To support its ocean planning efforts, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) sought to identify potential areas for the placement of energy technologies that appear to be reasonably capable of development within the next decade. CZM contracted with TRC to identify and map locations for reasonably foreseeable ocean-based energy facility technologies in Massachusetts’ state waters and in federal waters up to 200 miles from the Massachusetts coastline.
TRC conducted research into offshore energy technologies to determine which are reasonably foreseeable for development and to understand the key technology-specific siting parameters (“screening criteria”) that limit development potential. TRC mapped the potential development areas for each technology. The chief technologies that were identified as reasonably foreseeable included: offshore wind turbines, tidal in-stream energy conversion (TISEC) devices, wave energy, and the siting of offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals.
TRC’s report mapped locations most likely to be developed for each technology based on siting parameters and macroeconomic factors. This information was used by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs as a key component in the development of the Ocean Management Plan, which was published as a draft in June 2009.