Offshore wind development area cut

Federal officials have agreed to reduce a large section of ocean off Massachusetts being considered for wind energy projects by more than half, according to Cape Cod online.

The decision cuts a 3,000-square-mile area mostly located southwest of Nantucket that was being considered for offshore wind energy projects to roughly 1,300 square miles. The article said fishermen and marine mammals use the area a lot and some is already set aside to protect a yellow-tailed flounder fishery.

The majority of the remaining area available for lease begins about 14 miles off the coast of the Vineyard and 24 miles south of Nantucket.

So far, 10 companies have expressed interest in leasing portions of the area south of the island but some of those will be reemoved from consideration. However, the western half of the area that remains can still host the 4,000 MW of offshore wind energy that state officials have estimated could be produced, the article stated.

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