Government Policy & Regulation

New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study

Source/Sponsor: 
Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Creator/Author: 
Stephanie McClellan
Description: 

A new study, conducted by the University of Delaware's Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps New York State can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade. The study finds that ongoing technology and industry advances combined with actions New York could take, independently or with other states, could lower costs for offshore wind power as much as 50 percent and bring the clean-energy source closer to realizing its potential for "delivering utility-scale renewable electric generation" to New York City and nearby areas such as Long Island.  

A primary conclusion from the report is that supporting offshore wind development at scale, rather than on a project-by-project basis, could have the greatest impact on reducing costs.  Other actions the report cites that could lower costs include creating and using innovative financing mechanisms, developing infrastructure to reduce costs, and supporting site characterization for early projects to reduce development expenses and risk.

The study notes that while onshore wind development has expanded rapidly in the U.S., no operational offshore wind power projects have been completed to date due to complex construction challenges and the need for operational infrastructure that doesn't exist today in the U.S.  These factors lead to high costs and have delayed deployment.

The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in New York State, emphasizing that the "State can take actions in the near term to lower its costs substantially, independent of expected external reductions over the next decade." The study finds that taking advantage of wind turbine innovations and other technology and industry advances could lower costs about 20 percent. Direct steps taken by New York State could contribute up to an additional 30 percent reduction in a project's cost.http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/File%20Library/About/SIOW/New-York-Offshore-Wind-Cost-Reduction-Study-ff8-2.pdf

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States

Source/Sponsor: 
Department of Energy
Creator/Author: 
Department of Energy
Description: 

Building on and updating the 2008 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, the new Wind Vision Report quantifies the economic, environmental, and social benefits of a robust wind energy future and the actions that wind stakeholders can take to make it a reality. http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/WindVision_Report_final.pdf 

Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document

BOEM Issues First Wind Energy Research Lease

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME).

This is BOEM’s first executed wind energy research lease. Under this lease, DMME proposes to design, develop and demonstrate a grid-connected, 12-megawatt (MW) offshore wind test facility on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the coast of Virginia – adjacent to the Virginia Wind Energy Area (WEA). The data obtained and lessons learned from this project will be made publicly available and inform the future production of renewable energy within the WEA. http://www.boem.gov/press03242015a/

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Resource Type: 
Other
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SR112 Senate Resolution in Support of Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Stephen Sweeney
Creator/Author: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Stephen Sweeney
Description: 

A Senate Resolution urging the Board of Public Utilities to expeditiously adopt regulations pursuant to the “Offshore Wind Economic Development Act” to implement an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program and pursuant to the “Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act” to establish energy efficiency portfolio standards.  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/SR/112_I1.HTM

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

NJ Senate Bill 2711 in Support of Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Jim Whelan
Creator/Author: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Jim Whelan
Description: 

This bill would require the Board of Public Utilities to approve a qualified wind energy project that is located in territorial waters offshore of a municipality in which casino gaming is authorized as provided in section 4 of P.L.2010, c.57 (C.48:3-87.2). The bill  would also remove the requirements that (1) the entity seeking to construct the project prepare and submit a cost-benefit analysis to the board, and (2) the board's approval of the project depend in part upon the results of a cost-benefit analysis.

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S3000/2711_I1.PDF

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

An Act to Promote Energy Diversity

Source/Sponsor: 
Rep. Patricia Haddad
Creator/Author: 
Rep. Patricia Haddad
Description: 

Rep. Patricia Haddad introduced legislation calling for utilities to solicit offshore wind energy from developers and requiring them to enter into commercially-reasonable, long-term contracts. This document, House Bill 3217, is available here.

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 16, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document

LIPA Resolution for the Purchase of Renewable Energy

Source/Sponsor: 
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
Creator/Author: 
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
Description: 

Long Island Power Authority board resolution regarding the 2014 RFP for up to 280 MW of New, On-Island, Renewable Capacity and Energy.  LIPA chose 11 solar projects for the RFP; these projects are eligible for 20-year PPAs. Read the complete utility resolution online here.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

Cape Wind District Court Ruling Illustrates Challenges Faced in Coordinating Large-Scale Development across Multiple Agencies, Resources and Statutes

Source/Sponsor: 
Venable
Creator/Author: 
David Dickman, Margearet Kuhn, Laura Booman
Description: 

The March 2014 District Court ruling for Cape Wind, included claims that the project would be in violation of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. This piece briefly explains the plaintiffs claim, as well as the legal reasoning provided by the court in finding for the defendant on each of these claims. 

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Resource Type: 
Document

Jon Mitchell Remarks Concerning HN 3698

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
Creator/Author: 
Jon Mitchell
Description: 

Jon Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford, MA, provides remarks on Massachusetts House Number 3968, a bill requiring energy distribution companies to buy no less than 18,900,000 MWH from clean energy generators. Mitchell argues that the bill should have a carveout for offshore wind generators. 

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Resource Type: 
Document

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Federal Approval of Offshore Wind Deployment

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Catherine Williams, Matt Kakley
Description: 

The Patrick-Murray Administration announced EPA approval of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. This approval allows the project to accept bids from prospective developers. The project is a $100 million facility designed for marine traffic related to offshore wind turbine installation. 

Read the press release here

Publication Date: 
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Resource Type: 
Website

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