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Leasing process begins for new offshore wind farm

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that the federal government has opened up an area off Massachusetts and Rhode Island to gauge interest from wind energy developers.

"By focusing on priority areas with high wind potential and fewer conflicts and conducting early, coordinated reviews, we can accelerate the leasing process and drive investment, development and jobs to Rhode Island and Massachusetts," Salazar said.

The two states agreed in 2010 to collaborate on offshore wind energy projects in 400 square miles of federal water southwest of Martha's Vineyard.

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