New Massachusetts Wind Area Would Nearly Double Federal Offshore Capacity
The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced plans for the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, the largest offshore wind zone in U.S. federal waters. After a public comment period closes August 18, the agency will parcel out the area in four separate auctions. According to WBUR Boston, the 1,000-square-mile development zone is about the size of Rhode Island and located about 12 miles off Martha’s Vineyard. It could nearly double the federal offshore wind available for development.