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US to auction parcels for wind energy development

Nearly 165,000 acres off Vineyard, R.I., will be leased

The federal government will lease nearly 165,000 acres off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island next month for wind power development, in the first such auction on the US outer continental shelf, officials said Tuesday.

The Department of the Interior said in a statement that nine companies, including the developer of the controversial Cape Wind project, will be eligible to participate in the auction. It is scheduled to begin in phases on July 29 and 31.

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