Windfarm In what officials are calling a historic day for offshore renewable energy, the federal government on Wednesday auctioned off more than 164,000 acres of ocean southwest of Martha’s Vineyard to a wind energy developer.

The leases, in two parts, went to Rhode Island-based developer Deepwater Wind New England LLC, for a total of $3.8 million. Winning the auction gives Deepwater Wind the right to develop wind energy projects in the lease area.

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