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Historic Day for Offshore Wind! First-Ever U.S. Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New England

Posted Thu, Aug 1, 2013 by Grace O'Connor to clean energy, lease sale, massachusetts, offshore wind, rhode island

Offshore wind turbines off Walney Island in the Irish Sea. l Photo: Andy Dingley

Big news for offshore wind! Yesterday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the first-ever competitive offshore wind lease sale in the U.S. off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Wind Energy Area, located 9.2 nautical miles offshore, covers about 164,750 acres and is divided into two lease areas, referred to as the North Lease Area, and the South Lease Area, which cover 97,500 and 67,250 acres, respectively. This is an important and momentous step towards developing a clean, abundant energy source in the U.S.


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