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First major U.S. offshore wind farm

The gateway to Long Island Sound may get a bit busier with an offshore wind energy project planned for a 160,000 acre area south of Martha’s Vineyard. An array of wind turbines, spaced at least eight-tenths of a mile apart, will connect to cables buried for 35 miles below the sea floor and toward Cape Cod.

In an area of the ocean nearly the size of New York City, the new U.S. presidential administration will restart permitting for the project, called Vineyard Wind, reversing a decision by the previous administration that canceled the process late last year in part due to concerns its turbines would interfere with commercial fishing.

Deemed the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management would commence an environmental review of Vineyard Wind as part of the administration’s broad plan to speed renewable energy development on federal lands and waters…

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