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2 areas off Massachusetts available for offshore wind energy

April 6, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — The Department of the Interior has announced that two additional areas located off Massachusetts are now available for commercial wind energy development.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday that the area has tremendous offshore wind energy potential. He said the Trump administration supports “an all-of-the-above energy policy and using every tool available to achieve American energy dominance.”

The two areas total nearly 390,000 acres.

The department said it identified areas that can support a large-scale commercial wind project, while minimizing the impacts to fishing habitats, marine species, and other uses of the outer continental shelf.

The department said that a notice for the proposed wind power commercial development on the outer continental shelf off Massachusetts will be published on April 11. There will be a 60-day public comment period.

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