The US Government has awarded new offshore wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts that are said to be worth over $405 million and which have the potential to develop up to 4.1 gigawatts of offshore wind. Block Island Wind Farm The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a part of the US Department of the Interior which is run by Secretary Ryan Zinke — one of several Trump Cabinet Members under Federal investigation by the Department of Justice — announced on Friday the results of its eighth offshore wind lease auction for approximately 390,000 acres offshore Massachusetts. In the end, three provisional winners were announced, with bids worth a combined $405 million for total potential developmental capacity of 4.1 GW of commercial offshore wind generation — which would be enough to power the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million homes. “To anyone who doubted that our ambitious vision for energy dominance would not include renewables, today we put that rumor to rest,” said Secretary Zinke. “With bold leadership, faster, streamlined environmental reviews, and a lot of hard work with our states and fishermen, we’ve given the wind industry the confidence to think and bid big.” Secretary’s Zinke’s outlook […]

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