Wind_turbine An auction that starts Wednesday (July 31) morning will decide who among a host of aspiring developers will win the right to build wind farms in a swath of federal waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The auction for two leases in a 257-square-mile area in Rhode Island Sound will be the first of its kind in the nation. Although the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has held numerous auctions for leasing rights to drill for oil and gas in the nation’s coastal waters — as did its predecessor in the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Minerals Management Agency — no federal agency has ever done the same for offshore renewable energy.

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