission infrastructure; State of Maine Leading by Example; and, energy emergency preparedness and response.
Element 781 of the Rhode Island State Guide Plan encourages continued private sector development of renewable energy applications and supports studies to determine the feasibility of establishing a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for Rhode Island.
The report contains detailed policy objectives and implementation strategies to address Georgia's current and future energy concerns, including exploring opportunities for offshore wind production through support of the Georgia Wind Working Group.
Recommends the development of a South Carolina Ocean Action Plan and a leasing program for submerged lands. Summarizes offshore wind energy activities in other states, and outlines the regulatory roadmap for offshore wind projects in South Carolina.
The study recommends 51 specific policies to mitigate climate change, including a voluntary, economy-wide goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5% below 1990 levels by 2020.
The report states that although Massachusetts has implemented many effective and indeed nation-leading programs, there is a real likelihood that the state will fall short of its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) goal-- a 25% reduction from 1990 levels. It calls for additional action, including launching stalled initiatives within the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020; adding measurement and coordination where little exists; and appointing a cabinet-level climate administrator to manage all aspects of the cross-agency program.
The state-level assessment of climate change impacts is specifically geared to assist in the development of adaptation strategies in a range of sectors: Water Resources, Coastal Zones, Ecosystems, Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, Telecommunications, and Public Health.
The report found that substantial areas of at least 506 federal lease blocks have a wind-capacity factor of commercially attractive
(>30 percent) to outstanding (>40 percent) in which no serious conflicts with wildlife, existing human uses, or natural factors that would inhibit successful installment of wind turbines have been identified. These could accomodate as much as 50,000 MW of nameplate capacity, generating a yearly average of 20,000 MW of power.
The Assessment evaluates the existing, planned, and potential use of New Yorkﾒs renewable energy resources. New York's total offshore wind technical/practical potential was estimated to be 534 MW.