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Offshore wind energy projects abound

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Tuesday that it completed an important step in identifying a Wind Energy Area off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts under the Department of the Interior’s “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative.

The Wind Energy Area comprises approximately 164,750 acres within the area of mutual interest identified by Rhode Island and Massachusetts in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two states in 2010.

Click here for the full press release and click here for information on the Wind Energy Area, including a map of the area.

Meanwhile, south along the East Coast, for the second time within a month, a consultant retained by New Jersey has determined that a wind farm proposed for three miles off the coast from Atlantic City has failed to justify the economic benefits of moving forward.

Click here for that report.

And in Maine, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and its Maine Task Force are overseeing offshore wind development projects offshore.

“Is Offshore Wind Coming to Maine?” is the title of an afternoon-long session at the upcoming Maine Fishermen’s Forum. The three-day forum, from March 1-3, will be held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

The offshore wind session is 1-4:30 p.m. March 3.

Click here for that report.