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EBC Wind Energy Seminar: MA Ocean Plan – What it Means for Offshore Wind
April 12, 2010 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Governor Patrick has set a goal of developing 2,000 MW of wind energy in Massachusetts by 2020. Based on available resources, it is expected that at least 75% of the State’s wind generating capacity will come from offshore sources. The Legislature enacted the Oceans Act in May of 2008, in part, to address interpretations of the Ocean Sanctuaries Act that prohibited renewable energy generation activities in most of the State’s Waters. While the jurisdictional area of the ocean plan extends just three miles from shore and extensive wind energy development is anticipated beyond state limits in Federally-controlled waters, the Ocean Plan sends a strong signal as to the extent of the Patrick Administration’s support for offshore wind. This EBC Wind Energy Program will provide a review of the offshore wind aspects of the Final Ocean Plan released by the Governor on January 4, 2010, and discuss what it means for future offshore wind development and achievement of the Administration’s goals.
Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Sue Tierney, Analysis Group
- Transmission Study for Integration of Off Shore Wind Power
- James DeMetro, MA Department of Energy Resources
- Long-Term Contracts for Renewable Energy
7:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Program
Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Renewable Energy Areas
Renewable Energy Areas are places specifically designated for commercial wind energy facilities, in recognition of the need to provide opportunity for renewable energy generation at a meaningful scale, but to do so with careful regard for potential environmental impacts. While other renewable energy technologies are allowed in these areas, it does not appear that commercial-scale opportunities for wave or tidal energy exist in the areas given currently available technology.
The draft ocean plan identifies two proposed designated Wind Energy Areas in the vicinity of the southern end of the Elizabeth Islands and southwest of Nomans Land. Adjacent to these areas, EEA has identified potentially suitable locations in federal waters for commercial-scale wind energy development. Comprising 2 percent of the planning area, this territory is capable of supporting 166 wind turbines of 3.6 megawatts each? roughly 600 megawatts total, or enough capacity to power up to 200,000 homes.