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The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has issued a report, "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Potential at State-Owned Facilities," which provides estimates of renewable energy and energy at facilities and lands owned by the state. The report was mandated by the Massachusetts Green Jobs Act of 2008.

Installed renewable energy on state-owned property now exceeds 12 MW. According to the report, wind power represents the largest potential renewable energy resource on state property. The grounds of various Massachusetts facilities are potential sites for smaller-scale wind installations, while some large tracts of commonwealth-owned land on ridgelines and near the coast offer the possibility of utility-scale wind power generation.

The distribution of these sites across Massachusetts is driven by wind resources, which primarily consists of Class 2 to 4 winds. Utility-scale wind opportunities represent almost 91% of the total planned and potential megawatt capacity, while planned small-scale wind opportunities equal 57 MW, representing about 5% of the total.

Forty-four sites with the best wind resource, which have a total nameplate capacity of approximately 947 MW and would produce roughly 2.2 TWh of power, have been identified in the report. The majority of this land is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and many of the parcels contain Article 97 lands.

The sites for utility-scale projects were identified as potentially suitable for wind development through geographic information system analysis conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Renewable Energy Laboratory in collaboration with the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs


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