Second offshore wind energy lease sale announced

Interior Department Outer Continental Shelf OCS wind energy lease Virginia Beach Rhode Island Massachusetts

The Interior Department announced that it will hold its second competitive lease sale for offshore wind on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) on Sept. 4. The auction will offer nearly 112,800 acres offshore Virginia for wind energy leases.

The wind energy area near Virginia Beach will be auctioned as a single lease with 19 full OCS blocks and 13 sub-blocks. It has the potential to support more than 2,000 MW of wind capacity.

In June, Interior announced its first wind energy lease sale for an area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. That sale is scheduled for July 31.

To see the Final Sale Notice, click here.

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