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January 13, 2022

Feds to lease 500K acres for offshore wind farms

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government will lease an area larger than half the size of Rhode Island off New Jersey's and New York's coasts for wind power development, the first offshore lease in the Biden administration, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Wednesday.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management auction of nearly 500,000 acres is planned for next month and covers parcels off the so-called New York Bight and could lead to enough energy production to power up to 2 million homes, according to the Interior Department.

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